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Immigration Today, Discrimination 50 Years Ago

Original post made by Paul Losch on Aug 21, 2013

The August, 1963 March on Washington, which culminated in Martin Luther King's speech in front of the Lincoln Monument, is remembered profoundly this month.

His was a great speech. His message was not about the "negro," but something even deeper.

In the SF Bay Area, we live in a part of the world that has embraced that larger deeper message. Would that were the case around the country.

Sadly, the words on the Statue of Liberty about immigration back in the day do not appear to have much moral value among many who are today in the corridors of power.

This country still discriminates mightily. A sad thing to say 50 years after one of the most powerful speeches ever delivered. In front of a monument to a leader who gave another of the most powerful speeches even delivered.

Comments

Posted by Sam, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

"In the SF Bay Area, we live in a part of the world that has embraced that larger deeper message."

Paul, remember the grape boycott, in the SF Bay Area, in favor of Cesar Chavez? It was a big deal, and sold as a civil rights issue. However, Cesar opposed mechanization in the agriculture fields, even though that meant more stoop labor, thus immense more human suffering.

Are you sure you want to stick with your comment, Paul?


Posted by Shar, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

One of the top American speeches of all time. It's importance then and now cannot be minimized (though a number of following posts may well try.....)


Posted by Shar, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Mr. "Chavez=StoopLabor" is back?

C'mon J, your point has been deconstructed in other threads before and found lacking in credibility.

Open up another thread devoted to it, rather than going on in an off-topic rant and polluting this discussion.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Every time I have to fill in a form that asks the ethnicity of myself or my kids, I think of this speech.

We may not be judged by the color of our skin, but we are definitely counted by it.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

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Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Aug 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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Posted by Sam, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm

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Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Aug 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

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Posted by That User Name is already, a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm

That User Name is already is a registered user.

Anyone with the opinion that racism is not an issue still, need only imagine the comments above that were deleted.

Editors: thanks for upholding civility.