Marian Fontana is a Real New Yorker, through and through. Believe me, this author/performer knows of what she speaks. Here is her latest plea, in response to social media vitriol spewing throughout the Interwebs:
“An uncharacteristically serious post:
“Overwhelmed by the divisiveness of social media, I never post anything political. I have friends to the left, to the right and in between and know that WHATEVER I post would be like throwing meat into a pack of wolves.
It all makes me sad.
“We live in a place called The United States and yet, we have not been united since 9-11.
How sad that it took nearly 3,000 people to die in the worst terror attack on our country for us to finally hold hands and join together against extremism, terrorism and hate.
“It was a moment short lived.
“How quickly 9-11 became politicized and used as an excuse to attack countries, marginalize immigrants and achieve personal power.
“The ripple effect of 9-11 continues as Vets return home injured and traumatized, Muslims are discriminated against and firefighters die of 9-11 related cancers.
“So, as this endless stream of negativity fills my newsfeed , I will choose to remember how so many of you reached out to my son and I after Dave died. I will recall that unique moment in history where the best of humanity was revealed and I will hold out hope that in spite of our differences and the issues that divide us that we have the capacity to be the United States.”