We are a country known for it’s diverse cuisine. One need not travel to Tokyo to taste the best Japanese Curry; or visit Athens for some good Taramasalata. San Francisco alone boasts of different kitchens serving the finest and most authentic dishes. While this is true, food is only the second best thing about our nation (at least that’s what I think).
Our diversity is what makes this country great and strong. My parents hail from small towns in central Philippines. They were recruited to come to the United States for their skills. My mom was a young midwife when she migrated. She met my dad, who was then the architect for the medical facility she was working at. I know that most, if not all of us, are related or closely acquainted with immigrants. Our roots may not be originally from here but our culture, beliefs and traditions have been deeply interwoven in our daily lives, and have become silently embedded in the society we now proudly belong to.
All of our lives matter but BLM speaks out against the police brutality and systemic racism that caused the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor, as well as the thousands of violent incidents that happen to Black people that aren’t recorded, aren’t reported or aren’t afforded the outrage they deserve. *Black lives Matter*. Regardless of age, color or gender, our actions contribute to the greatness or demise of our nation. We need to see past the physical differences and connect instead with the intentions of the heart and purity of the soul.
Our country is is best known for embracing diversity, and allowing our differences to thrive. Our sympathy to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and other victims of injustice, prejudice, and discrimination.