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Very Proud Of My Heritage

Dr. Ibrahim,

The following is a letter I wrote to the KY Post [ regarding the news item you published in "Libya News and Views" - Tuesday, 26 September, 2000 ]

Mohammed Addarrat

Dear Kentucky Post Editor,

I am writing to you concerning the article written by Mr. John Fisher in your newspaper on September 23rd, reporting on the oath ceremonies for U.S. citizenship. At the end of the ceremony, I was approached by Mr. Fisher and asked a few questions. In my replies to his questions, never did I say that getting a U.S. citizenship was a dream of mine since my childhood. This comment may seem trivial and meaningless to many, but to me this comment is a very inaccurate reflection of how I truly feel. When Mr. Fisher asked me how I feel now that I am a U.S. citizen, I replied that this was a mere formality to me, nothing more or less. I have lived in the U.S. most of my life and have contributed to this society just like any other American born citizen has. I don't feel any differently today that I am a citizen, just because I have a document stating that I am a "Naturalized Citizen." I am very proud of my heritage and that is one thing that this country allows humans to do, and that is to maintain our heritage while living in a big melting pot. I am sure that Mr. Fisher did not intend to misinform your readers or to offend me in any sense. However, I just wanted to clarify this point and to make it clear that my ultimate dream is to live a dignified without having to compromise my morals or beliefs. One would love to fulfill those dreams in his own country. Unfortunately that is not possible, and many, like myself, have seeked refuge in this country in order to live a dignified life, and we are very appreciative of this opportunity. The opportunity to voice my opinion about this case is the best example. If I was still living in Libya, I would not be able to voice my opinion or to stand firm for my values. For this I thank you, and I hope that Mr. Fisher understands how I feel about this incident.

Mohammed Addarrat
Lexington, KY

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