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Censure is unpatriotic

I recently happened across a copy of The Union of June 11, where I saw a letter entitled “Lack of Patriotism” in the Ideas and Opinions section.

In this letter, a local writer voiced his opinion about the Middle Eastern dances performed by the Bedouin Dancers at the annual Relay for Life event. He deemed the performance unpatriotic and felt he had been “subjected to … a display of foreign culture.”

As a member of the dance troupe, I want to remind him that the Relay for Life is a fund-raiser. We dancers volunteered our services as part of an effort to fight cancer, a debilitating condition that strikes without regard for nationality. Furthermore, as a fellow American, I must remind him that our country is founded on diversity. We pride ourselves in being a multicultural, tolerant society.



The great fortune of all Americans is that they have the right to express themselves as social equals, a right that he, as a U.S. veteran, has bravely fought to preserve. Our troupe’s performance is an affirmation that he has not fought in vain. America is a democracy and a plurality, and to censure Middle Eastern or any other culture – that is unpatriotic.

Sarah Eriksen




Grass Valley


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