“I like the metaphor of the melting pot. I like it for two reasons. First, its suggestion of pain-and there is pain.” says Richard Rodriguez. He means by this the changes that he felt growing up in America and feeling different but in the mean time becoming Americanized. The disappointment of his father watching him become more American than Mexican. Rodriguez also claims that you can identify with a culture without actually being of that culture or race. I agree with him that you can be more comfortable with a culture but to identify yourself as being of that culture when your not is strange. But I understand what he’s saying for example if an person with American parents is born in Russia that person will adapt Russian values as well as the values of the parents. America does have the tendency to “white wash” a person. When my son who is 7 is spoken to in Urdu by his father he replies back in English, I think because of the influence that he has in school and with his friends since they all speak English. from my own personal experience I can understand what Rodriguez means but I do not agree with him completely.