Yellow Bird: Races are more alike than different
"Racial groups in this country are more alike than different. American Indians and Hispanics, for example, have a lot of similarities, especially in skin color. From my experience, when American Indian people and Hispanic meet in their journey through life, they often make an automatic connection, based at first on skin color.

Many times, Indian and Hispanic people will marry and perhaps live on a reservation. After awhile, this cultural immersion makes the newcomer almost indistinguishable from the Indians who were born on the reservation.

Years ago, when I traveled to the southwest and Mexico, I was taken as a Mexican or Hispanic. I’ll never forget that while shopping in Nogales, Mexico, a vendor spoke to me in Spanish. I, of course, didn’t understand him and said so. In English, he said “Do you think you’re too good to speak Spanish?”

I took that comment to mean he wasn’t proud of his race, but perhaps it was an insult to me as an American.

Why point out your race, anyway? This is America, after all. Yes, this is America, and we are a unique place, a mosaic where different races blend. It’s diversity — the peaceful joining together of cultures and races — that makes us Americans.

We are a special country where we can look at one another, relate to similarities and be awed by differences."

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COLUMNIST DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Out of many, one: That's America (The Grand Forks Herald 9/24)
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