By Erica Coulter
When Linda Sarsour walked on to the stage at Earlham College last Wednesday, she began by telling the audience how speechless she was. She told us that she never expected such a warm welcome in Indiana.
As a proud Hoosier, this is an issue for me. My home state has always been a place of kindness, where people open doors for each other and wave to their neighbors. Why should she not feel the same way that I do?
With this in mind, the key message that I took from Linda’s speech was to know those neighbors, no matter their color, shape or creed. Because if we don’t know them, we can’t love them. If we can’t love them, how can we come together and really feel patriotic?
Patriotism isn’t about you or I, Republican or Democrat, it’s about all of us together. So head next door and say “Hello.”
Let’s show the world our best side, Hoosiers.
*Note: Linda Sarsour was the guest speaker for Convocation recently and is a civil rights activist and one of the main organizers of the Women’s March in DC. You can read more about her visit here.
Erica Coulter is a recent graduate of IU Bloomington. She currently works for Girls Inc. in Richmond IN, and is an advocate for girls- empowering girls be strong, smart & bold. Erica recently attended the Women’s March in Indianapolis, and her reflections on the march can be read here.
Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.
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