Saturday, August 04, 2012
For those of you not in America, sorry, feel free to ignore this Ranting Blog
Yesterday on Facebook several people posted a picture of Gabby Douglas with the caption "Congratulations on being the first African American to win Gymnastics All Around Gold".
Today everyone has some sort of hyphenated identity. They are either African-American, or Euro-American, or Italian-American, or Catholic-American, or Christian-American, or Jewish-American, or Gay-American, or Lesbian-American or Something-American. What ever happened to just being an American? (This is where we need an Interrobang! Look it up)
Everybody is a member of some sort of minority or even miniscule hyphen group. I myself am an English-Irish-Catholic-Yellow Jacket-Southern-Euro (that means white)- American. WOW! I bet I could go to a meeting every day just to keep in touch with all of my friends on the hyphen.
One of the ways that subversive groups take over a people or a country is to divide the population into small groups and then one by one, bring the small sects into the fold. It has worked throughout history. One need not look back too far to see it happen in the United States. In 1992 Bill Clinton did not seek to gain a majority of all of the voters but rather to assemble a coalition of minorities until he had achieved a plurality. That tactic worked well for him.
It would be in the best interest of America if all of its citizens were to simply remove the hyphen key from their keyboards and think of themselves as Americans. In "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in about 1966, Sidney Potier says to his father, "When you look in the mirror you see a black man. When I look into the mirror, I see a man". We need to move beyond being conscious of what minority group we belong to and focus on who we are and that is Americans.
I am not advocating forgetting or ignoring ones past or heritage only not making it the central focus of your life.