At 11:43 PM 12/15/96 UT, you wrote:
>It always seems to me that the US citizens on this list aren't comfortable
>with being American. They are desperately seeking an alternative "ethnicity"
>and would be prefer to be "Scots" or "Irish" - often with less claim than I
>have myself! It is sad (and a little worrying) that the people of a great
>nation are so anxious to deny their nationality.
Pardon me for interrupting (I was going to just lurk on this list, but
thought I might offer a bit of explanation of the American interest in
I'm not so sure that "the people of a great nation are so anxious to deny
their nationality" On the contrary, I think we are proud to call ourselves
American. However, it seems that in this great melting pot, there are a
large number of us who find it next to impossible to trace our ancestory.
There ARE many people who have obvious roots (hopefully this won't offend
anyone due to racial categorization) -> people of Italian descent, African
descent, Irish descent, Scottish, et cetera. But a large number of us
feel left out. We don't know who our ancestors were. Records weren't kept
properly, or were lost. So, we are stuck with a desire to find out who we
are, but in many cases know that will be impossible to ever prove/disprove.
How lucky you must be to actually know your heritage.
True Americans are very happy with the fact that our nation consists of
many races/religions, and a pride in acknowledgement of these various
affiliations is actually a tribute to our American nationality.
Anyway, hope I haven't offended anyone, just got a little hyped up after
watching "Riverdance" on PBS. It's been on about 8 times in the last two
weeks (it's pledge drive month, so they keep replaying the good shows!)
Best Regards, Brett Willis (an American of unknown ancestory)
Brett Willis <[log in to unmask]>
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