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What does Lady Liberty stand for?

Bronze Plaque of New Colossus

Image Credit National Park Service

This week at a briefing, CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta stated to Senior White House aide Stephen Miller that the new GOP immigration plan did not seem like it was in accordance with American tradition. Then, Acosta mentioned the poem found on the Statue of Liberty called ‘The New Colossus’.

Miller responded, “The poem you were referring to was added later … It’s not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”

Yes, Emma Lazarus’ ‘The New Colossus’ was added to The Statue of Liberty seventeen years after the monument arrived in New York Harbor. But, who cares?

Millions of people arrived in The United States over the past 100+ years through New York Harbor and were welcomed by The Statue of Liberty. As a result, this statue has become a symbol of freedom and the American Dream. It is an sign of what America can and has offered to so many people. It represents the hope and spirit of immigrants everywhere, despite the effort of many politicians who wish to dehumanize them and forget our history.

Lady Liberty stands for optimism, protection of those in exile or looking for opportunity, and above all self-determination or freedom.

Immigrants in New York Harbor

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  1. Reblogged this on Civil Rights Advocacy and commented:
    Lady Liberty. A symbol of freedom and welcoming. We so need to have a government that stands up for these ideals expressed by Emma Lazarus in her poem “The New Colossus.”

    For those that are interested, The New Colossus is a bit longer that the “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,…” That occurs at the end of the poem. The bronze plaque attached to Lady Liberty states, in its entirety:

    “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” “

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  2. https://www.numbersusa.com/blog/white-house-press-corps-fails-immigration-101

    This guy nails it. He points out that Lady Liberty not only had nothing to do with immigration, but that the great waves of immigration from Europe benefited American industrialists, and not the native-born population. Who loses in immigration? American minorities, particularly blacks. So to put the two-by-four right between the eyes — why do you immigration activists hate blacks so much?

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  3. You are correct that The Statue of Liberty HAD nothing to do with immigration. However, overtime it HAS become and is now a symbol of immigration because of the millions of people who have entered our country through NYC. Many groups have been taken advantage of by American industrialists for the past 200+ years. I do not know your definition of ‘native-born population’. Minorities were (and are) disadvantaged by a variety of factors throughout American history, and immigration policy is not a leading factor. Blacks specifically were disadvantaged in the Great Wave not because European immigrants were better/cheaper laborers, but because Jim Crow was in full force and racist ideologies were prevalent.

    I do not consider myself an immigration activist, just a citizen who is concerned that certain representatives seem to support prejudiced policies that will disadvantage minorities and immigrants. I’d like to see a welcoming America that has an environment of acceptance where cultures blend in a productive way. If the USA is truly exceptional, we should welcome those in need regardless of the language they speak or their country of origin.

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