February 13, 2014 in Letters, Opinion

Ad outrage flunks history

 

What is this selfish, immature cry against Coca-Cola for a commercial showing “America the Beautiful” being sung in several different languages? Are the critics unaware of the inscription graven on the pedestal on which the Statue of Liberty stands?

“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.”

“America the Beautiful” and our national anthem can and should be sung in our national language and the home language of every American citizen who chooses to do so, as well as those who desire citizenship; all who were born here, all whose forefathers came to this country, those who are still arriving on our shores, and the original residents of this land, now called American Indians.

I ask all to read and learn about our history from the full text of the inscription on our Statue of Liberty on website www.libertystatepark.com/emma.htm. Let’s continue to open our arms to those desiring freedom.

Dollee Meredith

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