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All Americans
By PC Marks
Sunday, March 09, 2008

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A question was posed on Helium asking "Can't African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, etc., just be called Americans?"

Below was my response to the question. I ranked number 3 out of 76 writers.

Separation of Americans into groups allows racism to continue. Stereotypes continue to grow. The American is Lazy, The African American is ghetto, The Hispanic American, will do any job,' to name a few. As much as we would like to call America the home of the free, the land of the brave, we are anything but. We are a racist country continuously whining about me, me, and me!

The days of flaunting racism hiding behind the white sheet burning crosses or raising the power fist are not in the open. This type of behavior is low key these days. It's happening with cleverness from all races.

Two examples of major American catastrophes clearly show the division of Americans is as follows:

1. Hurricane Katrina ranked as the fifth deadliest hurricane in the history of the United States. The largest hurricane on record to make landfall devastating Louisiana. Mississippi and Alabama were devastated as well. Focus remained on the impoverished American citizen in New Orleans, Louisiana.

During Hurricane Katrina a recorded 1836 black and white Americans lost their lives. These American's were referred to as refugees. The definition for refugee is a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution.

2. Recently an affluent California neighborhood outside of Los Angeles is set a blaze. The fires forced 640,000 Americans from their homes last week in the biggest evacuation in California's history. Not once were John Travolta and the likes black and white referred to as a refugee.

Another example of the racist reasons for branding Americans is online job applicants and that rare breed that still applies for a position in person are asked their nationality. There's a disclaimer that reads, "This is voluntary, and not completing this will not hinder your chances of employment." If it's that insignificant why is it asked? The disclaimer goes on to say, "This is for government record tracking." Why does the government need to know how many races of each nationality employed?

So not only will there be the African, Hispanic, Asian, American Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander. Other' will be moved down and there will be specifics such as Haitian, Mexican and so forth American.

Wouldn't it be easier to remove the box all together and just be proud Americans?

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