Criticism may be necessary, but hatred is not

I have always been told if you can’t take criticism then you can’t fix mistakes you make. Harsh or not, criticism helps shape us and shape the world around us.

So how is it the President of the United States is allowed to criticize the country when he was campaigning for the position, but four duly elected members of Congress, who happen to be people of color and women, cannot criticize their country of origin, excluding one who is a naturalized citizen?

Saying to these four congresswomen, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came?” This was a blatant racist remark claiming they criticized the United States.

Want to know where these congresswomen come? From the Bronx, Detroit, Cincinnati and one who came to this country at 9 years old as a refugee from war-torn Somalia and became a citizen of the U.S.

Those claiming it’s not racist need simply ask themselves this: Why haven’t Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders been told these things? They have criticized the failings of the country.

Both of these candidates have criticized everything you could think, health care, education, endless wars and money in politics — the list goes on.

So then why did he say to four sitting congresswomen of color to go back? These women were doing their job whether you agree or disagree with their politics, being critical of the country they love and work for is what they are supposed to do.

They’ve pledged to try to make this country better for the people here, and who wish to come here; to be that country referred to on the Statue of Liberty.

I will ask again then, why is the president allowed to criticize America and why these four congresswomen are not? We all need to be honest and open about this. This isn’t about defending nor offending the president because the latter doesn’t take much.