Sept. 14, 2012
American Reflection #1-What does it mean to be an American?
(Responding to “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. and “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood)
The United States has been attracting a variety of people from different countries, religions, and races to come live in a land full of opportunity. Being in the United States doesn’t just mean the land of opportunity, but it also means freedom; freedom of speech to express your own opinion, freedom of religion, and equality for all. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have a Dream” the words, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” best describes what being an American means to me; to be an American to me means to dream big while working alongside my brothers and sisters of different nationalities.
Many immigrants traveled to America with a dream to live a better life, many of them came from a country that was ruled by kings and queens, where the rich have all the good things their country had to offer them, while the poor are degraded and having nothing, working hard so the rich can take it all. I imagine these immigrants as they walked off the plane, ship, whichever way they traveled to come to America. I believed they felt scared and yet relieved and excited to be starting a new beginning. They too must have had a dream similar to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to one day be free, free to make a choice and a voice that can be heard.
Many have lived out their dreams in America such as a great man I have come to know and be proud to call him my grandfather, Rev. Sivanu Mikaio. He brought his entire family of twelve; among them were eight children from Samoa so that they may have a better education. All eight children graduated from high school, four are college graduates with degrees in engineering, and two are serving for their country (America) in the marines.
When I think of what it is to be an American I am...