Friday, August 10, 2012

How American Are You?

Many ancestors on my father's side landed here when the Colonies were under British control. My mother's side are recent immigrants.  Who is more American? My father or my mother?  How about my now deceased brother-in-law?  He was born in the Dominican Republic but after 10 years in this country he became a citizen. Was he less American than my sister?  Are there degrees of citizenship?  Are those that hold dual citizenship only 50% American?  Using this type of reasoning some people would argue that Indians are the most American of all.  OK, sorry, I meant to say Native Americans. Most immigrants come here voluntarily unless they were black and born before 1808 when importing slaves was outlawed. Oops, sorry again, I meant Afro-American. How about the children who came here with their parents undocumented?  And they have spent their entire lives in the United States and don't even know their birth country?

Support the Dream Act.

P.S. From now on I will be calling myself a Czech-American and a Pre-United Statesian in honor of my mother and father.


7 comments:

  1. Too bad you don't have a "like" bottom!

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    1. As soon as I figure out how to adapt this blogger thingy.

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  3. Simetimes when I'm filling out a form that asks you for your etnicity I just check "other."

    I'm such a badass

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    1. Yes, you are. I am going to report you to ICE especially since you live in Arizona and fit their racial profiling to a T.

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  4. Whatever one's take on undocumented immigration, It seems inhumane to deport someone to their supposed country of origin when they can't remember ever living there and are barely fluent in the language.

    As far as what being American is, it's still seemingly a lively discussion.

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  5. I support the Dream Act!!! Great post!

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