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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    yes. but unlike most states in Europe, the USA is not a nation-state.
    I agree. The US gains its legitimacy from its Rational-legal authority, not its ethnic ties. However, for the debate of American as an ethnicity I was mostly talking about a common heritage, language, and culture that is present rather than our political aspirations.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    I agree. The US gains its legitimacy from its Rational-legal authority, not its ethnic ties. However, for the debate of American as an ethnicity I was mostly talking about a common heritage, language, and culture that is present rather than our political aspirations.
    the largest ethnic group in the USA.....are Mexicans.

    so what is this common heritage?

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    the largest ethnic group in the USA.....are Mexicans.

    so what is this common heritage?
    I am guessing they all have a common mexican heritage, I don't know, I'm not a mexican. Did you read the first post? There are a lot of people that live here that have 10+ generations in the US/british colonies that have nothing in common with their european ancestory. I was just wondering if we should call them an American ethnic group. Obviously you disagree, a lot of people seemed to on the poll. I wasn't trying to say that every single American citizen would fit this definition though so I don't see why you keep on taking it that way. I feel like I was pretty clear about this.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    American is not an ethnicity, its more of a variety of ethnicity's under one name. All equally hated across the world.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by stsburns View Post
    American is not an ethnicity, its more of a variety of ethnicity's under one name. All equally hated across the world.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    American is not an ethnicity, it's a nationality. The US is an eThnically diverse country, to have "American" as one's ethnicity would leave confusions, as "American" might easily be a Korean, Chinese, Indian, Caucasian, Afrian, Hispanic, and so on. One would be confused. If you're of German descent, then you're a German or a Caucasian, but of US nationality
    Hypothetically imagine a person coming originating from place significantly far was adopted at birth into a particular ethnic group (tribe) went through all the rites that a member of that ethnic group went through and was a member in good standing would you say he was really a member of the originating ethnic group?
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bardo View Post
    Then which is more important?

    Is someone who is born in America with anti-American views more or less American than a Mexican immigrant with pro-American views?
    I would suggest that BOTH are necessary, though I'd prefer to spend time with the Pro-American Mexican, than the Anti-American US Citizen.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    the largest ethnic group in the USA.....are Mexicans.
    so what is this common heritage?
    If Mexican gets to be an ethnicity, then American should get to be an ethnicity.


    Ethnicity isn't very solidly defined, iirc.

    I vote for making American an ethnicity if it's not already. I kind of suspect that it is already.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    No, our culture is far too varied, and we don't have sufficient common ancestry.
    Last edited by Cameron; 09-28-11 at 09:06 AM.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    No, our culture is far too varied, and we don't have sufficient common ancestry.
    Which is one of the main problems in this country right now.

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