It is Cinco de Mayo and I am asking myself a few questions about America, about assimilitation, which is a work I don't like (I prefer the word integration) , and identity.
- I wonder what it means to be an American and if it is possible to become an American without giving your past identity and without renouncing your roots. I think that it is, but more people seem not to think so.
- I also wonder the American identity has the right to change and to evolve. I believe that a lot of the immigration debate is in fact about that question that is about whether people who were not born American have the right to change this country.
- I may be wrong, but I strongly suspect that there is somewhat a racial element to this debate in the sense that most of the new immigrants are non white, speak spanish and are becoming a powerful force in America. The question is is their power legitimate and do they have the right to make their mark on America?