Suman, who sometimes posts in these parts, has a great piece over at his blog about being and immigrant and America and how easy it is to become one. I’ll add this little observation: I know many white liberals criticize this country and would prefer to leave for the genteel and open-minded lands of Europe. As a “person of color,” my viewpoint is different. I could never really be French, German, Spanish or Italian. I can’t just blend in and pick up the language and expect not to be noted & noticed. Even in England, where there are lots of brown people, there is still a feeling that non-whites are strangers in the land (if well accepted and tolerated of course). It is in America where people can finally move past, “Where are you really from?” Takes time. But patience is rewarded in this country. America is a young nation, but its greatness is the work of generations.