Maintaining with the adage “you go the place the work is,” I landed in Jamaica, Queens, New York Metropolis. In line with the federal authorities, Jamaica, N.Y., is probably the most racially numerous spot on the planet. Sixty % of the inhabitants have been born someplace aside from america and most converse English as a second language. It’s a polyglot in each sense of the phrase.
Jamaica, Queens, is the way forward for America, and our future is safe. Why? As a result of it really works.
Jamaica is what the USA was based to be. America is a land of immigrants. It rewards change and punishes the established order. Nowhere is that this extra evident than in Jamaica.
Final semester I had college students from Bangladesh, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Giana, India, Jamaica (the island), Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago.
My college students symbolize each main faith on earth — Buddhism, Christianity (Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox), Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism (Orthodox and Reformed). Everybody works collectively. All of them have the identical aim: to make America their very own.
Regardless of Trump’s nativist tendencies, his views have all the time been rejected over time. My college students are the rationale. In 20 years these individuals can be operating the present, and America might be stronger due to it.
Nativism and xenophobia are antithetical to the dream that’s America. Whereas Trump’s views are nothing new, they’re wrongheaded. Because the starting of recorded historical past, no superpower has ever been homogeneous. America is not any exception. Our greatness is based in our variety, not our similarities. America is the best nation on the face of the earth. It didn’t turn out to be such by constructing partitions and searching inward.
The Woman in New York Harbor was right here earlier than Trump and his followers. She is going to nonetheless be there when they’re gone. Beliefs are transcendent.
Previously of Grand Forks