Is it Wrong to be a Proud Black American?

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White folks say I am a second class citizen.

Immigrants say I have no roots, culture, I am not American, I am a cultural orphan. They ask how I can be proud of a country that has committed the most ugly, spine-tingling crimes against my community? They tell me it is of grave disrespect to do so while also urging me to find my culture in an unknown land.