Aug 24, 2008

My Olympics Games Post - Part 4

Henry Cejudo (that darling young man pictured above) won the gold for the U.S. in the 55Kg wrestling category. This drive to succeed comes from his mother. You see Henry's mother was an illegal immigrant, that worked her ass off to feed and raise her children right. He said he's giving his medal to her.

This year there were 33 athletes that were foreign born, that brought their A game to the olympics. Part of their motivation was to excel in their sport and win gold. I also belive many of these atheletes have a desire to show gratitude, to a country that gave them a second chance for a better life.

You also have immigrants that share their talents to develop amazing athletes. Look at Ling Chow, who is originally from China. He shaped the raw talent of Shawn Johnson, which resulted in her earning a gold medal in balance beam.

Now don't get it twisted, this desire to achieve, and to give back to the country also exists in immigrants that are non-athletes. Their gold is to build a life where they have dignity and independence.

At the closing ceremonies tonight, take a look at the U.S. team once again. Look at the various faces of color that walk under the U.S. flag. Many of these people have seen over recent years a growing anti-immigrant message in American culture. Yet, they choose to represent for the U.S. Perhaps, they believe this country should honor it's creed that is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty:

"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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

So, all you anti-immigrant pendejos, that perputuate the myths, should suck it. When was the last time you did something to inspire a nation? And, remember this, at some point or another your ancestors came here, from somewhere else.

1 comment:

Joie Mayfield said...

Thanks for an amazingly heartful post. :) I was so happy for the kid in your picture! There has been some amazing stories from the Olympics!