Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Deepening Divisions in the 'Two Americas'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Deepening Divisions in the 'Two Americas'

Article excerpt

I am an American citizen, the son of a serviceman and a Cuban mother. My family left the U.S. to live in Cuba in 1948 until 1959. In 1959, my mother and I returned to America with two suitcases and $150 and started a new life. My mother was allowed to re-enter the U.S. as my guardian; this is "chain migration."

During the 1960s, much like today, there were two Americas - a generous America that offered unlimited opportunities and a cruel America that looked down on people who spoke with an accent and resented our willingness to take jobs no one else wanted. It was an America that invited us to Thanksgiving celebrations and one where men in power made unwanted sexual advances to my mother thinking she would not complain for fear of deportation.

Today, the second America is emboldened by a president willing to undermine the First Amendment, calling the press the enemy of the people and attempting to impose his will on the judicial and legislative branches. …

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