Random Word I'm Getting Tired Of: Full-Blooded

Monday, August 09, 2010

I'm obviously out for people and news that reps the API community but as I was reading the following paragraph something struck me.

The first full-blooded Chinese-American NFL lineman recently reported to the Buffalo Bill’s training camp. Ed Wang, an offensive tackle, was drafted by Buffalo in the 2010 NFL draft, reports Asianweek.com.
I'm getting tired as a MF of hearing people qualify someone's Asian American status as FULL-BLOODED.

So if someone's 3/4 Chinese and a 1/4 Swedish, but the way they identify is as an Asian American - are they somehow less of an Asian American or a person of color?

Do we really have to qualify someone as being FULL-BLOODED?

Think about it this way. If you weren't born here, but lived most of your life here - which I know some of you are - or even if you've lived half your life here - or really - however long - and you're a citizen of the U.S. wouldn't you find it demeaning for everyone that was born here to be qualified as a REAL AMERICAN, but everyone who wasn't born in this country as not a REAL AMERICAN even though it was never said outright but implied because of the words REAL AMERICAN?

Don't get me wrong - I know there's a fine line in how we identify and what we call ourselves - but in the end - I just think it's old and tired to keep on referring to people as FULL-BLOODED.