A sadness emerges when one reads the absurd and downright nasty comments aimed at Coca Cola for creating a Super Bowl commercial featuring people singing “America the Beautiful” in different languages.
Some rabid right-wing groups urge a boycott of the company for creating the commercial. Usual conservative blowhards like Rush Limbaugh are weighing in and demanded punishment of Coke.
Why? Are we not a nation founded by immigrants who came to this land to escape persecution in other countries? Are we not the nation that once welcomed immigrants with open arms?
Sadly, some out there want to destroy that America and forget that we, for the most part, are descendents of immigrants. My forefathers were mostly Scots, with a mixture of Seminole Indian and Black Irish. Of that mix, only the Seminole can claim to be a “native American.”
So why the uproar? Are we so desperate for reasons to feel superior to others? Do we need to demonize others so much?
Yes, America can be beautiful. It is a mixture of of many different people of different genders, different races and different origins that make us that way.
The uproar over the commercial exemplifies how dominant political agendas have become in America today.
In simpler, more rational times, the commercial would be viewed as a homage to the melting pot that once symbolized America.
No longer. Now it must be used to try and foster support for those who push intolerance and a narrow-focus agenda in a nation where partisanship abounds and derision replaces diversity.
It’s hard to sing about “America the Beautiful” at a time when too many want an “America the Ugly.”