The title of this post might seem like I'm spoilin' for a fight but I am not so read on...
Twice it has been brought up to me, once by a Mexican and the other by a Honduran, that Americans (meaning born in the USA) feel we are the only ones to own the label American. They felt they should be called American too. I chewed on this for a while. Then it hit me one day as I entered Mexico. Bienvenidos a Estados Unidos Mexicanos said the sign. Welcome to the United Mexican States. Therefore people born there are Mexicans. And North Americans. And if you were born in Canada (official name is Canada - I googled it), then you are Canadian and North American. I was born in the United States of America so I am American and North American. Earth shattering news, right?
And my friend from Honduras? I have news for him. He was born in the Republic of Honduras. He is Honduran and Central American (and Catracho because Hondurans are called that for some reason and, no, I haven't bothered googling it yet). If he were born just a few miles away in Belize, he would have been Belizean and Central American. But today I will label him Butthead because he is stubborn as all can get out. I like to get the last word and so I will say to my Honduran friend AKA Butthead.... "I am American and you are not. Nahhhh." (tongue sticking out).
But it doesn't mean I am better than you. Nor does it mean you are better than me because you are not American.