I Tend To Disagree That You Aren't Irish American, German American, Or Any Other American

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I happened to catch this Op-Ed piece at Fredericksburg.com which basically goes a little something like this:

For our country's and president's well-being, it is more than past the time to discard the race card. It is the height of insult to anyone's basic intellect when the card is played. It is done, most times, to cause separation and to hold people down.

Let's break down the walls. We are Americans, not German-Americans, not Polish-Americans, not Italian-Americans, not Irish-Americans, not Mexican-Americans, not Chinese-Americans, and not African-Americans.

We need to be united, not divided. Our heritage is important, but we should be Americans first.
We're all Americans (if you live in the U.S. that is) but what I always find interesting about these types of statements is that if you look at the immigrants of the past - they were always proud of their heritage, their ethnicity, any part of their culture that they came with to the U.S., passed down to their children, evolving over time.

It's only when people of color, non-white factions (and you could also say of certain religious descents) who decided to be proud of where they came from - who said to a society that basically told them "We just want to use and de-humanize you." - only then did the battle cry of "We need to be Americans, not Other Americans" come about. Only after some POC started to come into some power did people decide that being proud of who you were, your home country, your culture, your ethnicity - that Other - only then did they decide that it was somehow wrong.