Tag Archives: American

What Does it Mean to be American

What does it mean to be American. It means you are part of a diverse community that includes individuals of different races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religious beliefs and a host of other differences. That we embrace those differences so together we become greater than the sum of all us. That we educate ourselves on each other’s differences so we may be better understand our fellow Americans. That we rebuke those who believe in dividing us by stoking the prejudices and fears that innately resides in each of us so they can enhance their own power and wealth. That we reject the notion that preaching uniformity will make America great again, as if the continued diversification of this great land made us not great.  That we dismiss those who believe we should isolate ourselves from others instead of showing compassion for those who are suffering from other countries. That we do not simply quote the words All Men are Created Equal but that we actively live them. It is in the melding of each one of us into society as a whole and the embrace of that philosophy that makes us American.

00F44228-BA4A-47AC-A293-F5BCE135D1FC

Advertisements

We Are All Americans

On this 4th of July I’m thankful that I live in a country, despite some of the on-going issues the small minded continue to perpetrate, that has allowed me the freedom to call friend individuals of different ethnic, racial, religious, sexual orientation and economic backgrounds. We all come from different places but we are all American and each of them has helped me grow as a person and America as a country.

IMG_6249