The U.S. president’s vulgar and bigoted comments about immigration from African and other countries, coming on the eve of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, serve as a stark reminder of how far this nation is from realizing Dr. King's goals of equality for all. Unless Americans stand for justice and equality now, this country will slide further from these goals.
In response to Thursday’s events, we share a message that Malcolm R. Evans, RMIAN Board Treasurer and Chair of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, posted on behalf of the Chamber:
With silent lips. “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!” Excerpt from The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, poet and descendant of Jewish immigrants inscribed on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty pedestal. The CBCC supports our community of African, Haitian and other Caribbean immigrants that come to the United States seeking a better life. They start businesses, hire employees, send their kids to college and contribute to the fabric of America. – Thank you for your continued contribution to our Business Community!