I guess when ya really start thinking about things like origin and patriotism that means yer growing up. Personally I’ve spend a lot of my time on the planet feeling like I don’t quite belong where I’m at. Since coming back to the States from Canada, I’ve had a whole new perspective of what it means to be ‘American’ and have decided for the sake of making where I’m at a better place, I’m going to remove all hyphenations from the term American such as Afro-America, Hispanic-American, etc. It’s not a matter of throwing away the roots, in fact it’s embracing all the roots and realizing that my fore-fathers [and mothers] are just as much the face of America as George Washington and Ben Franklin. One of the most unique aspects of The U.S.A. is that it is not ethnically homogenous and that needs to be embraced and celebrated. Like Mos Def says “It’s not where ya been, it’s where ya at!”

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