Luiggi Carlin Lara - Define American

Luiggi Carlin Lara

Hendersonville, TN

I have never cared much for labels. Growing up my identity was pulled between being hispanic, being Peruvian, and being undocumented. I did not find out that I was undocumented until I was old enough to drive and it limited what I could do and who I could become. Despite this, being American is the identity I felt the closest to. I fell in love with America in the writing of Walt Whitman. In Song of Myself he wrote of a rich culture accepting everyone, of a greater ambition encompassing everything without limits, out of the cradle, endlessly rocking. I am without limits. I define American.

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