From Reason.TV’s coverage of the Beck Rally last weekend:
If she had just stopped at “I’m an American” and not added the “Black American” to it, it would have been perfect.
That’s the thing about this country. It doesn’t matter if your family can trace its roots on this land back to before the Revolution (as mine can) or you’re first generation and speak with a thick accent (as does an Uncle of mine who was born in Bulgaria). If you are an American Citizen, either by birth or by request, you are an American.
No hyphens, no caveats, no divisive qualifiers.
That is not to say that you shouldn’t take pride in your heritage and where you and/or your family comes from. Those are the things that build the uniquely American tapestry of our society. But your heritage doesn’t change the fact that you are an American.
This is nothing new or groundbreaking…people have been for years. When are we going to start listening?