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We are all Americans

HOWARD E. WILT

Williamsport

Why is it that many people equate wealth with intelligence and common sense? People who come into wealth through athletic ability or the arts, i.e. acting, musical, etc. often times think they are rich therefore smart.

The worst part of this is often times the public are lured into agreeing with them for the same reason. Thankfully this isn’t always the case.

Recently I came across an article by Morgan Freeman, a very good actor, that I can say made a lot of sense to me. In the article, Morgan Freeman said, “Black history month needs to go away.”

He even asked the reporter how would you like it if we dedicated one month out of the year as white history month?

He said American history is our history.

“So I’ll ask you to stop calling me a Black man and I’ll stop calling you a white man.”

The issue with race only exists because we talk about it. Let it go and die in the past so we can build a future where we aren’t Black or white.

We are fellow humans.

This is real intelligence by one that thought it through and has offered a solution. Racism is like a wound, as long as you keep it open by irritation, it will never go away.

Theodore Roosevelt wrote this in 1907: “There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one Flag, the American Flag. We have room but for one language here, the English language and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American People.”

Let’s all be Americans and discard what can divide us — we’ll all be happier.

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