When a given American citizen thinks of the Statue of Liberty, that person probably associates with peace, stability, acceptance, and patriotism. If not, one section of a poem that reads “give me your poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free” might come to mind. The statue further represents harmony across the world because it was given to the United States by France as a gift after America won its independence.
But some people read more into the statue than that. In fact, eight percent of survey respondents said that they considered the statue a “holy figure”. “The statue is so amazing… I try to visit it every day if I can,” said Cary Grant, 22, of Buffalo, New York. Grant further clarified that the reason for his love of the statue was a sort of indoctrination by his parents.
“I grew up in New York City,” he said, “And whenever we had a chance, whether it be by boat, on foot, or in a helicopter, my mother, father, and myself would travel to see the statue.” Grant is not alone, as many other Americans have a deep emotional connection to the statue and what it stands for.
A leaked executive order revealed that President Trump is planning to change the motto so commonly associated with the Statue of Liberty. After the controversial Muslim ban was implemented several days ago, Trump deemed the motto no longer sufficient. It is unclear what his plans are exactly, but experts think that the new motto will mention how the only people accepted are “true and righteous Americans” with “eagles in their veins”.