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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Thread: Another question about race

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    Re: Another question about race

    Anthropologists tell us that the human race evolved in Africa. I'm human, and live in America, so I'm an African American.

    Moreover, I was born here, so that makes me a native. I'm a native American.

    And once upon a time, several generations ago, my ancestors immigrated from Scotland. That makes me a Scottish American.

    I'm a native African Scottish American, and proud of it.
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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by Un biased View Post
    Jewish is a religious distinction .
    Or, you could try learning a little bit about the world.

    .......at least enough to realize that being Jewish is based more on ethnicity than religion for most -- especially here in the United States.
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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by Un biased View Post
    Jewish is a religious distinction not of country of origin and that is the only problem I have with people putting American at the end . Most people are of multiple nationalities and not of just one . Besides it brings up the question of how long does one need to reside in this country for one to be deemed just a American since everybody ( except the natives ) had to immigrate to this country .
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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?
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    Re: Another question about race

    I find it utterly ridiculous. If you're an American, be an American. If not, go somewhere else. It's as simple as that.
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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I find it utterly ridiculous. If you're an American, be an American. If not, go somewhere else. It's as simple as that.
    I hear people refer to themselves as Italian all the time. They've never even been to Italy. It doesn't bother me, or come to think of it anybody else I've know of outside of this thread but I do find it interesting in consideration of all to be considered.
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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Jewish has several possible meanings. I know at least one Jewish guy who is an atheist.
    I don't think that is possible it is a religious distinction . A ethnicity cannot be changed after birth as a religion can . If it were true then Christians would be Jewish .
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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?
    Ethnicity is not nationality, first off.

    Secondly, if one of the ethnicities you mentioned is in a person's heritage, I don't see any reason why they shouldn't acknowledge it as such. There's nothing wrong with recognizing where a person came from, so long as they are fully aware of where they happen to reside today.

    "American" really isn't a workable ethnicity anyway. We are far too diverse.
    Last edited by Gathomas88; 12-10-13 at 04:33 PM.

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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Or, you could try learning a little bit about the world.

    .......at least enough to realize that being Jewish is based more on ethnicity than religion for most -- especially here in the United States.
    As for yourself . It's as much as a ethnicity compared to other religions . I did not say it wasn't a ethnicity , since ethnicity is a very broad and general term . Its that after which point every religion would need to be considered a ethnicity .
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    Re: Another question about race

    Quote Originally Posted by Un biased View Post
    I don't think that is possible it is a religious distinction . A ethnicity cannot be changed after birth as a religion can . If it were true then Christians would be Jewish .
    No, Jewish can be religious, it can be ethnic and it can be cultural. I knew someone whose Chinese father was Jewish. I know a bunch of Jewish atheists. It means several different things.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

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