View Poll Results: Is it wrong to refer to themselves as any of the following?

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  • No, its fine to be refered to as listed

    18 56.25%
  • Yes, its wrong to be refered to as listed

    0 0%
  • No, I have neve expressed disapproval toward these designations

    6 18.75%
  • Yes, I have expressed disapproval toward these designations

    7 21.88%
  • No, I'm fine "-American" in these cases

    7 21.88%
  • Yes, its wrong to add "-American" in these cases

    2 6.25%
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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    I think we're getting kinda far afield from what I was originally saying.

    I don't think Veterans are superior people nor do I suggest that they should be given rights or privileges that are not extended equally to every other American. I don't even think that non-veterans owe Veterans a debt of gratitude or respect, let alone deference or any kind of special perks or compensation.

    The point I was originally making is that for me, personally, the way I view things, is that I don't want to hear a bunch of non-veterans talking about how patriotic they are because it rings absolutely hollow - to my ears.

    I'm not saying that non-veterans who beat the patriotism drum aren't good people, I'm not even saying that they're unpatriotic.

    I'm just saying that when I hear them talking about how patriotic they are it sounds, to me, like the braying of a bunch of jackasses.

    That's my only point.

    Like it, don't like it. Agree with it, disagree with it.

    I don't much care.

    I was just adding my opinion to the discussion.
    No problem, I'm just doing the same.

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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Do you there anything unpatriotic, divisive or otherwise wrong for Americans to refer to themselves as any of the following with respect to ethic heritage?

    - Italian
    - Indian
    - Chinese
    - Irish
    - Jewish
    - German
    - Arab

    If you do consider it unpatriotic, divisive or otherwise wrong; have you ever in your life expressed disapproval of the specific references listed?

    To clear up any confusion that ethnicity is being discussed and not nationality of which the person is a patriotic citizen of America; is it unpatriotic, divisive or otherwise wrong for Americans to add "-American" in that reference?
    I find it really weird that America is the only country you see people use African-American, Irish America etc etc. You don't see that around the world. I think it's awesome that people honor their family roots but once you become an American you should refer your self as "American"

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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    I find it really weird that America is the only country you see people use African-American, Irish America etc etc. You don't see that around the world. I think it's awesome that people honor their family roots but once you become an American you should refer your self as "American"
    Not as often but I've heard Chinese-American, Japanese-American and some others. Most of the time people just drop the "American" part all together. Italian, Irish (or sometimes Irish-catholic), German, Puerto Rican, Jewish, etc. I think blacks who use African-America feel the need to make it clear they in no way want to give the impression their are denying their love of their country and people use that very motive to say that's what they're doing while never ever complaining about people calling themselves Italian, etc. I don't think most people honestly they any are talking about citizenship or nationality, just ethnicity and heritage.
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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Not as often but I've heard Chinese-American, Japanese-American and some others. Most of the time people just drop the "American" part all together. Italian, Irish (or sometimes Irish-catholic), German, Puerto Rican, Jewish, etc. I think blacks who use African-America feel the need to make it clear they in no way want to give the impression their are denying their love of their country and people use that very motive to say that's what they're doing while never ever complaining about people calling themselves Italian, etc. I don't think most people honestly they any are talking about citizenship or nationality, just ethnicity and heritage.
    They should just say their American. I don't go about calling myself European-American. I can understand if you immigrated over to this country but when are you 2nd, 3rd,4th and so on Generation American. You should just say that you are an American.

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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    I find it really weird that America is the only country you see people use African-American, Irish America etc etc. You don't see that around the world. I think it's awesome that people honor their family roots but once you become an American you should refer your self as "American"
    I'm sorry, I misunderstood your post but the first reply is worth saying.

    In the UK they have designations like "Afro-Caribbean"and "Brit-Asian."

    http://www.abcc.org.uk/
    http://www.londonchamber.co.uk/lcc_p...sp?aid=4456%20
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2222824/
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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    They should just say their American. I don't go about calling myself European-American. I can understand if you immigrated over to this country but when are you 2nd, 3rd,4th and so on Generation American. You should just say that you are an American.
    Well, they don't and nobody ever complains. Only when blacks say African-Americans; that's the problem. You can call yourself Irish all day, every day.

    People aren't even talking about citizenship anyway, they're talking about heritage.
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    Re: Another question about race

    America is the sort of place where you are proud to be American and of your heritage equally. Everyone refers to themselves as American at the end of the day.
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    Re: Another question about race

    America has more hyphens than a NOW convention.

    Knock it off you idiots from wherever.

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