“Go back to where you came from.” Oh, how those words ring a painful note in my brain. To be ousted from a place whose ancestors sweat, labored, toiled and died to build what we now call America.

This phrase is said by cowed people because they don’t appreciate the shade of my skin or who I consider the creator. With the exception of the Native Americans, either we or our past relatives, all journeyed here from where our roots originally grew. But what's flourishing now here is an alignment of bigotry and Manifest Destiny.

The hatred of another race primarily fueled by a persons skin color; and the philosophy that Manifest Destiny held that the United States was destined — by God — to expand its dominion, and in this occurrence, to spread the doctrine that only Anglos with white privilege are allowed in this land.

In his farewell speech to the country, President Ronald Reagon spoke of the driving force of immigration. I quote: “Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American. We draw our people, our strength, from every country and every corner of the world ... Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge; always leading the world to the next frontier.”

So, we now stand at the crossroads where we can either believe and choose to follow the words of a past president whom to many was God himself, or follow the jester who wants to put a crown on his head, and lead his like-minded gang behind him to an ill-fated field of venom and hostility; with the final act being a country who has lost its soul and sense of humanity.

Len Pacheco

Yucaipa

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