Hy­phen­ated Amer­i­cans

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 6 let­ter “Happy 234th birth­day, Amer­ica.”

I’d like to ask the reader who the “we” are that “united un­der God” in 1776?

Is he talk­ing about all the African Amer­i­cans brought here as slaves? I’m sure they felt in­cluded in the “great ex­per­i­ment.”

What about the Na­tive Amer­i­cans (the ones who weren’t killed by the good Chris­tians) who were pushed off their lands.

He’s right when he says we wel­comed ’em all — Ir­ish, Por­tuguese, Ital­ian and Chi­nese, men, women and chil­dren — to be ex­ploited, work­ing long hours for next to noth­ing un­der the most bar­baric con­di­tions.

Amer­i­cans are hy­phen­ated be­cause so called “real” Amer­i­cans re­minded them of the dif­fer­ences with the slurs they di­rected at them.

Now the reader wants us to “re­unite” as “one nation, one Amer­ica.” We don’t seem to have been real united to be­gin with. RobERt El­liott


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