Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Sotomayor Race Race

I would not be surprised to see Ms. Sotomayor confirmed as our next Supreme Court Justice. Even if she is not, it doesn't really matter. Obama will nominate another just like her. There is no shortage of far left liberals, who while not necessarily racist, tend to exploit race to their gain.

Matters of race are truly baffling. For once, I would like to hear people in this country simply call themselves Americans. Being proud of one's heritage is commendable, yet we have this bizarre need to categorize American into various ethnic subgroups.

Is a person claiming to be a special kind of American, superior in some way to "plain" Americans? Or is it their claim to be an inferior sub-class of "normal" Americans? I suppose it all depends on the context, but it seems to lend credibility to the idea that we are not equal in this country as some would think.

Some would agree that we are not. Thank goodness for people such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who were put on this earth to keep racism alive and flourishing by picking at the wound so it may never heal.

Speaking of which, I would define the term "African-American" as a person who possesses dual citizenship. This term should not be used to refer to a black person living in America. This would simply be an American who happens to be black. Unless this person was born in Africa, immigrated to America, then renounced his African citizenship. He could at this point be properly referred to as an American African, if he so desired.

Things become more complicated with the term Hispanic-American, as "Hispania" is not a country I know of. I suppose anyone of Latin American heritage can properly be called Latino or Latina, gender respective, of course.

I assume "Latino" is meant to describe someone from Latin America. This is a huge generalization, for "Latin America" describes the regions of the Americas where the Latin-derived romance languages are spoken.

No one seems to use the term "North American", which in America refers to the United States and Canada. To the rest of the world, North America is comprised of 23 countries and includes Mexico, Central America, Greenland, and the Caribbean countries.

I assume that "Mexican-American" has fallen out of popularity, or is considered demeaning to Central American-Americans (Guatemalan-Americans, Honduran-Americans, Costa Rican-Americans, Nicaraguan-Americans, Panamanian-Americans, El Salvadorian-Americans, and Belizean-Americans).

Remember, these categories only include people born in Central America and have migrated to North America, and are not to be confused with Meso-America, which is the region from central Mexico to Nicaragua and origin of pre-Colombian civilization. I am not aware of any sub-category with regards to legal immigration, but any legitimate use of the suffix "-American" would require citizenship.

Since we all are supposed to be equals, why is it necessary to quantify which type of American you are? As I am a person of "no color", I feel left out of the national categorization frenzy. "American-American" seems a bit redundant, so I am stuck with just being American.

I suppose that I could resort to European-American, which also sounds redundant. More accurate would be Eastern European-American, or Hungarian-American, which is precise and also rhymes a bit.

But this would be silly, since my family immigrated to this country in the late 1700's, and I was born in Houston ten generations later. Personally, I prefer the term "Texan", but "American" is also completely acceptable. And much less confusing than all that other crap.

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