Stop Acting And Talking Like a Hyphenated American!
Still, why does everyone have to be a hyphenated-American? Did you know that President Teddy Roosevelt once said; "In this country we have no place for hyphenated-Americans.
" That is not to dismiss people from other places, we are a nation of immigrants and everyone came here from somewhere else, unless you are a pure blooded American Indian.
But then again archaeologists and anthropologists believe that the American Indians had hoofed it over here across the Bering Strait over the ice onto the North American continent, therefore they too are immigrants.
If we are all immigrants, I guess we are all hyphenated Americans, therefore there's no reason to distinguish any further, and to do so is to divide rather than unite.
So why do people distinguish themselves as a separate group of Americans? In doing so it is making a statement that they are different, unique, better, or belong to a certain group and not the whole.
Perhaps they believe this in their mind, but everyone should know that this is diametrically opposed to the concept of the great melting pot.
We are supposed to be all one, and if we are continually hyphenated ourselves, self-segregating, and dividing what makes this nation so great then we certainly aren't doing ourselves any favors.
It's good to have a solid level of self-esteem and a strong sense of identity and I suppose the use of a hyphenated ancestral title helps with self-validation and unity amongst that segregated peer group.
But to divide one's main group or oneself away from the strength of an entire nation does no one any good.
In fact it is a loss of power and synergy.
It hurts the whole, and the individual and their smaller self-proclaimed grouping.
Not to mention the fact that it creates animosity and a closed club, a group which is special, different, or somehow un-American, and these hyphenated descriptions can be used for negative undertones, or perceived as a positive amongst the new category or group.
Then we get into the political correctness and all the challenges there.
What I'm saying to you is this; we are causing more problems than we are solving by all this hyphenation.
Perhaps it's time we un-hyphenated everyone, got everyone on the same page, and agreed that we are all Americans after all - and realize that simply being an American is a great thing, so why would you wish to be anything less than what you already are? Why not join in?