I'm black. I'm bisexual. I'm atheist. I'm a Satanist. And I am extremely proud to be American. I am a very marginalized minority. I live on the very fringes of the socially acceptable. But I am glad I can live freely in this country without much fear of harm.
I don't understand why people like me (black) are normally not proud to be Americans. They call themselves African-Americans. They are 12th or so generation Americans for crying out loud! My parents are both from Africa, I am the first child born here, but I call myself just plain AMERICAN. I was born and bred here and I pay a truckload in taxes every two weeks. I am also educated, hardworking, ambitious, strong-willed, and I do some civic activities. I have every right to consider myself American and readily do so.
I do not believe in complaining or making your problems other peoples' burdens. I am very proud of the fact that I never complain about my position in society. Blacks are no longer very marginal, why the complaining? You can't fire someone for being black, but maybe you can still fire someone for being bisexual and you can damn sure fire someone for being a Satanist, ask my boyfriend. Racism is for the most part a thing of the past, get over it!
In one generation, I have fully assimilated, despite my personality and religious differences. I speak proper English, I work hard, I pull myself up by my bootstraps, and I celebrate this land of freedom, strength, power, and opportunity. If others refrain from doing so, they commit social and psychological suicide and it's just too bad for them!! This world is mine for the taking, that means more opportunities for me!!