These are truly dark times for all Americans. The events of Sept. 11 will forever be a dark day in our great country’s history, imprinted in our minds eternally.
Like all Americans across our nation, I am experiencing the full gamut of emotions. Anger, disbelief, incredible sadness. I cry unashamedly for my fallen countrymen. I would like to ask all Americans in these difficult days ahead to avoid some of the critical mistakes of our past, by not directing their anger and rage in the wrong direction by harassing or causing grief and harm to the law abiding Arab-Americans in our communities.
These people have come here to escape oppression and tyranny, much as we did in the early 1700s. To be free and raise families as they see fit and to reap the fruits of honest labor. They are Americans. These are values we as Americans hold sacred. Freedom to worship the God of our own choosing. Freedom to be whatever you choose to be.
Let us not repeat the same mistakes we made with the internment of the Japanese during World War II. Trust in our government to swing the sword of justice in the right direction. Let our law enforcement do their jobs. We all need each other now more than ever. God bless America. God bless us all.