Re: Native American
rodney w. bidinger (rwbidin@ALW.NIH.GOV)
Fri, 10 Oct 1997 12:11:10 -0400
After having read all these threads on "Americans", I have to throw
another wrench into the fray.
I do not like being referred to as an American period. Having spent
many years overseas and being asked if I am an american, I feel the same
way when I here someone being asked if they are European instead of
German or French and if asked if they were British vice English,
I am from the United States. Plain and simple.
If you want to be technical about one's birth, anyone born in North,
Central, and South America can claim to be "American".
We as a people put too much emphasis on ethnicity. I ask why?
I feel this is why we have so many of the problems associated with
ethnicity that we have in this country today.
If you want to know what someone wants to be called. Ask them, they
will like it much better and you don't have to worry about offending
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City