Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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We are here now. As I have said before regarding both Indian and American Governments’ many recent actions, it is not about necessarily the actions or the solutions that I question, which I am really trying hard to put my good faith in, it is about the narrative and the language that has been introduced underneath all of this; one knowingly or unknowingly carrying us towards divisiveness when our only slogan today should be about love and unity.

Statue of Liberty poem is symbolic to me. It is how I have always vehemently believed in my American Dream. I still do in my own romantic ways a poet can never give up. But now it has a memory of that ‘you are welcome here as an immigrant with certain restrictions and as long as xyz conditions met’, which is absolutely fine really. America is changing to protect herself, folks tell me, and that is obviously ok .

I am just nostalgic about that poetry and vision no other country could ever come up with, that greatness and strength which is not everyone’s cup of tea. America as I dreamt of it, is changing, and that’s fine. I am American because of her once uncorrupted vision I carry myself now. It is safe in my hands now.

Last point I will make is my anger and frustration on mainstream media. BBC reported in above article this somewhat isolated statement “No one has a right to become an American who isn’t born here as an American.” which absolutely shocked me until I read the whole interview in NPR. Please let’s make sure we are carefully auditing our news sources and not believing in the make believe bubbles, feeds and cults strategically curated for us by the corrupt ones hungry for money and political power. We are in these shit storms together. Let’s figure it out together intelligently.



Vaishali Paliwal

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