This is America. The land of immigrants. The land of naturalized citizens. The land of courage. The land of freedom. The land of the people.
If this is America, then why must my fellow Americans hyphenate my identity? Why must they brand me as a color that I'm not? Why must they view me as someone of less importance? Don't tell me it's because of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. I have no association with them. They do not represent me. I represent myself.
Why do Americans refuse to understand the origins of race? Why do Americans refuse to understand social constructs? Why do Americans continue the facade that they are patriotic, when they cannot even view the people of this land as equals?
Let's face it, America: Race doesn't exist. However, I know most of you cannot accept this truth. You can, though, accept what you're told by your parents, peers, churches and the media. You can accept baseless myths from the bible. You can accept hearsay as the gospel.
I am tired of Americans calling me an "African-American". I am tired of Americans calling me "Black". I am tired of Americans calling me a "minority". I am tired of correcting Americans on my identity.
I wasn't born in Africa.
My skin isn't Black.
I'm not a minority.
I'm an individual.
I'm a man of courage, strength, endurance, intelligence and love.
I'm a human being.
I'm an American.
If you see me on the street or have a conversation with me, please remember this post. I think it's about time to lay to rest these outdated and baseless beliefs and myths.