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October 22, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Identify yourselves as Americans only

We are now so far into the race issue in America that it is time to answer a few questions so that we all know what to say and what not to say.

What exactly do people of color want to be called these days? In the ’60s it was “Negro,” in the late ’70s and ’80s it was “colored,” in the ’90s and early 2000s it was “black,” and now it’s “African-American.”

All of these terms are correct for the color of their skin, except for African-American. If they were born in America, and their parents and grandparents were born in America, aren’t they just American?

Now for the “whites.” Do they want others to call them “white,” “Caucasian” or something else? Please tell us, so we all can be correct in what we call each other.

The same applies to Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans, German-Americans, Mexican-Americans and others. If you were born in America, aren’t you just an American?

It’s time to stop defining each other or ourselves as anything but Americans.

I feel that if you put any other country before America in your definition of yourself, that you don’t love America as much as you love the other country.

I want to be called an American who will stand up for and fight for my country and the Constitution. What about all of you? Are you an American or are you something else?

No matter what color, race or creed you are, define yourself and then stick to it.

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