Being American means different things to different people. Being American to me means having freedom, equality of genders and race, and living your American Dream. I believe the Bill of Rights shows the basic freedoms of an American. There are multiple examples of equality and the American dream just by reading or watching the news.
The Bill of Rights includes the first ten amendments. I believe the most important amendment is the first. The first amendment states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (The Constitution). This means that the government has no right to deny us our main five freedoms that every American has.
During this time in the 21st century there has been many events tying to equality of gender and race. Some of the biggest events that took place that helped gender equality was, the first female to become selected to run for president by a big party in 2016. As of right now race equality is being pushed to be more equal. In the past months there has been multiple aggressive arrest by white cops against African Americans. Some people are even judged or not given a fair chance because of their race.
Another thing that makes us American is that we believe and try to reach our own American dreams. Everyone has their own dream, but everyone makes it to their dream their own way. No two people have had the same path to their dream. I think people come to the U.S because they heard about how people have reached their dreams. Everyone has a chance to make it in America, but not everyone has an equal chance.
Dann, Carrie. “Hillary Clinton Becomes First Female Nominee of Major U.S. Political Party.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 27 July 2016, www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-conventions/hillary-clinton-becomes-first-female-nominee-major-u-s-political-n617406.
U.S. Constitution. Amend I.