Why I Stopped Identifying as American

Jacqueline Oeschger - Senegal


January 27, 2019

Because I’m furious with the government that calls itself freedom.
Because families seeking asylum are finding a worse hell at the border.
Because poverty is an induced cycle that the government oppresses minorities in to.
Because education is a right that is treated as a privilege.

Because gun drills are normal.

Because guns are normal.

Because guns.

I stopped identifying as American when the first thing people asked was, “are you glad you left?”
Because yes.
Yes, I am glad I don’t have to watch my mother wait at home for her job to resume.
Yes, I am running from the opioid crisis.
Yes, I am afraid to go to the movies.

I stopped identifying as American when the first thing people said was, “sorry”.

Yeah, I am too.

Thank God I’m not American.

— some context: I am American, I was born American, my parents are American, my passport is American. But I was born in Germany and I have always felt like that was my home. Because of this I have slowly stopped associating myself with my family’s nationality. I no longer ask what my country can do for me nor what I can do for it because I no longer call it my country.

Jacqueline Oeschger

Jacqueline Oeschger