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To my Mexican neighbors:

To my Mexican neighbors:

I apologize for my country. I apologize for our having elected a hateful bigot to the presidency.

I hoped his disparagement of the people of Mexico and others (people of color, Muslims, and women, for example) would cost him enough votes to prevent his election. In fact, his opponent received more votes than he, but an obscure feature of our presidential elections caused him to be elected anyway. Racism and hatred won the day.

I’m fortunate to know the people of Mexico far better than our president-elect ever will. How many times I have heard a gringo say: “I came to Mexico for the (climate, beaches, architecture—fill in the blank) and stayed because of the people.” Mexicans, kind, caring people that they are, are one of many wonderful things about Mexico.

I see dark days approaching. I submit to you that our best hope is to face them with a spirit of unity, with a commitment to resist the inhumane words and deeds of the US president-elect. Is there really any choice between unity and divisiveness? Between love and hate?

I’m sorry. Truly sorry.

 

Steve Keller

 

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