Essay Finding One’s Authentic Identity
To some degree, the media places us in roles of the stereotypical American- that of the largely well-meaning, giving, strong, pragmatic liberator of oppressed peoples. American identity is indefinitely a question of character. However, the face of America is ever changing since it is a country of immigrants that still strive to maintain their distinct cultures. Personally, I do not believe that race has anything to do with shaping our identities. Rather, our culture and upbringing define us as people. For example, if a white baby was raised by an indigenous African tribe, the baby would grow up as it were an African child. Though culture and race are intertwined, they are two completely different entities. Furthermore, religion is a huge part of our culture. Because it is something that has greatly affected the way I have grown up, it is a huge part of my personal identity.
“Your true self identity is a part of you that is changeless, regardless of the circumstance or how other people view us” (Kubler-Ross &