Are You An American?

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    Are You an American?



    I had received an e-mail from Arlie, a new and insightful commenter here, about looking at people as individuals, not racial or religious groups. I e-mailed him back with my opinion, which has led me to this post.

    Are You an American? or are you an African-American, Mexican-American, Asian-American, Jewish-American, Muslim-American or White-American of European descent? If you are, then you are NOT an American. An American puts his/her American citizenship first, then their culture of origin second.

    Why do people of different race have to be "victims". Blacks still claim being victims of slavery, although slavery has been abolished for over 100 years and discrimination, although Civil Rights laws have been on the books for over 40 years. The Native-Americans (they are the only ones that I feel deserve the dash American name since they were here first) claim oppression by the white, but that happened over 100 years ago. The real answer is, we are ALL Americans, Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow, Christian, Jews, Hindus and Muslim and we have all had ancestors that have been oppressed, that is why they came to America. Attitudes can only change if the people see it this way: not I am a African-American, but an American that happens to be Black, I am not a Asian-America, but an American that happens to be of Asian descent, I am not a Muslim, but an American who's faith is Islam. As long as people separate themselves into distinct groups and demand special treatment, we are going to have the problems associated with this separation of thoughts and cultures. There is nothing wrong with wanting to retain aspects of your original culture, but when it becomes more important than being an American, that is where the problem lies.

    People that see themselves as being Americans first have the spirit and attitude that what has made this country great. Individuals with fortitude to strive for something better, to enrich everyone's lives, and embracing capitalism, which leads to the great advances in technology, medical sciences, comforts and advanced critical thinking. Being American means loving your country, loving the good and the bad, not wanting to leave because you think the wrong President was elected, supporting the troops, helping those in need without asking for attention or scamming the Gov't. This country is made up of millions of Americans, but if you were to listen to the MSM, you would only find separate groups clamoring for attention and whining about offenses and discrimination.

    I feel you can only be a real American if you embrace the American culture and not take on the Dash American mentality, accept being an American first and a whatever second. I love being an American, and I love the different sub-cultures that America has to offer, but NOT at the expense of our American culture.

    God Bless America and Americans

    Mr Minority

    http://mrminority.blogspot.com/2005/11/are-you-american_113098729183078895.html
     
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    As a certified, 12.5% by blood decendancy, Cherokee, I have to say that I hate the term "Native American." If you're born here, you're a Native American. If you're decended from the original natives, you're Cherokee or Sioux or Hopi or Algonquin or Iroquois or, if you want to lump everybody in one group, American Indians. I just find the term "Native American" too PC and pretentious. It's like they're trying to make up for genocide with a pretty word.
     
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    I'll agree with that Hobbit. I'm 1/8 Winnebago indian. My mother is 1/4. She gets a check every month from the nation. My grandmother Carpenter was half Winnebago, and as I remember her by, "little grandma", my great grandmother was full blooded. Her maiden name was "Pond". Full American indian.

    I feel I'm an American. There's no need to call myself a "native American", even though I have strong decendant blood.

    But the jist of the post is, "why do people feel the need to call themselves african this, irish that, ESPECIALLY when they were BORN in America?"
     
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    From this day forward, I wish to refered to as a Caucasion American. I feel that since my white heritage can be traced as far back as 1750 Virginia, this should be recognized and respected. No one pays attention to the long line of my ascendants that have built this nation from it's very begginings. The term American is not good enough for me. I wish to be a Caucasion American. Change all the forms and please include my new nomanclature in any and all affirmative action privelages. Thank you and good night.

    (hopefully everyone picks up on the satire)
     
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    My father, God bless his him, has done an exhaustive geneological research for our family, and yes, my family also originated in Virginia, on his side. Believe it or not, I'm related to Wyatt Earp. My last name is Berry. I know you've never seen a picture of me, but others on this board have, and there's a strong family resemblence...

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    A little late, but I edited in a quick pic I just took of me to compare.
     
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    Cool, 'Stonewall' Jackson is in my bloodline. Can't say there is much family resemblance though. I'm not directly descended, as he had no sons, but there is speculation that Andrew Jackson could be in the family tree as well.
     
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    Outstanding. You never know who you really may be related to until you start digging.
     
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    I'm 50/50 with the OP.

    I do agree with the "American-First" mentality.

    I think part of the reason why many people call themselves XXX-American has to do with a disenfranchisement with the system. This is also one of the reasons why we have such low voter turn outs.

    However I find comments like:
    UNADULTERATED BULLSHIT!
     
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    What exactly was incorrect about His statement? Slavery has been over for well more than 100 years and civil rights laws have existed for more than 40. There are no slaves nor is their racial discrimination before the Law. So what is BS?
     
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    Good God, all you need is a badge and a peacemaker. If I see you, I'll remeber that Hell is coming with you. lol
     

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