It’s a place where they never feel safe enough to completely relax and let down their guard because there is always the risk that someone will ask What are you doing here? and not be satisfied with the answer. We’ve been in this country since the beginning, and yet we’re still strangers here, seeking sanctuary. We’re in America, but we’re still not of it. We’re still trying to be at home.
Jack White, a former columnist for Time magazine, is a freelance writer in Richmond, Va., and a contributing editor at The Root.