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Old 01-25-2009, 12:00 PM   #106
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I dont like how people use the term African American, why not just American ?
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:12 PM   #107
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Merge...

I don't understand why some believe their posts are somehow better than those in the exisiting thread so theirs deserves a thread of their own...
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:25 PM   #108
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I dont like how people use the term African American, why not just American ?
How about when you're American, you can say something about it?
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:37 PM   #109
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If we only want Americans writing about American issues, then we might as well close this entire forum down.
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:03 PM   #110
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I was a little feisty this morning.
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:27 PM   #111
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I dont like how people use the term African American, why not just American ?
I think generally it is best to leave it up to individual people as to how they self-identify. What's it to you?

I identify myself by my nationality (Canadian), but oftentimes, people will prompt me further with a "but where are you from" in which case I'll happily tell them my ethnicity, which is different. At the same time I have friends who are Canadian-born who will nevertheless say they are Jamaican or Indian, or whatever if asked. Why should that bother me?
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:23 PM   #112
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I think generally it is best to leave it up to individual people as to how they self-identify. What's it to you?
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:24 PM   #113
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I did not vote for Obama nor did I want to vote for John McCain.
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I didn't vote for President Obama and I wasn't thrilled about voting for John McCain.

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It just seems race is being brought to the forefront when it shouldn't be. President Obama earned his chance to be President and I don't think his race should be brought up at all...if race shouldn't be an issue.
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But I find the race card a ridiculous one to be played in the current climate we find ourselves in in America - and any other climate quite frankly.
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Not so much a thought as a question: why create an alter just to post the same thing over again?
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:30 AM   #114
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Most of us are posting behind alters
very few of us use our real names

why that person may have created a new screen name to post?

that is simple, he or she wanted to have a discussion without being personally attacked

it appears not to have worked.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:46 AM   #115
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The overall theme however was to end the race discussion, however unsuccessful the attempt may have been.
The problem is the theme of your post was about race. If you want to discuss his policies, do it. Find a thread already discussing a policy or policies you are interested in, or if no thread has been started (check through a page or two of posts in FYM) on what you consider an interesting policy, start a thread of your own. You can start you thread with "I like/dislike/am hopeful about/am worried about/don't understand/etc., etc., Obama's policy regarding ________ ..." and then just start discussing. I don't know any regular poster here who will reply to your post with "Well I think the Obama -- the African-American president -- policy is ..." or "Well, Obama, as the first African-American US president, will do ..." So jump in and discuss his policies and ideas. If you don't focus on his race, no one else will either.

Make no mistake though, a person of a race other than caucasian* and especially of a race that within the lifespan of millions of Americans (including myself) was not only forcibly segregated -- in education, in restaurants, on buses, in hotels, even at drinking fountains and restrooms -- but also denied a vote in many states, being elected President of the United States is a BIG DEAL. It's only natural that people celebrate it and the inauguration and the time leading up to the inauguration are the logical times to do it. If you don't understand why it's a big deal I contend the people who were supposed to be teaching you US history have done a piss poor job.

* and lets face it -- if the vast majority of people in this country saw him on the street and didn't know who he was they would say he was black/African-American, not mixed race.
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