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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    Obviously American is a nationality that everyone is a part of, but is American an ethnicity?...
    "Citizen of the United States of America" is 100% not an ethnicity, nor are we a nation-state.

    "American" is a political nationality that has nothing to do with language, culture, religion, ethnicity, origin, etc etc.

    Similar to that of Australian, Canadian, South African, Argentinian, Brazilian, and even to some extent.....British.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    Most Americans originate from western Europe, so we are, ethnically speaking, western European. Then it delineates from there into sub-categories. Nordic, Germanic, Anglo, etc...
    Germany is part of Central Europe. And as Germans are the largest ethnic group in the USA, that would make us a Central European nation.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    Germany is part of Central Europe. And as Germans are the largest ethnic group in the USA, that would make us a Central European nation.
    Where did you get that Germans are the largest ethnic group in the USA...they havent been that for decades...Italians were the largest european ethnic group in the USA for along time and soon if not now it will be Latino...the difference is it will not be a specific latin ethnicity...like puerto rican or cuban or mexican it will be a grouping of all of them together.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    No, at least not in the scientific/anthropological sense.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Where did you get that Germans are the largest ethnic group in the USA...they havent been that for decades...Italians were the largest european ethnic group in the USA for along time and soon if not now it will be Latino...the difference is it will not be a specific latin ethnicity...like puerto rican or cuban or mexican it will be a grouping of all of them together.
    Hmm I just went and looked and Im wrong...it does say German as being the largest...I learned something

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    "Citizen of the United States of America" is 100% not an ethnicity, nor are we a nation-state.

    "American" is a political nationality that has nothing to do with language, culture, religion, ethnicity, origin, etc etc.

    Similar to that of Australian, Canadian, South African, Argentinian, Brazilian, and even to some extent.....British.
    I agree with some of this, but you lost me after "has nothing to do with." It has A LOT to do with language, culture, religion, ethnicity.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Where did you get that Germans are the largest ethnic group in the USA...they havent been that for decades...Italians were the largest european ethnic group in the USA for along time and soon if not now it will be Latino...the difference is it will not be a specific latin ethnicity...like puerto rican or cuban or mexican it will be a grouping of all of them together.
    Race and ethnicity in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    German Americans made up 17.1% of the U.S. population followed by Irish Americans at 12% as counted in the 2000 U.S. Census. This makes German the largest, and Irish the second-largest, self-reported ancestry groups in the U.S.


    hmmm...though this may be wrong:

    The leading country-of-origin for Hispanic Americans is Mexico (30.7 million), followed by Puerto Rico (4.2 million) and Cuba (1.6 million), as of 2008.[33]

    Looks like Mexicans are the largest ethnic group in the USA, if you wish to consider them an ethnic group.
    Last edited by Thunder; 09-25-11 at 01:43 PM.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    I would suggest that American IS an Ethnic group. It's the single most diverse Ethnic group on the planet. It revolves around two very simple, core principles. The first is having been BORN here in the United States (regardless of what Ethnic group one's parents identify and/or associate themselves with) and the second is a loyalty to the United States of American First, Foremost, and Solely in your heart.

    I take this viewpoint from several of my own family members.....

    My great-grandmother (my paternal grandmother's mother) who in 1980 threw a US Census bureau worker out of her home because he stubbornly refused to list her Ethnicity as AMERICAN. See, her family had been here in the United States for more than 300 years (since before there WAS a United States) and so far as she was concerned anything further back than that didn't mean jack squat.

    My great-grandfather Adam (my paternal grandfather's father) who chose to wait three years after having the money to immigrate to the United States with his wife, Karoline from the area around the Germany/Poland border to ensure they both spoke sufficient ENGLISH (in addition to multiple other languages) that once they came to this country, they would never have to speak one of those other languages again. He also did it to ensure that when they came through Ellis Island, that his wife's name was spelled with a "K" and that their surname was spelled with a "ks" at the end rather than an "x". Upon arriving here in the USA, 101 years ago, he flat out forbade his wife to speak any language other than English in a public place and/or to teach even a single word of any language other than English to any of their eventually EIGHT children.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I would suggest that American IS an Ethnic group. It's the single most diverse Ethnic group on the planet. It revolves around two very simple, core principles. The first is having been BORN here in the United States (regardless of what Ethnic group one's parents identify and/or associate themselves with) and the second is a loyalty to the United States of American First, Foremost, and Solely in your heart....
    "ethnic group" suggests a common origin, culture, customs, language, dress, history, etc etc.

    American citizens are clearly not one single ethnic group. We have a VAST array of origins.

    secondly, American citizens who are born in another country, are just as American as someone who's ancestors came off the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.
    Last edited by Thunder; 09-25-11 at 01:56 PM.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    "ethnic group" suggests a common origin, culture, customs, language, dress, history, etc etc.

    American citizens are clearly not one single ethnic group. We have a VAST array of origins.

    secondly, American citizens who are born in another country, are just as American as someone who's ancestors came off the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.
    No... AMERICANS are all born here in the United States. We do share a common culture, custom, language, dress, and history. The fact that those things are less than 300 years old does not make them any less common. I am of the opinion that those who were born in another country should have a much more difficult time claiming US Citizenship than they do now. They need to prove a knowledge of this nation and a loyalty to it and nothing else so far as I am concerned.

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