By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
I remember that my social studies teacher said that the United States (US) is an experiment whereby people of other nations are melted into one. I remember thinking, how wonderful! But today, I ask, where is that melting pot?
José Feliciano sang the Star Spangled Banner in the 1968 World Series. Most US citizens criticized him, “supposedly for his unique interpretation of it”. Would they have criticized him if he were a blue eyed and a blond haired artist? Click here to watch that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQkY2UFBUb4
That same year, Dr. Martin Luther Jr. was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee, because he was fighting for civil rights for US Black citizens. Why does anyone who is a citizen of a nation have to fight for his civil rights? Isn’t that supposed to come automatically?
Obviously, many people resist this melting pot idea. Elvis Presley seized the opportunity to close his 1968 TV special with a song written especially to express his sentiment, “If I could Dream”. Click here to watch that video: https://youtu.be/u-pP_dCenJA
These people who resist the melting pot idea are alive and well today. Many of them are President Trump’s supporters.
José Feliciano said in a recent interview, that nobody loves the United States more than he does. Too bad that his love isn’t reciprocated by a great portion of US citizens! Click here to watch that video: https://youtu.be/xd9JXol7otM
Rodney King said, after being almost beaten to death by the police, “Why can’t we all be friends?” We can’t as long as racists are in power! www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com
Why can’t we all be friends?