Child Immigrant, Grown Defender of America

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Ronnie Annapolis, MD The image of a child immigrant, who grew up to serve in the U.S. military is a bit cliche these days, especially after more than a decade of conflict. However, there is nothing cliche about an immigrant wanting to defend his adopted nation and his fellow Americans (both fellow immigrants and native [...]

They make better slaves than citizens.

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John Littleton Deerfield, IL Blacks in America today are too far removed from slavery that any and all complaints and entitlements are irrelevant. Blacks are the biggest racists in America. They’re so smart, so brilliant, so special? As even The Economist pointed out, affirmative action must be abolished. If we’re all equal, there should be [...]

So close and yet so far

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Dylan Pomerantz Santa Cruz, CA Even though we have made great strides in equal rights for all citizens, there is evidence that we have much work to be done. Striking down of parts of the voter rights act as well as mass incident such as katrina show that there are parts of our society that [...]

I am Afro-Caribbean, not African American.

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Tracey Lincoln Needham, MA I am a proud Jamaican immigrant who was raised in that tiny island until I was eighteen years old. There, we have rampant classism, but racism – in a country that is over 90% black – is not something I had to deal with until I went to an elite small [...]

German father never taught me German.

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Celia C. Musch New York, NY My father was born in Germany in 1945 and came to the US with his mother when he was 6. At 12, he relinquished his German citizenship to become a US citizen. He worked for a German bank, but never taught me the language and after abandoning his German [...]

“Hey, Geisha Girl!” What? Who, me?

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Jennifer Luberecki Hagerstown, MD Being Korean-born and adopted at 3 by Caucasian parents, I grew up with my adopted parents culture (which is Polish and Scottish) and feel thoroughly American. Which is why it feels like a shock, and sometimes a slap in the face, when other people make assumptions about who I am. The [...]

Human race is the only race

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Olaf Schroeder Houston, TX As a naturalized citizen, born of one culture, and transplanted into the American culture, maybe I have the advantage of another perspective. We have to get back to the truth that while melanin puts us on the darker or lighter side of brown (there is no black or white person), we’re [...]

Yes, that is my real name.

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Hyosim Nancy Collins Beaverton, OR My middle name is Nancy. I was born in South Korea and arrived in the United States when I was 4 years old with my Korean family. Soon after we arrived in California, my father decided we should all have “American” names. When I became a Naturalized Citizen at the [...]

All People Are Created As Equal

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Adam Rosen Ann Arbor, MI We can see in color, not black and white, but this doesn’t mean we should judge or be judged based on the color we see. I am a citizen of the world just like everyone else is. I believe that our citizenship of the world makes us equal and no [...]

Get out of my country!

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John Wong San Francisco, CA I’m an American Born Chinese and am in my early 20′s, while riding the train, this was said to me by a Hispanic gentleman. He said it to me in broken English, which took me aback. I questioned his audacity for saying this to me & proceeded to go into [...]

“Angry Black Woman”? Damn Right- And?

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Katrina MA Last time I checked, yes- I am African American. Last time I checked, I was a Woman, and last time I checked I had a lot to be angry about, as should every other American citizen. Although years away from having a 17 year old son (Trayvon Martin), how am I supposed to [...]