Someone asked what does it mean to be an American, this is my answer For me being an American means understanding the complexity of the history of my country. Being a Constitution carrying citizen who knows that she was fully denied the words in that document when it was written, but believing I too have the inalienable rights. Being an American is to understand I am three people at all times, Black, woman, and American. And that these three are rarely in sync. I believe in the ideals of this nation and condemn the manner in which we obtain them. I am as American as an American can be, void of any connection to a former land and people, I speak the American language of Black Vernacular English, I listen to American Hip hop and American rock n roll. I grew up learning American tap dance. I read American writers like Nikki, Maya, and Toni. I wear American cornrows in my head. I believe in We the People, even though I was considered property when those words touched paper. I am the dream of those of my family that were enslaved and the nightmare of those in my family who enslaved. I am an American.