Now, this is all aside from the fact that historically African-Americans can be considered second only to Native-Americans in terms of ties to this country. So what are you mad about? Self labeling? It's not like African-Americans are going around wearing dashikis and beating drums. So what is it about this self labeling that bothers you so much? Do you not get a news channel to keep you occupied with important matters?
Good for them. Everyone else doesn't have to give up their heritage simply because your "parents" decided they were no longer Sicilian & Irish. Actually, most people haven't given up on their cultural inheritance. Which is what I guess bothers you so much. Free country though. Deal with it. People label themselves based on the history of their people. My history isn't the same as a Native American's. I don't label myself a "Native-American". My history isn't the same as an Irish American's. So I don't label myself an Irish American. Don't really care about who does or doesn't either.As mentioned, I was raised by a Sicilian and an Irishman, that upon getting citizenship, no longer referred to themselves as the such.
Read first comment.Recognized the melting pot ideology that made this country great, and embraced it with both arms (like real Americans do). I am far more "cultured" (if that's what you call traveling to foreign places, eating food, seeing historical objects/sites/buildings/artwork, I just call it traveling and eating) than you give me credit for, I've seen, well quite a bit. Been quite a few places. There's no-place like home. Home is not where your ancestors or parents came from...it's here.
Embracing =/= assimilate. Your demand is for people to assimilate. Not embrace.My parents call themselves American. What's your excuse? Embrace your country, I promise, it's not so bad.
Read your last statement in the OP.and what the hell was I baiting? Someone clue me in here. Catalyzing a conversation many don't want to have isn't baiting.
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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
I have not always liked the way the Colin Powell has been treated, especially by Rush. And even if he was associated with the Bush administration, he seemed highly respectable and principled. I liked him more than Cheney and Bush.
He stepped down as Secretary of State, whereas Rice continues to defend the Bush administration. I think that that's going to be her problem.
Most politicians do get attacked for breaking from the party, but I think Colin Powell really is a good asset for the GOP. Or at least he was, until some attacked him.
But I agree with what you're saying, it is sad to watch. I have seen black liberals and conservatives attack each other here with pretty awful insults. I don't understand it. I don't understand why some white people engage in it like they do either.
At some point, they are just arguing that other party is the more racist party.
Often times it is needed to have an intellectual conversation without disrespectfully, inflaming people. If you use inflammatory language or talk like a partisan hack, then people focus on your language and words instead of the merit of your arguments.
But certain people on DP have no merit or arguments, and they are pretty much begging to be flamed.
It's hard to believe that people just give up their culture.
Maybe his parents started calling themselves American instead of Irish and Sicilian, but its hard to believe that he just threw away all their cultural ties. Its a huge part of one's identity. How does somebody just suddenly stop being Sicilian and start being American?
Its just impossible in what I have seen in my own parents.