When reading the chapter on Culture in the “Theory Toolbox”, I was struck, initially, by the short-short story by Franz Kafka. Really, before reading this less-than-a-page story, I hadn’t really considered society and what my role is within American “culture”. Kafka writes that “the five of us did not know each other, either; and it could be said that we still don’t know one another” (p. 59). This line, in particular, really resonated with me. It made me think of American as a whole. More than any other nation, America is a melting pot of different cultures, lifestyles and religions, yet we all call ourselves “Americans”. Thus, when speaking from a political standpoint, what right do certain politicians and American citizens have when they claim that they are trying to keep American culture intact? In actuality, they are merely directing their attention to the ideas of English colonialism. They forget that America was founded, too, by the French and Spanish, and populated by a host of other cultures and people of separate nationalities. I am, fortunately, able to trace my own lineage, and I spring from an array of different cultures: Scottish, English, Welsh, German and Middle-Eastern Judaic. Some of these share similar cultural attributes, yet are vastly different in their speech and traditions. Thus, why do I find that there is one certain “American” ideal? Which culture, then, should I focus on? Should I manifest my patriotism in my Scottish church, my Welsh last name, or my Grandmother’s tan skin and Jewish features? However, I tend to focus only on the dominantly Anglo-Saxon attributes of my heritage, since that is what I have been taught to do while living in America. However, we have no right to say that we should only speak one common tongue, practice one religion and push out immigrants fleeing from lands of tyranny. None of us are truly American, unless you descend purely from Native Americans. Thus, I agree with Kafka when he writes that he and his four cronies “prefer not to explain and not to accept [the sixth man]” (p.59). In dominant American culture, we prefer not to explain our highly patriotic reasoning, and find it easier to simply keep our mouths shut when turning away those of differing descent.