The United States of America was founded on the idea that all people are equal and deserve to be free from oppression and fear. The Founders’ vision for the future of America was an intellectual, educated civilization based on the highest ideals of freedom, justice, equality, and law.

We have fallen short of this promise.

Since I was a kid, I have heard people proclaim to be “patriotic” and bark at people they disagree with to “love it or leave it”.

Lots of us who are born and raised in the United States endure the menacing growls of “You ain’t from…