The more I learn, the more I cannot ignore the fact that race is still a tangible, if not conscious, force in the everyday experience of an American.  There are still people alive today who remember the difference in the way German Americans were treated vs Japanese Americans during world war two.  911 showed us that members of an entire ethnic group will be blamed for the actions of a minority as long as they are not white.  In my undergraduate experience at MIT, I discovered that even among those whom the world deems geniuses, the best and the brightest, you will still find racist paradigms in the social prejudices of the student body.  If these ideas have been allowed to crystallize in the minds of the American elite, then I cannot justify faith in the country as a whole, though I must admit that too many people have sacrificed far more than I have for me to give up on it.