Recently you may have heard that the Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, reminded us all of a well-known truth: that famous poem about the Statue of Liberty? It wasn’t written to celebrate freed slaves, and its meaning has nothing to do with being a beacon of hope and light to those not fortunate enough to be born here.
It is not meant to be a sign of welcome and acceptance into our society, but rather a warding off, a warning to those who think they can come in here, work hard, pay taxes, and receive no benefits!
No, as we all know, it’s only about White, well-off settlers who can stand on their own two feet. Ideally European, but certainly not anything but a delicate shade of beige. Get these poor huddled masses out of here, right?
In honor of Ken recognizing the truth we’ve all implicitly understood since this administration came into power, I have taken the Liberty of re-writing the old poem to match new times.
“Not like the poor peoples of non-European fame,
With meek and weak limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty Man with a torch, whose flame
Is the Tax-Free lightning, and his name
Father of People Who Are Pretty Rich Already. From his gun-hand
Glows world-wide warning; his commanding eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“I only want those who can stand on their own two feet,” yells he,
With very loud lips. “Keep your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Keep these, the homeless, tempest-tost to yourself,
Everyone else, no matter your conditions, what horrors you flee,
We don’t want you. You need not apply.”
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