'Merica

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM By: Faust

Funny stuff everywhere.
I got into an arguement with a family member the other day about the word "America."
I was talking to this girl at work who is from Mexico and I asked her how long she has lived in America.
"All my life," she responded
"But I thought that you were from Mexico?"
"I am. Mexico is part of America."
That shut my mouth right there.
We are so used to people calling out amazing country "America" that we forget that there a a few words that come before the A-word.
So, I was telling a family member aboot the convo that I had had at work and they told me that the Mexican girl was wrong by saying that she is from America.
It was really irritating, especially since I have always thought of this family member as being an educated and open minded person. I told them that people from Canada would probably also consider themselves Americans, too. As well as someone from fuckin Venezuala or Columbia and what not.
Are we so arrogant that we can not accept that people from these other countries can consider them selves Americans just like we are? Aren't we as citezens of the U.S.A. supposed to be accepting of people from all walks of life, even if they are of a different color or nationality or religion or whatever else a person can be?
I am a proud citezen of the United States of America, and I am proud to be connected to Mexico and Canada, as well as all our cousins in South and Central America. We are the New World. Why don't we act like it?

  1. JuBes avatar

    On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM, JuBes said:

    Being "American" is generally only associated with the USA because its pretty much the only way to say what you are when your from the USA. You cant say "I'm a United States of American" Pretty much the only thing you can says is that "I am a citizen of The United States of America"

    I'm Canadian, and this goes with every single one I have ever met, we call people from the USA Americans, and people from other countries in the Americas are titled to their respective countries.

    If a person wishes to be technical, people from Europe are Europeans and Asians from Asia, etc, Than Canadians and People from the States are North Americans

    This is a huge discussion that can go on forever about society and citizenship and yadda yadda yadda, but I dont wanna get into, just tossing in my few cents.

    Perhaps the USA should have figured out a different name back in the day? :P

  2. cdu avatar

    On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM, cdu said:

    US of A
    US of A
    US of A!

  3. jayjay avatar

    On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM, jayjay said:

    She was right mate, Mexico is part of the Americas?

  4. eva avatar

    On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 6:33 PM, eva said:

    I have MANY friends that are Mexicans, whose parents are straight outta Mexico, but when I think "America", I think the US of A. If America meant all of North America, then America would also mean South America. America would also mean Canada. I don't know if Canadians call their country "America", but something about that doesn't click.

  5. Twisted Transistor avatar

    On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM, Twisted Transistor said:

    I have no problem with Mexicans or any other nationality that comes over to the US to claim it as their own. I greet with an open mind, because I am aware how other countries suppress their people and live in immense poverty; however, the problem I have, which I have learned at the forefront of it, because of where I live I am the only Native American in my apartment complex.
    Throughout the past two years, these people have degraded me from three different nationalities, Nigerian, Korean, and Indonesian people. Most are rude people, thinking we owe them something, and look at you as if you do not belong here. I, truthfully, do not like too many of them from my experience thus so far, but I am not going to blame them (not their fault they are here) or hold resentment, because it not healthy. Besides, it does not matter where you are from-USA or anywhere else, there will always be that urge to say ‘reject send to maker,’ because of selfishness, greed, hate, weakness, or the value of life. No lie, look at the world we live in, it is almost fearful to go inside.

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