Emma Lazarus wrote these immortal words that are enshrined at the foot of Statue of Liberty. For more than the last 100 years, They have have been a deep part of our national identity.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
We are a nation of immigrants. We all share the common bond of coming from somewhere else. Whether forced or voluntary, the immigrant is woven into our collective psyche. In 1885, Frederick Trump - Donald Trump's own grandfather - emigrated to the US to avoid compulsory military service in his native Bavaria at the age of 16. He would have passed the almost complete statue as his ship sailed into New York Harbor.
It has only taken Trump and his band of cronies a week to add an asterisk to these immortal words and bring us all shame. And it's just one of the many things that has happened this week. We are all getting whiplash from the crazy.
In the last month people have come to Baeble Music from 206 different countries and territories spanning the globe (to be honest we were surprised that there were that many). Fun fact: Russia dominates usage of our Smart TV Apps. We are a global business and our devout belief is that our brand of entertainment brings a little joy and conversation into peoples lives.
With that in mind, we felt compelled to tell you what Baeble supports and stands for:
- Women's Health and Reproductive Rights
- Equal Rights - We are for and with our family in the LGBTQ community.
- Immigration and Refugees - The very fabric of what actually makes America a great and strong country.
- Diversity and Tolerance - Difference is just that, it is neither good nor bad. It makes us all more interesting and better.
Since the inauguration we have been adding a "Click To Donate" card on all new Baeble YouTube videos for people to make donations to Planned Parenthood These cards are at the 2 minute mark on the videos. We will be expanding this card to our top 100 music videos on YouTube in the coming week. We will also be placing permanent links at the bottom of every page on the website to the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood to make it easy for people to connect with organizations dedicated to making a difference.
These are small gestures but we wanted to speak up for what we feel is right.
In closing we share the words of Martin Niemoller: a Protestant pastor in Germany and vocal critic of Adolf Hitler
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak for me.
Stand Up and Speak Up!