We Are Americans

We Are Americans

February 24, 1994 - The New York Times

We are Americans, whose diversity of faith, ethnicity and race unites us in a common campaign against bigotry.

In recent weeks, leaders of the Nation of Islam have gained wide attention for their verbal attacks on whites, women, Jews, Catholics, Arabs, gays, and African Americans who criticize their persistently divisive message.

We are Americans, who know the rights and dignity of all of us are jeopardized when those of any of us are challenged.

We, the undersigned, believe the best response we can give to those who teach hate is to join our voices, as we have so often joined forces, in a better message -- of faith in each other, of shared devotion to America's highest ideals of freedom and equality.

We are Americans, who reject the ugly slanders of the hatemongers seeking to lift up some Americans by reviling others.

"We must all learn to live together as brothers," the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "or we will all perish together as fools. That is the challenge of the hour."

We are Americans, born or drawn to this land, children of immigrants, refugees, natives and slaves, whose work together honors the history of the civil rights struggle and makes it live, for all Americans.

Together, we strive to meet that challenge. For with all our differences, we are indeed united, as Americans.

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