some parts of Europe due to immigration from Latin American, Asian, and African countries. Many people are threatened by the shift in the population. Quite a few people are resorting to joining nationalistic and militia groups as they feel that they are losing their racial hegemony in their respective American and European societies. They feel that those from Latin American, Asian, and African countries will soon be the majority in those two countries. Let's discuss this!
I have no problem with skin color or other racial characteristics.
I do absolutely have a problem when one culture attempts to take over another and change it. I like my culture and do want it to become that of Latin America or anywhere else, so in that respect I guess I feel threatened.
On the plus side, most real immigrants change countries because they like what they see in the destination country, not because they like what they had in the origination country. Because of that they often bring their culture with them to some degree, but also make a large effort to assimilate into the new one. The don't demand that peoples of their new country become like what they left, and that greatly reduces the feeling of being threatened by forcible change.
Excellent point, Wilderness, keep the discussion going.
I agree with Wilderness. I don't care about anyone's ethnicity, but I do care that immigrants assimilate into and contribute to American society. I would not emigrate to another country and not learn the language and expect them to cater to me. When my grandparents came to America nearly a century ago, they integrated into American society. I expect the same respect from immigrants who come to America today.
Unfortunately, a lot of American's who move to other countries don't do it either.
You have to give people time though to assimilate. But, we would not have many foods in North America if people has assimilated completely, we would not celebrate St. Patrick's Day, etc. .
In the case of Spanish... it was spoken in the US first, before English.
What's to discuss? The bottom line is we won't solve the racial or ethnic separation issue until we are all tan. Which seems to be a natural progression - and not one I see as a bad thing.
America has been many different blends of many different cultures/colors for as long as human beings have been living here. I am not sure what there is to discuss about such a general fact of life. It's all good.
Yes there is. Certain populations are growing and certain populations (white) are not.
It's a shame that people still judge each other by skin color.
I also wish we would dispense with the hyphenation.
If you are an AFRICAN-American, where is the primary identity?
If you are an ASIAN-American, where is the primary identity?
At what point in our assimilation do we get to be simply AMERICAN??
I recently watched a championship spelling bee on TV. Based on my observation
of their looks and their names (thus making a judgment call), every single one of these kids is Indian. Yet their identity was the state they are from and the school they go to.
In other words, regular old American kids!
To be honest, I've never really noticed...lol It may sound funny, but my earliest question to my mother related to race was, "Why am I so pale?"
Having been born in a very 'dark' urban area, I was always the one who felt different, but ultimately, it simply stopped being anything I noticed. If you were a decent person, I enjoyed your presence. That you might come from a different culture only made things more interesting. By the time I was five, I knew how to make homemade tortillas and tamales because our Mexican neighbors taught me how. As a small child, I had books in Korean (that I couldn't read, of course) because our Korean neighbors loved fat little white babies.
Funny that no one pulls that "what are you first" question on people on St Patrick's day. What are you IRISH or American?!
You can be American and recognize your heritage at the same time. It is like saying loving your mother stops you from being an adult. Errant nonsense.
What you have said is so true. I see beyond skin color and nationality/ethnic origin, I see THE BEAUTIFUL HUMAN PERSON. It is sad that some people refuse to do so.
I often wonder, with the anonymity of the web, how often racists from one camp become fast friends with racists from another camp through a forum on a shared interest that does not lend itself to disclosing their heritage or ethnicity? What a wonderful dose of reality and humanity would be given if/when that little detail were discovered.
Yes, it is. As humankind evolveas a species, artificial boundaries such as "race", "ethnicity", and "color" no longer matter-people one day will be looked upon as "humans", nothing more, nothing less. Those who are prejudiced and insular in mentality are slowly becoming extinct. Such artificial boundaries have NO PLACE in the 21st century. Racists are a dying breed, thank goodness.
And it goes both ways. As the US culture becomes more Hispanic, people should assimilate to that. And everyone should be assimilating to Native American culture a hell of a lot more than they have, rather than just ignoring the crap that is going on on reservations, which are on basically useless land.
You are so correct. Americans have assimilated to non-white cultures for centuries. Americans have been influenced in her music by African-Americans or Blacks such as ragtime, jazz, the blues, rock'n'roll, rhythm and blues, soul, and eventually hip hop and rap. Swing, a derivative of jazz music was influenced by African-Americans.
Many Americans are devotees of soul food which was mostly African in origin. Americans are more influenced by other cultures, notably non-Caucasian, more than they would love to admit. Elvis Presley and other rock'n'roll greats were influenced by African-American musicians. The Rolling Stones copied many of their musical styles from African-American singers and artists. African-Americans influenced fashion style which is copied and altered by many people.
Latinos also made an enormous impact on American and European music and culture. Latin music is also a derivative of African music mixed with some Native and European music. Latinos have created dances and styles which are still used today in America and Europe. Musicians such as Desi Arnaz, Tito Puentes, and Machito have influenced music worldwide. America has always been and is a polyglot nation.
We are on the brink of war and what worries everybody is the shade of colors that will predominate within 20 years, did I understand WELL?
To be honest Americans have as much legitimacy as the Israelis as for their land. Can any scientist trace anyone of us and originate us conclusively from America? Obviously not. We are not a race. Genetically we belong to the rest of the world and that makes us non unique.
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