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I must... I must... I must say this to everyone that I can reach!

I have been talking to people of all races and backgrounds extensively on our views in the USA of racism and immigration. The most conclusive and profound thing I find is our ignorance of the obvious. We are all AMERICAN. Outside of our country walls, no one looks at our color differences but ourselves. I have had friends of mine ask me what it feels like to be a "white" American. To this I answer "I don't know. I am 1/4 American Indian" as they give me a nice hard look examining the color of my skin they begin to understand where racism in our country can get out of control. I am not white, not fully. As we begin to discuss this topic further we also find another hard hitting fact. How many people use the term African American? I can tell you, all my friends in this particular race category are not from Africa at all. So, we as a people decided all black people should be lumped together as African Americans? Why, I find that racist in itself.

Essentially, judging is the biggest issue here and though we want to be politically correct in our terminology, we further the gap and make the races of our nation more confusing. When 9/11 happened, there was an abundance of people of every other nationality in America bombarding and killing anyone who looked like they might be from Afghanistan. How sorely wrong the people of America were when they did this. What does this all spawn? Hatred. Pure, simple and always the winning side of all wars. I watched a video of a group of American's protesting illegal immigrants from coming into American. In this particular video, a Native American came to them and called all of them immigrants. The crowd had nothing to say in rebuttal, nothing at all! Why? He was 100 percent right. Who are we, anyone that lives in the country besides the people who initially inhabited this land to tell anyone else they can't live here? The hypocrisy amongst the people is outrageous to say the least.

Now, I am going to come back to my initial point of the racism and immigration argument. Look at everyone you know... black, white, Chinese, Mexican, Indian... look! Do you see what I see? Do you see what everyone else sees? We are all American. Our country is either hated or loved for it's views, politics, freedom or culture. No one outside of us sees a color when they view us. They see what we are and that's a country of Americans. For us to separate our races at this point is more than moot. I could speak to someone in another country, take one of my friends who are different from me and do you know what? They will see two Americans! Now, I don't stand for or represent my government and even if I know this, they don't care. I am either an enemy or friend to the outside of my countries waters. I could be an Atheist and Anarchist and it wouldn't make a damn difference to someone else.

Let's now take this in and think about ourselves. We are being defined as a country, we are being defined by our language, our government, our media. The thing we are not being defined on? Our races within our country. So lets do this, a crazy proposal if I may... let's start looking at ourselves from the outside rather than the inside. Let's see each other the way the rest of the world sees us. No races, no religions, no political parties... see what you are and really breathe it in. You are an American!

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krazi-Renee


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The following comments are for "America! "
by krazirenee

the "Isms" are hate
I think any word ending with "ism" is a negative: racism, activism, socialism, communism… These are terms that people adopt for themselves to give definition to their philosophy and beliefs, and ultimately to attract or align with others who share those beliefs.

Then, I consider those "ist" words that usually accompany "ism" words. Socialist, Racist, Activist, Communist… these are terms that others attach to the philosophy or beliefs that the "ism" people want to spread.

As long as people are somehow able to make money exploiting these "isms" and "ists" conversations then none of it will go away. Racism and Racists has become an industry, news outlets keep dwelling on these issues, same as other emotional issues like abortion, gay marriage etc… because the advertisers to their product keep sending money and people keep buying the magazines and news papers.

I find it really strange that (1) just because I am a white, heterosexual male American that only I can be a racist and (2) that everyone keeps bringing up Native American rights from 200 years ago as if I or any other white American had anything to do with it.

Get over it people. I live surrounded by 3 Native American tribes, you might say "reservations" but when you drive through they have McDonalds, Walgreens, Safeway stores, and yes Casinos that make billions. So no I don't own them anything. They've done very well on their own. They have merged into the free market economy of our country, they buy their products just like me. They can work anywhere they choose, in any business anywhere in the country. But you know, if I apply to work at a casino or other Native American owned business I will not be hired (Native Americans have hiring preference).

I Agree with you that we should all shut up about being some kind of hyphenated American (African-American, Puerto Rican-American, Native-American, Mexican-American) and just call our selves American.

But, if you are not here as a Legalized American then you should shut up, get in line to gain citizenship and start following the laws of our country instead of whining that your own country is so screwed up that American somehow "Owes" you something.

Anyway, that is my 2 cents worth.

BW



( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: November 3, 2013 )

In repy....
I agree that NO ONE here should feel bad in anyway about something they are so far removed from. Like Jews and Jesus. How long does one race have to suffer for another? I mean, we can go back 1000's of years and find a reason to hate or find a reason to complain to even one nationality within itself (thus you would be inclined to hate even one race being your own) so it's really gotten way out of control. America has gotten so hell bent on making everything sensitive that we keep finding new reasons to hate each other. While elsewhere people just hate America in general. Kind of convenient? Maybe, this way we look at each other like prisoners with possessions rather than the structure itself. I am making this a documentary because it needs to be done, if even 1000 people get reached and think about this just a little, they might step back and see the race war is not a war, it's a group of opinions and we have bigger things to complain about by this point in time.
I appreciate your comment and I thank you for your opinion on this as well. I try not to step on toes with my views or cause battles with words so I stay away (within reason) about things based on religion, politics... etc. Anything someone overly sensitive might misconstrued in text ;)

( Posted by: krazirenee [Member] On: November 15, 2013 )





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