Am I a Black American, an African American, Colored, a Negro, an Afro American or a nigger?
Well, if you go through America's history I have been all of the above.
I think it is a damn shame that I have never just been considered an American.
What do I consider myself?
Well lets see...
I like Baseball and Apple Pie.
When Pamela Anderson was on Baywatch, I thought she was the finest woman man ever made.
I cheer for the USA during the Olympics and I stand during the singing of this countries National Anthem.
I cried when the towers fell on 911, and I wanted to taste the blood of the people that was stupid enough to attack my country.
I was proud to carry the American Flag in military ceremonies in foreign countries, and I represented my country to the fullest during 2 tours in Bosnia, training missions in Germany, Belgium,Korea, Kosovo, and countless other small countries around the globe.
I love American Football and barely understand European Soccer.
I grew up listening to Duran Duran, Depech Mode, Phil Collins, Metallica, Motley Crue, AC-DC, and other forms of "American" Music.
I speak English as my native language, even though I can get by in Spanish.
I believe in the American Dream of the house in the Suburbs with the white picket fence, a wife, 2 kids, a dog and my Grandmother living in the room above the garage.
I believe that hard work and determination will payoff eventually.
I believe that Americans should buy American products first and other countries shit later.
I believe that American companies should keep their companies in America and employ American workers.
This is who I am.
Did I mention that I happen to be a Black Man? That was born on US soil?
So if I believe all these things and I live all these things, why am I still labeled like a cheap Wal-mart substitute?
If I did not mention the fact that I am Black after reading this what would I be in your eyes?
Would I be a die-hard red, white and blue American or would I be a man that requires a label like Black American, an African American, Colored, a Negro, an Afro American or a nigger?
I am an American.
Just a plain ole arrogant cocky American.
So fuck all the people that want to put me in a box that my people have outgrown 10 times over.
I'm just saying....