The Key to Success

The best future for those who think they are left behind is to step into the shoes and think like an immigrant. Chances are the immigrant came to this country under political or economic duress. But they didn't give up. They toiled and sacrificed not for themselves but to assure their children would have a better and financially stable life, even if they had to take demeaning jobs that no one else would do. They usually succeed which most of us can attest to as we are here because of our successful, dedicated immigrant ancestors.

So let's put hatred, bigotry and racism behind us. We can all succeed in life if we think like those who know that life can, indeed, be better -- but only if we work hard at it and think of the future that opens up.

This New York Times piece is a sad example of how bigotry and ignorance manifests itself.

An Open Letter to the Woman Who Told My Family to Go Back to China





See also: ‘Go Back to China’: Readers Respond to Racist Insults Shouted at a New York Times Editor