that America has always been one of those people who doesn't listen so much as it waits for its turn to talk,
that America is one of those parents who only breeds for the chance to demand respect,
that America has always torn brown babies from the arms of their mothers,
that the past 250 years have taken place entirely at gunpoint,
that America could -- if it tried -- someday become what it already tells itself it is,
then you are possessed of a wisdom I envy even as I write this, and
it is your job to convince the rest of us.