To have a relationship with America you have to be a part of it. You cannot just come and go like it’s your vacation home. Not only do you have to call this land of the free your home, but you have to declare that to the world- or at least to those around you in the courthouse who are doing the same. And now that you are a citizen of this country, watch out because many “Americans” will not acknowledge you.
See, you’re great as long as you’re not representing them. If you are, you better be of some European descent, Nina Davuluri. Yes, that’s right. She is Indian American and proud to be so. Okay America, your best vehicles are either German or Japanese; 99 percent of your attire comes from China along with your weapons of mass destruction; India on the phone aids in restoring your software; the Middle East supplies your oil; if it wasn't for Afghanistan, your military would have to close shop; Mexico is half your country and yet you have the balls to boo an Indian American, well, an American, from her crown? It’s good to be humble sometimes.
It seems as though even after you call this place your home you have to deny your nationality to be counted American. That is both disturbing and ridiculous. Even America is not American. We are all from other countries and parts of the world. And if America is built on equality between everyone, then what is this crap about “the 7-11 owners” in reference to Indians?
And what do you have to do in this country to be considered an American? What does your relationship with America have to be like? I’ll tell you one thing for sure: I for one am not selling my country of birth just to be called “only” American. We are all from other places and our heritage goes back many years longer than America was even dreamt about. It’s good to be grateful for the blessings we have in this country and it’s even better to share them with the world.
We have a duty to the rest of the world. We are America because we are gracious, welcoming and respectful. We welcome everyone and make no distinctions among the races. There is no superiority in race because we are born into them among many other reasons; and it’s beautiful when we don’t look alike and still get along. And if all this doesn't make any sense to you, then please review the Civil War dealings.
The bottom line is that you can’t just abandon your native land to call America home. Those days are long gone and every culture demands its own respect. I am grateful as I’m sure many of you are to the judges on Miss America. They saw a diverse, beautiful, original and smart woman and were proud to call her a symbol of our country. Plus, we are also grateful to everyone else- American or otherwise- who showed their support and outnumbered the idiots. So we acknowledge Nina Davuluri as our Miss America. You rock girl.