I would think that the questions, “What does it mean to be an American or Are you an American?” can be answered in many. As for me personally yes, I am an American. I was born and raised here. My parents are Americans. They are of Puerto Rican heritage which means so am I. Being American means that I live in the greatest nation in the world. Not a perfect country, but a pretty darn good one. I have certain rights such as the freedom of speech. I can say what I believe even if others disagree with me.
Growing up I might not have been so aware or passionate of what it means to be an American. I have noticed that I am particularly patriotic when it comes to sports. You see I love the sport of hockey and when team USA plays in international tournaments, I’m always rooting for USA, just like I did for the USA athletes in the Olympics. I wanted USA to win and be strong because there is a sense of pride when they win.
When La Casas’ mentions in his passage, “The Spaniards made a rule among themselves that for every Christian slain by the Indians, they would slay a hundred Indians.” Today not to the extreme mentioned in the passage, but it seems that if a police officer shoots a person, people want to retaliate by killing or harming a police offer. To me my mother always told me two wrongs do not make a right.
Today Colin Kaepernick has decided to make a statement by not standing during the National Anthem. He said “”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Do I agree with what he and other athletes are doing? No, I feel like they should stand. The flag to me is a symbol of pride and of our freedom. I have family members who have fought and died for this country. I feel they should find other ways to protest.
Does this make Colin Kaepernick less American, or not an American, I don’t think so. Being an American is very personal and it can mean having a different meaning to different people, based on their own life experience.
P.S. Currently, Team USA is playing another international hockey tournament. There is also a team that has Canada and USA players playing together called North America. If you guys wanna root for the teams, the tournament is called World Cup Of Hockey and is on ESPN. 🙂
I found this videos off of Youtube that talks about what it is like living in America
Las Casas, The Very Brief Relation of the Devastation of the Indies