I once hated America, but now I can’t wait to be an American

To be sure, America has its problems. But as I learned more about America’s ideals and what it aspires to be, a country of equal opportunity, freedom, and civil discourse, I began to find a true sense of belonging. I realized that America is an imperfect nation defined not by our faults but by our accomplishments. It’s a promise to work toward greater equality and freedom for all, regardless of your skin color or background.

This equality of opportunity is exactly the reason I’ve been able to find success as a brown Mexican immigrant. In this country, I am judged by my merits, not my skin color. America has given me the equal opportunity and freedom to choose my own path despite my minority and immigrant status. The idea that I can believe in myself is incredibly empowering.

My transition from this extremist faction was slow but also inevitable. Antifa’s toxic rhetoric can only bring chaos and destruction. But what’s worrying is that forces in politics and the media have adopted the same antifa mentality that tries to pit people against one another.