Here's an excerpt from a passionate essay from The Huffington Post by Sara Whitman that serves as a reminder of that fact:
I don't want pity. I am stronger than most people. I can haul wood or groceries or laundry endless distances. I can stay up all night and rub a sick child's back until they can fall back asleep again. I can cook dinner for my family every night or for 50 people on Superbowl Sunday.
I can hold unbearable past experiences and still breathe in the joy of my life today.
I am a good friend. I care deeply about my neighbors, my community, my country. I donate my time, my money to help better the world.
I am not on the other side. I am not a tiny piece of a small fragment in this country.
Don't ever feel sorry for me.
Let me have the full responsibility of being an American. Because we deserve an American workforce free of discrimination, we deserve the strongest military in the world and every child in this country deserves a family.
I am an asset to this society. Let us all erase the lines of Us and Them. Think of what we can do if we do it together.
I want excellence. I want a stronger America.
It's something, I believe, we can all agree on.
You've got complete agreement here, Sara.