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It's about time...

Its about time we wake up...Everytime I say something its like who ever hears it interprets it in their OWN F*cked up way. The greatest example I an give is this...

I work at a club, I meet people of all shapes, sizes, sex, religion, and backgrounds. Today this guy says I'm Mexican American what are you?

I say "I'm American"

He says what else, and I tell him thats it. I ask him where he was born he said America, I asked where he planned on raising his children and living out his life, his response was the same "America"

I asked why he felt the need the justify or claim what kind of American he was, after all shouldn't American be good enough?

He asked me how I can forget my ancestors and where I come from. I told him I have never forgotten my ancestors nor where I came from, and although yes my ancestors make up who I am, they do not define the person I am today. To classify myself as anything other than American would be false to me. This is where my loyality stays, here in America with the American people. I told him to classify my ancestors as a part of me today in saying I'm "such and such" American, is ridiculous, we'd be here for hours. My ancestors didn't really discriminate, and therefore I am a little bit of everything. Looking at my light skin and blonde hair noone would ever think to classify me as anything other than white.

I celebrate my ancestors, I have scrapbooks so that not only will I not forget where I came from but the generations ahead me wont either. But that doesn't mean that those things define me as a person. I don't need the label, and maybe some do to help make them feel better. American is good enough for me!

I state my claim here and now, I am an American born and raised and more than proud to be a part of this great country!




( I have been stuck on this topic for a while, and while I am not Miss Patriot tyring to save the world, I do firmly beleive that its not where you're from it where you're at!)


------
Amanda J



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by maryjane914

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I agree. I think that it's a good thing to be proud of your heritage, yet what you are isn't one's entire identity, and I find it somewhat distressing that people seem eager to perpetuate the stereotypes of their given nationality or ethnic group just to single themselves out as a blatant member of that group. Likewise, were one to look at me, there'd be no telling what I am. Well. not entirely true. but i digress.

I think everyone in this country is suffering through their own idenity crises. We're being called to celebrate our diversity, and in typical american fashion, we're being excessive about it.

( Posted by: PoetSkaBoy [Member] On: March 31, 2004 )

american
What you have said is right on. America and the principles it was founded on are not connected demographic quality. We should all be Americans first, and other things after that. It is certainly nice to celebrate ancestry, if it doesn't create and perpetuate division among us. Such opinions as yours gives me hope for the future.

( Posted by: brickhouse [Member] On: April 3, 2004 )

I agree
I too am with the other bunch. I was not raised here nor born here. But I am an American now. I am proud to be an American and it was worth the ten years of hassle from INS. I do not like people who move to a foreign country and insist on perpetuating their differences when they should be adopting their new land. If you're going to be an American then be one if not then go home.

( Posted by: brandy [Member] On: April 6, 2004 )





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