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  • In the midst of all the emotions in the media surrounding Dallas, I began to remember another shooting in Dallas many years ago that also took up the emotions of our country: John F. Kennedy's. I was let out of school early that day, and everyone on the bus was crying silently. I remember not understanding the depth of the event at that moment, but understood more and more as the country huddled around the television during the funeral and mourned our loss. Family who had recently emigrated from Argentina, cried along with us as we watched a little boy saluting his father good bye. So now Dallas is in the country's heart and soul again.

    I visited New York City this past weekend, a place I've visited many, many times before, but never visited the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. So today I got on a water tour and cruised past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty as well. Even though I emigrated through Miami not Ellis Island, the emotion of the immigrants waiting to be let into America still welled up. I stood at the Ground Zero 911 Memorial surrounded by thousands of tourists speaking a thousand languages coming together to remember what happened in 2001. It was solemn and respectful.

    America is a great place, a place that has seen conflict and aggression and oppression and hope. I am sickened by the election and the rhetoric coming from the polarized corners of our country. We need to remember where we come from and what our country means to us and the rest of the world. Be nice.
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