“Its strange sense of ineloquent desire”

The New York Times has a stirring editorial on People Power, but of the immigrant kind.

The marchers in white T-shirts poured out of the subway doors and merged into a stream, flowing like blood cells through the tubular innards of the Washington Metro, past turnstiles and up escalators and out into the delicate brilliance of a fine spring day. On the street, they met up with the others — young parents, old people, toddlers in strollers, teenagers in jeans and jewelry — and headed to the Mall, where they and their American flags dissolved into a shimmering sea of white, red and blue.

It ends with an astonishing burst of what looks like public-square doggerel, a scattering of graffiti, but on closer reading turns out to be an ode to democracy. If I may make a wager: This is one editorial they will be teaching in American civics classes in years to come. (Well, at least in schools where the New York Times is welcome.)

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2 responses to ““Its strange sense of ineloquent desire”

  1. The immigration issue remains to be one of the more emotional ones here in the U.S. Some are likening it to the civil rights movement of the blacks but this time around, for browns.

    Like I pointed out in my blog entry, the Asians here in the U.S. are sortof misplaced in a way by all that’s happening, although they are one with the Latinos in fighting for favorable immigration reforms.

  2. Coco Alcuaz

    Anyone reading this, please go to the editorial John’s provided a link to. The ending is moving.

    Then go to the column Amee’s provided a link to. The U.S. “country has proved that inclusiveness, adaptability and change are the keys to unparalleled success.” the columnist says. “Why on earth pull up the drawbridge now?”

    Thanks, John and Amee.

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