I hope this message finds you well. In the midst of the complex world we live in today, I want to take a moment to discuss an important issue that affects us all: fear and the immigrant experience.
Over the past few years, we have witnessed a troubling rise in fear, particularly related to issues like antisemitism and Islamophobia. These fears have, unfortunately, expanded to include anyone who looks or acts differently, like immigrants. Many people and groups across the United States are living with a sense of unease and apprehension. They are fearful of expressing their true selves, their beliefs, and their unique identities. It’s a challenging and concerning situation, but I want to emphasize that there is hope and optimism even in these trying times.
As an Israeli, a Jew, and an immigrant, I have personally experienced what it feels like to be treated differently or considered an outsider. However, it’s essential to remember that America has always been a beacon of hope and opportunity for people from all walks of life and faiths. It is a land where diversity is celebrated, and individuals can coexist peacefully, pursuing their dreams and aspirations.
While it’s true that recent events may have shaken our belief in the unity and inclusivity of this great nation, I firmly believe that we can collectively work towards preserving the values that make America so exceptional. It is our shared responsibility to stand up against hatred, discrimination, and fear.
Let us not forget the strength that comes from our diverse backgrounds and experiences. Together, we can overcome these challenges. By fostering understanding, empathy, and unity, we can continue to build a better future for ourselves and the generations to come.
In the face of adversity, let us remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” We have the power to be the light that dispels fear and hatred.
Thank you for being a part of this journey. Together, we can ensure that the American dream remains alive for everyone, regardless of their background or faith. Let us move forward with hope, determination, and the belief that unity will always triumph over fear.
Wishing you strength, courage, and optimism in these challenging times.
Andres “Work in Progress Optimist” Mejer