Quote: Keeping score of old wounds and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are. (attrib. Malcolm Forbes)
“It is personal…hurtful.” (Kamala Harris, 1st Democratic debate, 6.27.19)
In the news: After Immigrant Families Are Reunited, Scars of Separation Remain (Arian Campo-Flores and Melanie Graye West, WSJ 7.15.18)
In context: Kamala Harris floored Joe Biden in the first round of the Democratic debate toward the next presidency and her super-star barb could not have hit deeper. The question at this critical time is whether America can afford for Democrats to back a candidate who still has personal scores to settle in her public professional role.
The aim of the 2020 election is to free America from the amoral clutches of a con-man who has the awesome powers of his tation at his command. In that position, Trump has hurled his personal peeves and tantrums on the country. Neither American nor the world can stand the stress of so much unrelenting uncertainty about what comes next. A black woman with issues about her past merely foreshadows the flip-side of white supremacist Donald Trump.
I myself am an immigrant woman , white and a hundred percent American. The scars I carry from being a child refugee after the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution against Soviet domination still pop up in my daily life. I mistrust Russia, I identify with the migrant kids currently at the southern US border and I interact just fine with UN colleagues during contract work and with Muslim Arabs in my neighborhood. I have no bigger chip on my shoulder than anyone else because we have one quality in common. We are glad to be here in America.
Natural-born Americans, on the other hand, take the country, it’s blessing and its problems for granted. That’s why America needs immigrants, to remind the ingrates that they have much to be thankful for, as in taking part in righting the country when it goes askew.
The geographically blessed US did just that with the Emancipation Proclamation and the resultant Civil War. The United States inherited the slave trade from global forebears and the country put an end to it. Scars remain and the country has a with a special social burden to eradicate the remnants of the unfairness deeded to it. But that burden is shared by both black and white Americans who must work together to resolve problems regardless of those who oppose the resolution of them. In the global world of today, that cooperation extends who are neither black or white. But what they share with those two groups is that they want to be Americans. And America needs them in a time when global climate change makes every American a refugee from the family home at any minute.
History has created a global social and racial hierarchy which is now breaking down. White supremacists emerge ever more strongly as Britain’s Princess Diana took up with an Arab and Prince Harry married an American of mixed racial ancestry. By its history, America is well situated to take the lead in this global advancement through diversity. It will be as soon as blacks let go of grudges, liberal whites give up their defensiveness and both unite to unseat the bullies terrorizing both them and the new immigrants who want to be Americans.