New sense of self ... possibly

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

As I sit and reflect on recent events, I have made one major shift in perspective between today and only seven days past. Today, I know this country is made up of a different, more dynamic and engaged people than what I had previously imagined. This great community called the United States of America is a collection of individuals with radically divergent linguistic backgrounds, radically different religious beliefs, radically different political views. This community, which has been called a melting pot of humanity, has shifted the historical context through which we are viewed by everyone, most importantly ourselves.

We modern Americans have inherited a contradictory legacy stretching over 200 years. First, we have inherited a proud legacy of selfless service and sacrifice for others. We came together to defeat Nazi Germany and liberate Jewish captors, we rebuilt Japan from ashes after defeating her in a war, which she started. There is no doubt that we have done much good in the world. Secondly, and less proudly, we have inherited a legacy of cruelty, oppression and genocide, which our country perpetrated against Black Slaves kidnapped from Africa and against native peoples who lived here when European settlers arrived, among others.

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