Love Letter to America 

America, when I say I do not love you, it only means I do not love what has become of you. I do not love the chaos-mongers continually hurling hate and shame in the guise of defending your good name. I do not love the venomous racism, sexism; the hollow jingoism. I do not love the demagogic logic chipping away at your dignity and grace. What I do love about you, America, is your homegrown jazz, blues, and rock. Your diversity of cultures, and the huge-hearted generosity of so many of your people. I love you for your natural beauty—your oceans, mountains, and deserts. I love you even more, America, when I hold you close, and you—with your battle-weary eyes, and ever-flowing river wisdom—whisper those words I long to hear: “Liberty and justice for all.”

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