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Unformatted text preview: Is American Nationalism BS? National identity is such an interesting phenomenon in the United States. Growing up in New Jersey during the 90s and 2000s, I always identified myself as an American. Though I went to a Jewish school without much diversification, I lived in a very diverse town and through sports and other activities had a diverse set of friends. Throughout my childhood, I was firmly entrenched in an egalitarian mindset. I thought of all people as born with equal rights. Capitalism in my incomplete and idealistic view was an imperfect method to separate people based on their abilities, dedication, and effort. I knew capitalism was imperfect from both my experiences abroad in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America as well as my experiences in the cities near my hometown. Newark, NJ and Patterson, NJ were two of the poorest, crime-ridden towns in America and I was exposed to them often through my participation in basketball and other sports. I learned that my grandfather had played piano to make his way through law school and and other sports....
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- Spring '11