Why are you American?
August 17, 2007 3:41 AM Subscribe
What does it mean to you (yes, YOU there, reading this) to be an American?
posted by bam to human relations (113 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
I'm primarily interested in an American response, but a little bit of "outsight" could be helpful in some way, I'm sure. I'm just curious as to what the nationality actually means to some people. I want to have some kind of national identity, and I desperately want to have a good reason to be an American other than the fact that I was born here.
I don't understand: "you should go back if you don't like it here" or "people died so you could ask that question" or anything similar. I want a real answer, and if there are any people who CHOOSE to be American instead of being born American.
I'm 21, I see what's going on in the world, and I become upset when someone tells me that "I should be outraged." Why? "Impeach Bush." Why? "Bomb (insert country here)!" Why? "Because America kicks ass!" or some other stupid answer.
I would like stories, really, something real, some event or conversation, a snippet of history, anything that made you decide "Damn straight I'm an American" and you said it with pride.
(I hope it's ridiculously obvious that I won't appreciate responses looking anything like the ones above, excepting the first poster only. That way it won't be funny. Or will it?)