Ignorance is Bliss
I'm normally fairly positive however there is one thing that bothers me, maybe because I've been a victim of it in my younger years, discrimination. In light of recent events, Marc Anthony was ridiculed via Twitter for singing "America" because it was thought to be un-American. I am floored by these kinds of comments only because 1. He was born in New York. 2. He is Puerto Rican. (Puerto Rico is a common wealth of the U.S. and those who live there are American citizens). 3. Spanish is the 2nd most widely spoken language in the world. 4. The U.S. is a melting pot. Yes, he's a Grammy winning artist, but that shouldn't matter at all, right?. :-/ Not even a months ago, members of the University of Southern Mississippi chanted to a Puerto Rican basketball player, "Where's your Green card?" Ignorance.
I think its sad that most Americans don't know their own history. Every single one of us are descendants of immigrants in one form or fashion. It is even said to believe that Native American came over from Eurasia over the Bering Strait. Anyone with European ancestors had to get here somehow. Because Hispanics speak a different language, it doesn't mean we're any less American than anyone else. I don't speak Mexican or Puerto Rican. I speak Spanish, English, and a little Italian. :-)
My father served in the U.S. Army for over 30 years and retired as a Lt. Colonel. I still cry when I hear the National Anthem and I have several cousins who serve in the military. I'm proud to be in this country. But as soon as I go to a community that is not used to the way I look, I get criticized.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what they think. I still love my curly hair and brown skin. I love the fact I speak more than one language and I'm proud of my culture. I love the fact that I get excited to know there's a whole pig being cooked in the backyard. The list goes on and on. All of our differences, cultures, beliefs and so on is what makes this country beautiful. It's the ignorance that makes us ugly.