Here is a little theory that I have been pondering:
There's No Such Thing As An "American"
The basis for this thought is extremely simple: America, in her design, is a mixture of many different cultures (the "Melting Pot" and etc.). Other
states are made of people of the same race, religion, and/or etc. America, by definition, is not. I am not saying this is a bad thing, I am just
making a point. Because America is full of different people from different countries, any one so called "American" has his or her heritage starting
from another state (as examples, think of the terms "African-Americans," "Chinese Americans," "Spanish-Americans," and etc.). To put it simply,
no one "American's" history began in America
. This shouldn't be news to us, as we have all learned of America's beginnings (and if you
haven't, feel free to learn, as it is very interesting).
Think of other states, with histories that stretch X thousand years (China, Germany, etc.) One can genuinely be from such states, as they have X
thousand years of history, while one cannot find that his or her own heritage ends in America. Does this makes sense to you?
If not, allow me to point out a few things. Do "Americans" speak "American?" Sure, one could argue that they do, as English is spoken very
differently in different places, such as the United Kingdom, America, and Australia. But, I would say that one would most likely agree that here in
America, one speaks English. Okay, so we use a language which is not uniquely ours, as we use it because of our English ancestors, which, in turn,
have a language that has its origins from Latin. What about the Chinese language and the German language and etc.? Are they uniquely there's? I would
say yes! The Chinese, I think, can read very ancient artifacts, as it is in Chinese. It's a language uniquely there's and has been for a very long
time, that is, it wasn't inherited from somewhere else, like here in America. And, in the case of the Chinese language, if it was inherited from
somewhere else, it was so very very long ago that it becomes irrelevant and so it's still unique.
Alright, now what about "American" names? Can we have "American" names? Surely other people in other states can have names unique to that state.
Such examples can be names that are uniquely Chinese, German, and Russian. So what of "American" names? As we have inherited our language from our
English ancestors, it makes sense that our names cannot be uniquely ours. Sure, English names may be a bit different from the ones found here in
America, but they are very closely related, as, again, we have a common language with few differences.
How many racists are there in this country that think that so called foreigners aren't allowed in this country? I wonder if these racists know that
they really aren't "American!" I wonder if they know that their history stretches back to other states, maybe ones in Europe and etc. My intentions
with this thread are innocent. This isn't an America-hate thread. One way to end racism and xenophobia is to realize that one can't be an
"American," in the same sense as one could be, as examples, Chinese and German. I hate to rely on Hollywood, but look at the movie 'Gangs of New
York.' Look how many people thought that others didn't belong in America because they were foreign to them. The people judging, though, were, in
fact, foreigners! Do you think the English and the Irish and etc. belonged in America? Maybe they did, but what made them "American" (or more
"American" than others)? There's no race or ethnicity called "American," only the ignorant think that!
We have a huge problem here in America which revolves around some "Americans" thinking that others do not belong in America. People want to build
fences disconnecting America and Mexico for some reason (the reason isn't solely about keeping terrorists out, I am sure). Some fear that Mexicans
and others are taking jobs away from "Americans." But what is an "American?" What makes you more "American" than another? Just because you were
born here? Or is it because your family has X amount of years of history in America? Let me tell you that all your years of heritage in America is
nothing compared to people in other states! I used to get mad at the different ethnic parades we have here in New York. I used to wonder why we don't
have an "American" ethnic parade (the 4th of July doesn't count). I have come to the realization that we cannot
The thing about this There's No Such Thing As An "American" theory is that it can go one huge step forward. Although one cannot be an "American,"
one can genuinely be Chinese and German and etc. But, although such states have histories far longer than America, one could go further and say that
all of human kind is united in that we all came from a single place
! Whether it be Africa or Antarctica, as some theories have it, or from God,
as religious people would say, or because of science, as people of science would say, we all came from some singular starting point, which is a
logical statement. In essence, we are all the same! This fact is hidden by the many difference that we have. These differences are beautiful, not
disgusting as some people think. Thus, another point of this thread is to point out the obvious: we are all the same and equal!
Let's discuss! Mods, please keep this thread either in this forum or some other ATS forum, as I wish that this gets a lot of attention. Thanks!