After reading some of the topics here, I have to make a rather bold statement:
Everyone says they want equal rights, but this country has never been more divided!
Let's see, we have African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans (not to be confused with Cuban-Americans) Gay-Americans, Black-Americans (obviously, not the same as "African-Americans") and so on and so on ad nauseum! Oh yeah, we even have a few "Americans" who aren't hyphenated!
Folks, until we drop the differentiations, there will never
be equality in this country.
African-Americans in this country want equality but demand Affirmative Action that tips the playing field in their favor? You want equality, deal with me equally - based on merit
, not some government-sanctioned quota!
Gay-Americans want equality but constantly separate themselves through Gay Pride Days or Gay Pride Marches. I don't flaunt my heterosexuality in your face, why do you insist on thrusting (pun intended
) your agenda in mine?
Hispanic-Americans and Cuban-Americans (no, they are not
one and the same) want equality but insist, if I am to live in South Florida (Miami, specifically) I have to learn Spanish to get a job or enroll my children in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (and yes, I have actually been told that to my face by an official of a County Public School).
While the intent of this post is not to divide, it is to bring to light the fact that equality will never
be achieved with separation. By defining one's self as "xxx-American", you automatically create division.
It isn't like this in other countries, so why scream about wanting equality, while at the same time distancing yourself from equal footing as a plain, simple American, by hyphenating your heritage. Save the Indians who lived here originally, we are non of us, true Americans. We are a mixture of races and cultures that have blended together to become one people - Americans. I am a native born American - not an Anglo-American or any other such designation - just plain American and proud of it! Why can't other groups be satisfied with the same and work towards TRUE equality?
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(