I feel displaced in my native land. I am that sentimental lady who cries at the “Star Spangled Banner” and chokes up at flag-waving TV commercials. Now, I feel like I have lost my country.
I grew up in a time of legal discrimination. “Whites Only” signs, “Males Only” employment ads, “handicapped” students barred from “regular” classrooms, no sports for girls, religious condemnation for our first Catholic president and worse.
However, during the decades of my adulthood, despite uneven progress, I believed that our nation was moving forward in our collective humanity, rejecting a history of bigotry against persons who were not white, American-born, cisgender, able-bodied, affluent, Christian-affiliated males.
In the past months, I have faced reality: For many Americans, this is not who they ever wished to be. The actions of President Trump and the Republican Congress have forced me to understand this.
However, I am an American, by law and by love of country. I will vote. I will resist. I will work toward creating a country that honors all people, our Constitution and those who suffered and died in order to say, “I am an American.”
Sharon Rossi, Clovis