Hyphenated-American. 2016-04-11

OneNation1African-American, Asian-American, Native American, etc. Why do we tend to delineate only certain types of our melting pot with the hyphenated American prefix. Either all Americans should be hyphenated or none of them. I am a Scotch-Irish-German-American. We’re all Americans for goodness sakes. Our ancestors originally came from somewhere else. Why is that a concern when we describe a segment of our population? We mark some people as indigenous because they were already in an area from the time of European settlement, but most originally came from somewhere else. Just as time did not begin AD, there were millions of years BC.

It seems the population is pigeon-holed into groups of minorities in this country. Not just ancestral but there’s also LGBT-Americans, Evangelical-Americans, etc.  If you’re in another country do they refer to their populations as African-French or Asian-German? I mean why is a person’s heritage or who they are a point of segmentation? It’s weird, and I never say that. (Well, actually I say it all the time.)

How will we ever have hope of a people blended in brotherhood if we don’t stop this practice of placing post-it notes on our foreheads ala Michael Scott of The Office. Each and every citizen should be able to stand and say, “I am American”, and that’s it. The declaration of ancestral country, religion, race, creed, sexual orientation, age, or color should not ever need to be a qualifier of what kind of American we are. We’re American and equal under the law. Being American means you can be yourself, be different, find fulfillment and happiness however we interpret that for ourselves as long as we do not cause harm to others physically or psychologically.  Let’s drop the labels, guys, and fade into that ‘one nation’ we’ve all heard so much about. Stand tall in yourself and embrace diversity. It is what makes us unique, strong, and wonderful.  Really wonderful. Oh, and crazy — there’s always crazy… Sandy

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