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    1/ Re Skittles, a personal tale. After the Cambodian genocide began. My mom started taping pictures and headlines to our dining room wall.

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    2/ Mrs Pauls fish sticks and pictures of the Killing Fields, is how I remember those meals. “We have to do something,” she said.

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    3/ I was ~9. She started sponsoring refugees. We were clueless white people. There was no real preexisting Cambodian community in DCmetro.

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    4/ Our first sponsor’s husband and baby had been killed. She lived with us for two years, no one to talk to in her own language.

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    5/ Many followed. Horrible stories. One toddler had a crease across his nose from a bullet. Mass graves. Rapes.

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    6/ They’d endured unspeakable trauma. They came to a country where even the open-hearted were often blinkered and/or powerless.

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    7/ That trauma took its toll on all of them, some in more obvious ways. And it took its toll on my family too.

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    8/ Scars to us persist. But we were better for what they showed us about the capacity for healing. And they mostly did fine to outstanding.

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    9/ Donald Trump Jr, never has known hardship. Nor charity. There’s utterly no evidence his family has ever done good by anyone.

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    10/ He doesn’t know sacrifice. He’s a spoiled, racist blight upon the land. We are better than him and his fucking skittles bigotry.

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    11/ This country has had many ugly chapters. But the Trumps would be a self-inflicted blow to the ideals of America in every way.

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    12/ And if you're a person of faith or conviction of ANY kind, you must look deep and ask: Do they represent what we should aspire to be?

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