These are not my words but I cannot say it better than this Facebook post:
"In our great country, in good times and bad, people have voiced differing opinions.
They have marched and rallied for what they believed in, and called for change.
Disagreeing with current policy is not wrong. Speaking up about a desire for change is not wrong.
As I hear those rallying around President Trump, and defending his words about “The Squad” with chants of “Send her back” my heart breaks.
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Whether you agree with the views of Rep. Omar or others in “The Squad,” it is wrong to call their passion to see us on a different path a sign that they hate America. Fighting to bring changes that we passionately believe in is how we love our country.
History is full of those fighters. Suffragettes, fighting to bring women the vote, did not hate our country. Civil rights activists, fighting to end Jim Crow laws, did not hate our country.
The day in America that Americans, no matter the color of their skin, their religion or their ethnic heritage, can no longer voice disagreement with those currently in power or call for change, that is the day that America truly is no longer great."
Ming Kuo, Urbana