You could look at the advances and innovations in technology we have made, you could consider the fact that people from many different countries aspire to come to our country and join us on our journey, as well as the many other things we have accomplished.
Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, believes that our identity is at risk because we have not completely dealt with our history of terrorism and racism that came from within (and not just since 9/11). In this video below, he explains that all of our achievements are shadowed by the suffering, abuse, degradation, marginalization, and injustice that takes place within in a society whose justice system rewards those who are rich and ignores or punishes those who are poor and innocent. Can we truly have a positive identity when our justice system sees no problem in sentencing children to death in prison?
Stevenson says that to really change things, we need to change our thinking to include the poor and the disadvantaged, and to think and talk about them (and with them) in a way that is integrated into our own lives. He also asks the question: “Can we fully be human if we don’t acknowledge the connection that we have with each other?”
Ultimately, a society (and its members) is judged not by its successes or the way it treats the rich, wealthy, and powerful, but how it treats the poor, the condemned, and the incarcerated.