Tou Ger Bennett Xiong, an American citizen of Hmong descent, wonders what is happening to his country. Here’s how he starts his article; follow the link for the rest.
Back in elementary school in the 1980s, when I first arrived here from the refugee camps, I remember being bullied and called “chink” and “gook” on a regular basis. Out of their fear of the unknown, other kids would tell me to go back to my country. Sometimes, I even got beat up for being different. I would never wish this experience upon anyone. Luckily, through a strong family foundation and support, these experiences have made me a stronger person and a prouder American, especially when I reflect on how far we have come from those days. Today, I have forgiven those racist bullies who wronged me and my family as we made our transition into American life. I continue to pray for them as I hope they have come to understand that their deep-seated hatred for me was more a reflection of what they saw in themselves.
Lately, though, I feel that my faith in America’s great promise is being called into question again by the recent hate and animosity in our political climate.