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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentCivic Participation · 1 month ago

How come Americans hyphenate by country of origin or by race?

Isn’t everyone just plain old American?

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There was a time when people were more willing to cleave to be JUST "American" but of late we all want to feel special. Hence the desire for people who've never even been to "the old country" to stake their claims to terms like "Irish-American", "Italian-American", Mexican-American", et al. In reality those are only applicable to actual dual citizens.

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  • 1 month ago

    The largest example of what you're talking about is seen with African-Americans.Rarely do you see anyone refer to themself as "Irish-American" or "Chinese-American". They're simply "Americans" whose ancestors worked hard and suffered great hardships for the privilege of calling themselves "Americans".

    Hyphenating is meant to emphasize their identity. They don't consider themselves equal to the ones they've assimilated with and either try to raise themselves above everyone else or paint themselves as victims.

    The Black Lives Matter movement during the Obama administration exemplified the "better than everyone else" concept. When it was pointed out to them that all lives mattered, resorting to violence to maintain there separateness was a common response.

    In 1905, the NAACP was created as a tool to divide the nation, turning blacks against the whites. It was created to oppose Booker T Washington's efforts to assimilate blacks into white society through education, hard work, and mutual respect.

    The same Zionist banker Jacob Schiff that provided most of the capital for the NAACP had also helped to finance the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The reason for the NAACP was to divide and weaken America so the Jews could take over. 

    Teddy Roosevelt opposed the practice, calling them "hyphenated Americans". His position was that a person can't have allegiances to two different countries. You're either American 100% or you're not.

    Other countries have always promoted this doctrine, and loyal citizens of America still do. But there are those who abuse the freedoms offered to them that are unique to this country by separating themselves to push their own agenda.

    "If you hold a permanent view of yourself as a victim, you become your own oppressor." - Candace Owens

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  • 1 month ago

    Its known all over the world that America has a serious problem with racial division. It always has, but it's getting a lot worse.

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If you wanted to enjoy a meal of Sauerbraten, Rotkraut and Kartoffelklöße, would you look for an Italian-American restaurant?

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    • Mike
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Confucius never said it so succinctly. Now, how do you think the customers at the Sauerbraten restaurant self-identify?

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  • 1 month ago

    plenty of people here take pride, sometimes great pride, in the country of origin of their ancestors

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  • Because nearly all Americans are immigrants.

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