Ken at Popehat related a moving personal story in which he witnessed the naturalization ceremony of Filipinos who fought in World War II as soldiers for the U.S. They had been promised citizenship, and it had been effectively and unconscionably denied to them for decades.
Without forgetting 54 years of injustice, they believed in an America that had the potential to transcend its injustices. I don’t know if these men forgave the Congress that betrayed them and dishonored their service in 1946, or the subsequent Congresses and administrations to weak or indifferent to remedy that wrong. I don’t think that I could expect them to do so. But whether or not they forgave the sins of America, they loved the sinner, and were obviously very proud to become her citizens. [...] It reminds me that people have experienced far greater injustice than I ever will at this country’s hands, and yet are proud of it and determined to be part of it. They are moved by what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature to believe in the shared idea of what America should be without abandoning the struggle to right its wrongs. I want to be one of them.
Read the whole post here. It’s one of the most poignant reflections on citizenship and patriotism I’ve read. Whoever you are and wherever you’re from, I hope you all had a very happy, safe, and blessed Fourth of July.☕