<<<<> What is the failing today though in The United States, is that ethnic
>> comes before pride in being an American. That goes for those of us of
>> European heritage, Latin, African or Asian. We forget, that before all
>> if we are born here in the United States, we are Americans first, last,
>> always. Ethnic pride, when it becomes the dominate factor, is what is
>> driving a dangerous wedge in our society.
>we are _people_, first, last, and always, not americans or whatever.
>nationalist pride can be just as destructive as ethnic pride. ethnicity
>causing conflict within a country is no different from nationalism causing
>conflict within the world. i don't put being an american before, after, or
>sideways from any ethnicity i claim. they are just two qualities of
>me as a person.>>>
It is amazing. But everytime Americans begin to feel pride in their own
ethnicity, people start worrying about whether or not they are being American
enough. Is it that way in other countries, as well?
This is just a tidbit of trivia. But Woodrow Wilson, when he was
president of the USA, tried to drive the use of any form of ethnic appelation
out of use with the word 'American'. And, he tried to rid people of the
phrase 'Irish-American' the hardest of all. Wilson felt that terms like that
would break the 'white race apart' by forcing us to admit that we had
diversity amongst ourselves.