Trump is a symptom of cancer in America’s roots

There is no denying that the Trump Administration’s Muslim ban and anti-immigration policies are racist and xenophobic; and it speaks to the deep cancer embedded in the very roots of our founding as a country.

From the very beginning, when they wanted land, they called our Native brothers and sisters savages and heathens.

When they wanted black bodies and slave labor, they called us only three-fifths human and apes.

When they wanted to hate and to shut people out, they called our immigrant friends, family, and neighbors chinks, japs, towelheads, and terrorists.

And When Donald Trump wanted to lock up and separate children and families seeking asylum from gang violence, drug cartels, and violence against women, he called them criminals, rapists, drug dealers, and animals. 

The deep cancer of colonialism, racism, and xenophobia run deep and it will take more than one movement and many lifetimes to root it out. Because, as the saying goes, the arch of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Let us bend it a little more.

And there are many in this country who want to go back and to relive the past, but you and me we don’t want the same old story. We want to write a new one.

A story where every man, woman, person and child are treated with dignity and humanity.

A story where our struggle is not one that divides people and separates families; our story should be the struggle of progress and prosperity for all of us – not just some of us.

But a new story can’t write itself. You and me, all of us, we must march. We must protest. We must rally, raises our voices, vote, and speak truth to power. We must write a new story for humanity now… or they will write it for us.

Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”