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Topic: Barbeque/Cookout (09/06/12)
TITLE: I am an American
By Robert Johnson
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One of my best friends in high school was an American who just happened to be of Mexican descent. Yes I said Mexican!
Nearly half of my unit in the army was filled with Black and Hispanic men who shared our common language of freedom, and yes, they were Americans too. In fact, at one point, I had a Black Platoon Sergeant working for me and I in turn was working for a Black Colonel. Did I mention that all three of us were Americans, and we got along fine.
One of my direct ancestors fought in the Union Army during the Civil War for the cause of ending slavery for our Black brothers and sisters. Thousands upon thousands of these Union soldiers gave their lives so Blacks could be free of their chains.
And because of this sacrifice of mostly white Americans, we now have a completely free and integrated society where even a Black American can be the President of the United States.
So please, can we stop with all of the racist and divisive politics that is currently erasing much of our gains in this area. I and my fellow Americans are tired of it.
Recently, at our church cookout was a young Black man and his White wife who are members of our mostly White church. He has this peculiar habit of hugging everyone he meets, and you know what, I like that kid, heís a great American!
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