Letter To The Editor
I read Sung Moo Cho's op-ed in Wednesday's issue and, while I agree with the spirit of his argument, I think we need to go a step further. Instead of realizing that we're all Americans we need to realize that we're all humans and respect everyone, not just those living between Canada and Mexico. Nationalism caused most of the misery of the 20th century. From World War I to the Holocaust to Bosnia, the last hundred years have been full of one country or ethnic group uniting to cause pain and suffering.
Is a black kid from Harlem worth more than a black kid from Somalia just because of where they live? Clearly this is a ridiculous notion. In this time of crisis we need to remember that we're not "America uber alles" but America, member of the rest of the world, where every person has an equal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Maybe if we replace nationalism with humanism and internationalism we can make of the 21st century more then our ancestors made of the 20th.