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This Land is Your Land: God Blessed America for Me

The Arab Daily News
17 Jul 2019, 04:37 GMT+10

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One of the most famous folk songs in this country is This Land is Your Land by folk singer Woody Guthrie. Woody Guthrie was going to name the song God blessed America for me.

I thought of the song and Woody Guthrie when I read about President Trump's attack on four American congresswomen of color. "Go back to your countries" has often been shouted at people of all kinds of background throughout American history. Our President is not original.

There is nothing new in American officials attacking members of a certain group, treating them as if they don't belong. American history is full of that. African Americans were treated as property and denied citizenship rights. Slavery is our country's original sin. And we mistreated Native Americans. The Trail of Tears is only one of these abuses. Then there is the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese American internment, etc. Now we celebrate Saint Patrick's Day but there was a time where there were signs saying No Irish Need Apply. Catholics were seen as a threat and not even considered Christians.

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