Dear Lady Liberty,
As you stand in the harbor watching over our nation, I imagine the tears falling down your face. I imagine your heart has been broken by the problems we have created. I imagine that as you are standing in the harbor you are watching how we systematically kill your children. Today, you are the figure of a mother burying her children.
We will destroy the liberty and freedom we fought to create over the years. Marches occurred to fight for our rights, but overnight we seemed to forget the power “We the people” have. We continue to marginalize groups of people because they are different.
We have forgotten our past and ignored our history. We have tried to erase it. We have ignored the wound and now it is infected, and I apologize. Lady Liberty. I apologize for not taking care of your children or valuing the idea of freedom and liberty.
I apologize for the lack of effort to promote unity.
I am sorry.
I will apologize to you when the rest of the nation is in turmoil. I apologize while everyone else ignores that movements and moments start at home.
I have hope that we learn how to respect our differences. I hope that we will not forget our past. I hope, that we learn how to improve our future. I hope that as a nation, we figure out how to move forward together.
I hope that as the turmoil subsides we learn that we all must be part of the solution. Sitting by is no longer an option. I hope that we learn that small actions matter just as much and large ones. I hope that we realize that change starts and ends with our efforts We have to stand up and move forward together.
We cannot forget the harsh truth of our past. The hurt and pain we have faced as a nation. We cannot forget how you, Lady Liberty, witnessed what we have become as a nation. How we have built ourselves up by oppression. You watch how we beat down on others just to build up this American identity—an American identity which spans beyond the white skin or brown skin or yellow skin or tan skin, that any one of us possess. Our history is ugly, but our future can be great.
Our present should not be a movement to rewind the clock.
Lady Liberty, I extend my hand to offer you hope. All is not lost, but these are trying times.
I hope that I will leave a better nation for my children, for your children and all children.
I hope that we take back the power that we have been given as citizens and exercise our rights.
I hope that we understand.
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