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Goal for 2020 clear

To the Journal editor:

Our current president’s recent remarks with respect to the four female legislators of color compelled me to write this (letter to the editor).

His remarks just confirm what we already know about this man, that he is a misogynist, narcissistic demagogue of the worst kind. Sadly one-third of the voters in this country agree with him, fortunately two-thirds do not.

Being essentially 100% Italian and of brownish skin color, I’m sure that I’d be put in the same category as the legislators and be asked to go back where I came from. Therefore, I take his comments personally.

Being proud of my Italian heritage, with both sets of my grandparents immigrating from Italy in the early 1900’s in search for a better life for themselves and their offspring, which to their credit, they accomplished. A perfect life, no. A much better life, yes. In doing some “googling” I found that southern Italians (of which I am) who immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900’s were put in a classification of “non white”, therefore not Caucasian. This led to discrimination, similar to other immigrants of color, especially in the workplace, where they were referred to as “wops”.

It is clear that this president wants to “cleanse” this country of people of color, so that all residents are of central/northern European ethnicity. In other words, all “white”. But that is not what or who we are as a nation. We are a country of immigrants. In the words of the great coach Vince Lombardi, when the Packers first had black players on the team, he told them, “I see two colors when I look at you players, “Green and Gold”. A lesson for us all.

With respect to the many people that want to come to the U.S. from south of the border (people of color), the vast majority want no more than my grandparents did, an opportunity for a better life.

If this president is successful in stopping these people, we should then remove the plaque from base of of the Statue of Liberty, which reads in part “Give me you tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Because the words would then be meaningless.

In closing, in 2020, I believe the campaign slogan for the two-thirds of us who disagree with this president should be “Make America Sane Again.”