Thursday Reading Links #13 (just one very sad link)

Well, this week has been very hard. Not because of anything that happened to me. But because I don’t feel good about myself or my life when there is so much atrocity in this world. I know I’m not the only one who feels devastated by the recent graphic image of a man and his young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande trying to make it to the USA for a decent life. A life away from drugs and crime and gangs.

Besides voting and donating money to charities that provide services to the migrants, I don’t know what else to do. Maybe I should talk about it and spread the word that this is not ok and it should not be normalized? I don’t know if it will make a difference. So I’ll try.

My fellow US citizens: Think about where you came from. Think about where your parents came from. Think about your grandparents. My mother left Greece as a very young woman after the Greek Civil War so she can earn money making automobile parts in the Daimler Benz Factory in Germany. She did this to take care of her family back in Greece. They were so poor and so heartbroken from the ravages of Nazi-occupied Greece, the famine and a decades long civil war. She had to leave to earn a living. Just like the migrants at the border. Then there is my mother’s mother. She was an ethnic Greek who was kicked out of Turkey during the population exchange. She had to leave. Then there is me. I once had to leave too and now I am living in the US, also an immigrant but now a US citizen, along with millions of Americans who also came from somewhere else. We all came from somewhere else. If not us, then certainly our grandparents and their grandparents. No one really has a right to not allow others to enter this country. No one. The only true Americans are the Native Americans. We must remember this.

Please vote. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE this insane man out of office.

Apologies for my grammatical errors. I am quite emotional and heartbroken. Please vote.