It’s really interesting that you’d bring up being a mutt, because that is one of the things that makes the U.S. such a unique country. We’re all mutts. I’ve been watching a lot of history documentaries recently, and quite a number of scholars have mentioned that one of the things that made the U.S. such a groundbreaking experiment — aside from its then-revolutionary exercise in democracy — was the fact that the population had such diverse origins. In contrast to most countries at the time, where the majority of the populations had common ancestry — Americans were from all over the place. They were English, Dutch, French, Spanish, and of course, African. Later, Germans, Irish, Asians, and Slavics, among others, entered the mix. So to be American, in a sense, is to not really belong just to any one race. But I suppose that in a sense, the diversity, which wasn’t embraced by all in previous centuries, contributes to the lack of unity. Hopefully, by talking about it and writing about it, we can help to change that.

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