American Identity

Part 2

 

America consists of a lot of different people. All of these people are of different cultures, race, and religions. Even though they have many differences they all live and work together. Based on my culturally diverse friends and different other observations I feel that America is a melting pot.

I see America can mean something different to everyone. There is no one aspect that can wholly and truly define the vast, varied nation. To some it simply represents home, to others it stands for freedom, refuge, or the land of opportunity. Still to others it is a great force, a country to be reckoned with. Some see America as a peace keeper while others blame it for their misery. Whether or not familiar with American culture one cannot help but to identify certain aspects as uniquely and undeniably American. America does not currently have an established identity. Since it is a very young country relative to others, America does not have the time to establish an identity. America’s past has involved many fights for freedom from other nations as well as from within our own nation. A historian Gordon Wood once said: ‘Precisely because we are not a people held together by blood, no one knows what an American is except by what they believe. It’s important that we do know our history, because our history is the source of our Americanism. And so history is crucial to us if we’re to be a single people.’ The responsibility of the American youth now is to establish an identity for America, It is a nation that largely consists of immigrants. America is a melting pot of races and culture from around the world. The main reason for the migration is because we all want freedom, but America does not have a single identity to call its own.

Since America consists of many cultures, a single culture is not agreed upon. The main reason that America has no cultural identity is because it has no ethnic origin. The natives of America now only consist of a very small portion of the nation. For America to create an identity it has to create an identity that consist of many races and cultures. America has to and will create an identity that contains many cultures because it has became a melting pot of different cultures. America is the home to many races and cultures. America has trouble creating an identity because some of the population refuses to let America have an identity that consists of many races. Some would rather have America defined by a single race or color.

 

 

American Identity