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originally posted by: tonycodes
I am going to try my best and explain my point here. This is a subject I can't quite nail down in my own mind but i feel it is important to me as an American. So, I am an Italian American, and if the president and the media referred to Italians over and over but left out the American part, I would be insulted. Why, you ask? Well besides the fact that I am a #ing American and just happen to be of Italian descent, they are still not properly addressing the proper parties in this war. Their is an international threat sending its soldiers here to America. Obama even promotes how many times we caught their soldiers coming here and we caught them before they can kill anyone. Now there's so many that we are not able to catch them all apparently. So, this HAS BEEN a War and we just got hit. So why the hell are we not properly addressing who is who?
Now, I'm assuming some of you are saying Muslim isn't a country so the proper English is off a little here, but I would like to omit this from this argument and not waste time on semantics.
originally posted by: DeepThoughtCriminal
I know what you mean. America seems to do this a lot, like calling black people "African Americans" rather than just "Americans", which I've always found weird, seeing as most people of African descent who live in the US have never set foot in Africa, and have been living in the US for generations. Not to mention, it excludes all black people who are not of African descent, and who are of African descent, but not American (i.e., visitors from Africa, or British/European black people etc).
Calling Muslims who live in America "Muslim-American" is nonsensical, and seems to actually further segregate them. I mean, you never hear "Jewish-American" or "Hindu-American" or whatever. I'm from Russia - if I went to live in America would I be called "Russian-American"? No-one has ever called me "Russian-Australian".
Using such terms only isolates certain groups of people. If someone settles permanently in the US, or Australia, or wherever, and gets their citizenship etc, surely they should simply be referred to as American, or Australian, or whatever.
I think it's because countries like the US and Australia were created into the nations they are now by European immigrants, so if we exclude Native Americans and Australian Aborigines for the moment, there is no indigenous ethnicity, so people tend to be referred to as whatever ethnicity their ancestors were.