With all the ugliness coming from the Trump administration, here's a reminder that while America has not lived up to its ideals, we still have ideals that we are supposed to be striving for. One of these ideals is embodied in the plaque mounted on the Statue of Liberty, proclaiming:
"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,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Rather than a ban on Muslims, a deportation force or a border wall, this verse is 19th century version of a hashtag declaring #ImmigrantsAndRefugeesWelcome.
This Spanish version is inspired by Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director of Latino Memphis, who read The New Colossus in Spanish at a civil rights vigil that took place in historic Clayborn Temple. The translation is by Jorge E. Sanint.
"Dadme tus cansados, tus pobres,Tus masas amontonadas gimiendo por respirar libres,Los despreciados de tus congestionadas costas.Enviadme a estos, los desposeidos, basura de la tempestad.Levanto mi lámpara al lado de la puerta dorada!"
Any designer proceeds from this shirt will be donated to Latino Memphis.