Yearning to breathe free

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In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, which came out the day before the nation celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the damage being done to our country by increasingly partisan rancor and bitter disagreements.

This is especially true when it comes to rhetoric about immigrants in general and Muslims in particular. We should remember, Weingarten notes, that "our country has always been, and continues to be, shaped and enriched by immigrants."

She reminds readers that Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is about affirmation of the dignity and rights of all people, including those beyond our shores. "Plurality. Diversity. Tolerance. Opportunity. Respect for all. At our best, these are at the heart of our nation's story," Weingarten writes. "We must tell it, and we must not allow anyone to rewrite it."

Read the full column.