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Hyphen-Americans and Culture diversity

Posted by Jeremy on December 3, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I have issues with all the focus during the adoption on "hyphenated" kids.  African-American.   Latino-American.   Asian-American.    Really?  I thought we where just looking at an American baby? How can we expect our child not to be racicst if we say THIS guy is an LA, and THAT guy is an AA. Why EMPHASIZE the culture your ancestors came from rather than the culture you live in today? 

Let me end with some great quotes:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."  - Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Listen to what John Wayne said:

So it seems to me that when a man calls himself An "Afro-American," a "Mexican-American,"  "Italian-American," An "Irish-American,""Jewish-American," What he's sayin' is, "I'm a divided American." Well, we all came from other places, Different creeds and different races, To form a become as one, Yet look at the harm a line has done-A simple little line, and yetAs divisive as a line can get. - John Wayne

Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic.”      Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

So why are we still holding on to our hyphens if not to segregate and seperate people from all just being... Americans?

I'll gladly play the game.  SURE - we'll enjoy learning about culture and diversity - but know this:  I wasn't raised to judge a man by his skin tone, his accent, or his place of birth.  I was raised to judge one by one's actions or inactions.  My child will be raised the same - as an American.



Categories: December 2011

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