In America, We’re All ‘Somebody Else’s Babies’
But somebody else’s babies is exactly who we are, especially in the eyes of Native Americans slaughtered and displaced to make way for the rest of us. Whether we were brought here against our wills in the hulls of slave ships or disembarked at Ellis Island or landed at JFK airport, the opening chapters of our family histories begin with each of us coming to this country as somebody else’s baby.
Let me share with you two powerful stories that speak to the power of America to inspire. My dear friend Alexandra Stanton told the story of her parents coming to the United States in her speech accepting a justice and peace award from J Street, a pro-Israel organization working for a two-state solution in the Middle East.