reply to post by haarvik
no star or flag though i'm tempted to bump this thread
so that others can see who the racists and bigots here are
i am a 2nd gen american three of my grandparents were immigrants, 2 of them may have been illegals or at least related to illegals, that's right
folks, i'm talking about the
wait for it,
the sicilian side of the family.
when i asked any of my grandparents about the old country or the language
they would all say the same thing more or less
"you are an American, forget about the old country, this is your country and it's the greatest in the world and you have every reason to be proud of
being an American"
being a curious,stubborn and willful child i made it a point to study my ancestry and because i believed, i studied the history of my country and
found out the ugly truths that i have seen the same bigoted posters here vehemently deny on other threads. these are usually the same ones posting or
chiming in on those "ZOMG!!! white people are being discriminated against"threads.
Getting Out of the Trap, I: The Old Theme -- A "Redeemer Nation," with Some Explaining to Do
It is one of the strange throughlines in the history of U.S. nationalism that since at least the mid-nineteenth century Americans have fancied their
country as the savior of the world's peoples--redeemer nation, civilizer, beacon of liberty, asylum of the oppressed--even as they have expressed
profound anxiety that the world's peoples might ultimately prove the ruin of the republic. The period between the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876 and
World War I was a critical epoch in the twin development of these contending ideas. Americans erected a magnificent statue in New York Harbor
beckoning the "tempest-tost" and "wretched" refugees of the Old World through the "golden door" of new hope, and yet they developed in
succeeding decades an elaborate biological explanation of the superiority of "old-stock" Americans and the undesirability of the "backward" or
"useless" races who were overrepresented among the new immigration. ... What America had to offer seemed too good not to extend to the benighted
peoples of the world (by force, if necessary); but what those people threatened to return in the bargain ultimately seemed too bad to risk.
My focus on the years 1876 to 1917 in this book is meant to redress two striking failures of our national memory--one regarding immigration; the
Recent debates over immigration have revolved around highly idealized images of the "good" European immigrant of a bygone era.
It is useful to know, in this connection, that--however safely "assimilated" now--at the moment of their arrival the waves of European immigrants
constituted a full-blown political crisis in the United States, and that it was a crisis articulated in exactly the terms used today by the likes of
Patrick Buchanan, Pete Wilson, or Border Watch in reference to Asian and Latin American immigrants. ... The myth of yesterday's "good" European
immigrant resides at the heart of this popular misreading of the period, screening the fact that today's "bad" immigration represents precisely the
threat that the republic has faced and overcome many times before. Evidently the capacity of the republic to withstand its own diversity is greater
than the capacity of many citizens to imagine an America that departs significantly from the demographic status quo (and lives to tell about it--in
funny how slavish in your conduct y'all are. mexico's economic problems are a result of US Corp/GOV policy
but you blame the mexicans or whoever you're told to blame but not your masters, oh no! not them and you certainly never blame yourselves
those who ignore the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it.
read it and weep
many of you europoids were once discriminated against as well once.
well y'all are free to spit on your grand and great-grandparents.
but don't dare spit on mine or try to make liars out of them with your recidivist and revisionist crap
a very PO'D American.