She ALMOST got it perfect.

From Reason.TV’s coverage of the Beck Rally last weekend:

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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 saying it for years. When are we going to start listening?


6 thoughts on “She ALMOST got it perfect.

  1. I totally agree with you. My aunt is into our family history, she found the documentation proving our first ancestor to arrive in America did so in the summer of 1650. That is cool for sure, but I didn't do it.

    The guy across the street became an American the hard way just last year. We are exactly the same in my book.

  2. The same thing grated on me.

    You ask a good question. I can only add, "Will will listen in time, or are we destined to continue our slide?"

  3. Ideally that's the way it is Curt. Practically, the older and more established families have enough power and pull to get out of trouble, keep from fulfilling their duties and in general be treated better by officialdom than others. New immigrants are often (usually) coming from places of onerous authority, where you avoid officialdom and duty because either may get you killed for no good reason. Same with the more melanin prone members of our fair land. Some places you can (and do) get arrested for WWB (walking while black).

    I'm not saying the division between American and hyphenated American is good, but a black American is better than an African-American, at least it shows a reduction in the level of separation. And for some, ethnicity is an important part of their identity; although saying African is kind of like saying Native American. It's a null term, if you really identified ethnically you'd specify a tribe.

  4. was it you that told me you could do reverse email lookups? was this the site you were talking about??? i was going to it and it was not showing up…

  5. was it you that told me you could do reverse email lookups? was this the site you were talking about??? i was going to it and it was not showing up…

    Nope…wasn't me.

  6. IMHO the distinction of referring to herself as a black American was purposeful and appropriate. The reporter seemed to be fishing for a race-card moment and she shot him down with finesse and style.

    stay safe.

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