April 15, 2011 2:50 AM

Commentary: What defines a 'true American?'

My byline is an irritant. Mary Sanchez is simply my given name. But it seems to rile some people. They believe that anyone with such a surname couldn’t possibly have a strong lineage in this country. The charge is usually made when someone disagrees with my opinion-writing, launched to infer that I have no claim to being a “true American,” whatever that subjective term might mean.

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