continued from page 7 A says the Journal, would disagree that “America is not a racist country.”
This is, of course, true.
But I believe Haley is correct that it achieves particular resonance coming from an Indian American woman with a stellar resume of public service and achievement.
The lefts answer to Ann Coulter, Whoopi Goldberg, told her audience, regarding Haley, that “there are things about our country that are not perfect and to pretend that it is and to pretend that nothing happened is ridiculous.”
But, of course, Haley did not say that our country is “perfect” or that “nothing happened.”
Perfection is not what defines our country or any place or anything in this world. What defines and makes our country unique is freedom. This is Haleys point when she says, “Even on our worst day we are blessed to live in America.”
It is here in our free country that Ann Coulter and Whoopi Goldberg get to speak their minds and not worry that they will disappear in the night, as they might in China or Iran.
More serious criticism comes from the left from Asian American author Wajahat Ali, who accuses Haley of brandishing the “model minority myth,” which he calls a tool of white supremacists. That is, per Ali, they use the success stories “of some Asian Americans” as “a cudgel against Black people” who are “told by GOP politicians to stop blaming racism for their problems.”
Haley has only showcased her own story. But the picture regarding the phenomenal business success stories of American immigrants is not a “cudgel” but powerful testimony to the opportunities for success and achievement in America.
According to a 2022 study by the National Foundation for American Policy, “more than half (319 of 582) of Americas startup companies valued at $1 billion or more” were founded by immigrants.
Nearly “two-thirds of (billion- dollar) companies were founded or cofounded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant.” And “almost 80%” of billion-dollar companies “have an immigrant founder or an immigrant in a key leadership role.”
These include immigrants from India, Israel, U.K., Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, Iran, Nigeria and many others.
My organization, CURE, covered Haleys rollout event in Charleston.
The palpable energy and excitement at the rally could be a sign that this campaign will pick up steam as more candidates enter the field, each pitching their own persona. Welcome to election 2024.
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show 'Cure America with Star Parker,' To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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