It’s OK to Be American, Just Don’t Draw a Box Around It


MINOT, N.D. — What does it mean to be American?

An important question as we watch our nation tear itself apart over cultural and political differences.

In Bismarck, Rep. Terry Jones, a member of the Bastiat Caucus, has introduced a bill requiring “American” as the first choice on any government form requesting racial information.

It’s a stupid proposal. “American” is not a race. Not only would that option undermine the usefulness of the information being collected — racial data is important for everything from health to economic policy — but Americans are a very diverse group.

To be an American is to be, well, just about any race you could imagine.

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