Don’t condemn Chechens

 

The Chechens are coming! The Chechens are coming! When Paul Revere rode his horse across the suburbs of Boston he was warning of the British attack and telling the people to be prepared.

The warning today is not to jump to hasty conclusions and condemn Chechens and other minority groups for the actions of a few individuals within the community.

Too often, we perpetuate the duality of American citizenship by referring to, for example, “Italian-Americans,” “African-Americans,” which separates us and leads to discrimination. Do not let the Boston bombings affect our relationship with any immigrant group. Immigrants have been the core of our American society since the time of Paul Revere.

Bill Silver, Coral Gables

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