Go USA!!Posted Jul 10th, 2013
I’ve been in the US for 17 years. I was granted my citizenship in 2005. I don’t know if you can understand the feeling of being granted the privilege of being called a US citizen unless you have been given it. So many people are born here they seem to forget we are all originally from somewhere else. When I got my citizenship papers, I was finally an American! I love this country and I am honored to be able to compete for the USA.
Unfortunately, I often hear from some archers that I’m not a real AMERICAN. It seems some people think If your great great grandfather didn’t come to America on the Mayflower, you are not a real American. It hurts every time I get comments like that, especially from people you would never expect it from.
From my understanding, if you are not an American Indian you are essentially an immigrant. This country was built by immigrants. People looking for a better life, freedom and looking to provide a better life for there children.
No, my grandfather wasn’t the first one in my family to move here, I was! I took the risk . I learned the language and I fell in love with this country. I built a life and just like all other Americans I pay my taxes!
So when someone discriminates against me it hurts! I am proud American and probably the loudest American in the stands at any competition cheering MY team and MY country to gold with my infamous “Go USA”.