Statement in Response to Belgium and Turkey Attacks | Welcoming America

Statement in Response to Belgium and Turkey Attacks

Keiron Bone Dormegnie | March 23, 2016

Welcoming America extends its sincere condolences to all victims of attacks in Belgium and Turkey. These horrific incidents aim to instill fear among people of all faiths and races, but we must not succumb to divisive tactics.

We must continue to stand together, and not allow ourselves to be divided as we face threats.

We urge Americans to resist the divisive rhetoric by some politicians to stoke fear and further discrimination. Targeting people based on their faith or ethnicity is wrong, and it goes directly against our values as a country.

It is not acceptable for politicians to divide people against each other in order to use prejudice and fear for their own political advancement.

To keep our families safe, Americans of all backgrounds must stand united and uphold the values that have made our nation strong – and one that embraces diversity as a strength.

We must hold fast as a nation to our values of equality and justice for all, especially in times of crisis.

By working together, we can make sure that our community stands on the better side of history. When we look back 10 or 20 years from now, we will remember that we weren’t hindered by our fears. Instead, we invited diverse new neighbors to join us in building a stronger community, and we all became better for it.

Whether we were born here or not, and no matter who we pray to, what matters most is that we all want the same thing as Americans – the freedom to speak, to pray, and to raise our children with hope. That’s what binds us as a community, as a country. We need to stop thinking in terms of us versus them, and start thinking in terms of just us. If we can do that, we will be able to do so much, together.

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