For five years, I have worked with immigrants and refugees (newcomers) as a mentor and English teacher.
It has been a privilege to teach such loving, inspiring, hardworking and appreciative people from many countries Somalia, Iraq, Bosnia, Burma, Pakistan and religions Muslims, Christians, Hindus who are here in America because of circumstances none of us could imagine.
And then the Boston Marathon explosions happen and I start to hear generalizations made in the media, start to see nationalistic comments passed around Facebook and start to feel an "us and them" mentality emerging.
Please remember, the Boston tragedy is not about immigrants, Muslims, Chechens or "them." It is the fault of two deeply disturbed young men who chose to commit a horrific act.
Salt Lake City
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