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    What am I?

    My great grand parents were born In Italy, my grand parents born there, moved here, my parents born here and I was born here.

    I think that makes me a Native American. I am certainly not Italian, never set foot in Italy.

    Does a Native American have to trace their past to crossing a land bridge from Siberia? So they are Asian?

    Will Americans ever reach the point where we refer to ourselves as Americans and not as where we think out roots lay? We will become a stronger country when we do I think. The hyphenated American is a great danger to our future ( I edited it from "greatest danger").
    So I have decided from now on when asked "What are you?" or some version of that, to answer American. And answer the same to the inevitable follow-up question, "No, what Nationality?

    I was born here, that makes me a Native American Dammit......a NAD.


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    Re: What am I?

    Your nationality is American, you may be able to claim your ethnicity is American. Native American is usually used as a concept that defines an ethnic group - it has essentially nothing to do with nationality. If you want to call yourself a native American (uncapitalized), that is true by some definitions of the terms "native" and "American". By capitalizing Native, you would be referring to a specific group, rather than using the dictionary definition of "native".

    And I realize that you probably know this, and are ranting about some perceived slight somewhere, so you can return to the original premise of the thread.

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    Re: What am I?

    What's wrong with celebrating your heritage? America is a country made up of people with different ethnic backgrounds from all over world, and maybe that is what makes it so great.

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    True but, we do have our own distinct culture now. Like ace said in the original post, most of us living in North America are hardly Italian, French, German, Chinese, etc... any more.

    You've gotta love sociology though, huh? Is there a more subjective scientific field?
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    I am actually part "Native American", some of my ancestors are from the Natchez and Chicuamangua tribes of Lousiana. (Not sure on the spelling of the second one). We believe there may be some Seminole and Mayan in the family too... I am also very Italian and Irish, and have some Norwegian, German, Scottish, English, and Canadian in me.


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    Pretty much everyone who's family has been here (in the US or Canada) for more then 3-4 generations is a mutt. You and I are as Italian, Irish, Norwegian, or anything else that you can think of, as we are Martians. Go, live overseas for a while, and you'll see what I mean.
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    Re: What am I?

    My answer to that question is always this
    I am American, proud American... Flesh and blood American... My ancestors came here from other countries so that they may live in America because it was a country they believe in and wanted to be part of it. I am an American... And will be until the day I die.
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    Re: What am I?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsoxRockies View Post
    I am actually part "Native American", some of my ancestors are from the Natchez and Chicuamangua tribes of Lousiana. (Not sure on the spelling of the second one). We believe there may be some Seminole and Mayan in the family too... I am also very Italian and Irish, and have some Norwegian, German, Scottish, English, and Canadian in me.
    Your mother got around, huh?

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    Re: What am I?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNamelessPoet View Post
    My answer to that question is always this
    I wouldn't say I'm proud to be [insert nationality]

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    Re: What am I?

    If your family is Caucasian from South Africa and they move to the US, are you African American?


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    nah
    "African American" is just the latest label for "African", "Negro", or "Black" peoples. It has just as much significance as any of those terms, as well.

    I understand what you're getting at, and kenny does as well from what I can see. You're only fighting a name, though. The only meaning is that which we give it.
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    Re: What am I?

    Quote Originally Posted by ohms_law View Post
    Pretty much everyone who's family has been here (in the US or Canada) for more then 3-4 generations is a mutt. You and I are as Italian, Irish, Norwegian, or anything else that you can think of, as we are Martians. Go, live overseas for a while, and you'll see what I mean.
    I am just proud of my natural heritage


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    Re: What am I?

    Quote Originally Posted by ohms_law View Post
    You've gotta love sociology though, huh? Is there a more subjective scientific field?
    Psychology ?

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    Re: What am I?

    Quote Originally Posted by ohms_law View Post
    You've gotta love sociology though, huh? Is there a more subjective scientific field?
    Sorry, are you calliing sociology a scientific field? Even the people that I know in sociology wouldn't make that claim.

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