This is a discussion on Racism in America within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; In all honesty I was wondering if that term actually originated immediately after the Civil War and was actually used in the above story as ...
In all honesty I was wondering if that term actually originated immediately after the Civil War and was actually used in the above story as posted. It was not in the history books I was taught, but then again that was many moons ago and historians may have changed some things since I was a school boy.
If you can read this, thank a teacher. Because it's in English, thank a vet
Don"t let stupid be your skill set....
And Shepards we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee,
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand, So that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command,
And we shall flow a river forth to Thee, And teeming with souls shall it ever be,
Last edited by Spirit51; June 21st, 2012 at 07:18 PM.
A woman must not depend on protection by men. A woman must learn to protect herself.
Susan B. Anthony
A armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one has to back it up with his life.
Cuzz they talk too damn fast and they have a funny accent.Originally Posted by Sig35seven
Why does the south hate Yankees? I've often wondered. I have heard some talk about the civil war as being the root cause. Is that really it?
I believe that every human is a racist, that it's in our make-up. It's how we react or act on those racist feelings that sums us up as an individual.
Think about it...can you honestly say that you haven't associated at least one bad trait to a person based on their perceived race? Can you truthfully state that you've never, ever had a negative thought when seeing a person of a particular race?
"Historical examination of the right to bear arms, from English antecedents to the drafting of the Second Amendment, bears proof that the right to bear arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right." -- U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, Re: U.S. vs Emerson (1999)
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts "native" before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.
The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.
For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American, is to be a traitor to American institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of the foreign vote are engaged in treason to the American Republic.
- Theodore Roosevelt, 1915
I have had a nice conversation with a black guy once who asked me what I thought about the term "African-American" to which he said quite proudly, he did not call himself. He said he was not born in Africa and did not feel any kinship towards it, and most likely his ancestors were brought from Africa to here, but that was about it. He said that he hoped I would not be offended by the question. I told him, I wasn't and the only thing that I could come up with was this.
True, your ancestors came from Africa, the same as mine came from Europe and the British Isles. I suggested that since black people have only had roughly 200+ year history in this country, they may be looking for something to identify with. I told him that he simply was an American. He smiled and said, "I like that, it makes sense." He shook my hand and told me that he really enjoyed the conversation and that we connected. I have felt very good about that ever since, we were able to talk about things like that, and not be offended at all. So It can be done.
The other was a comedian I saw in Nashville, TN named Tim Northern. He opened for Jeff Dunham, the puppet guy. Tim was so funny, never said one bad word but opened his act with this dry sarcastic joke.
"I got some bad news." "Yeah, found out I came from a mixed marriage!" "Yep, true. My Dad is African-American, my Mom is Black, my Grandfather is Negro and my Grandmother is Coloured!" Yeah, imagine that!"
The guy was a hoot. He made so much fun of this that I believe he hammered home the point that it was silly.
"A Smith & Wesson always beats 4 aces!"
The Man Prayer. "Im a man, I can change, if I have to.....I guess!" ~ Red Green
Born in America
Raised in America
Served to defend America
That makes me an American!!!!
I'm a black man and when I went to Nigeria, I felt out of place. I didn't feel any kinship until my feet were back on American soil. America is the land of my birth and the only land I will claim as home.
A man, without force, is without the essential dignity of humanity. Human nature is so constituted, that it cannot honor a helpless man, although it can pity him; and even this it cannot do long, if the signs of power do not arise.
I was actually adopted out of an orphanage and I am of Unknown Earlier Ancestry.
I consider myself to be a 100% BastardAmerican.
So Yes, if any of you members ever find yourselves thinking that is what I am after I have deleted or edited one of your posts....you're right. I am...& PROUD of it.
It has been said there are two kinds of people in the world, racists and liars.