I’m not a politically correct person and I never will be. I believe in calling things what they actually are, not something contrived. I’ve been accused of being a racist and a bigot at times. It’s not true, of course, and I don’t care. I’m not running for public office.
The politically correct phrase that irritates me the most is “Native American”. It comes in just above “African-American” on my hate list of politically correct terms. Every hyphenated or non-hyphenated term ending in “American” is on my list when it isn’t used correctly.
“American Indian” is what “Native Americans” used to be called. Neither term is correct. The correct term is the tribal name such as Apache, Cherokee and Navajo.
The word “native” means being born in a particular place or country. The word “American” specifically applies to people living in the United States of America. It’s the only country with “America” in its title.
I’m a native American because I was born in the United States of America. I have some percentage of “Native American” blood on my mother’s side, but she never knew what particular tribe it was because her father (my grandfather) left her mother when my mother was still young.
When my younger siblings looked for him decades later, they found out he was living on a reservation in Oklahoma. I never asked them which tribe it was because I didn’t care.
Unlike Senator Warren, I’ve never tried to use my heritage to get ahead in life. I’ve always listed myself as “Caucasian” when I’ve been required to name my race. I don’t care if my DNA says otherwise. I look like a white guy and that’s all that counts.
How many Negros living in the United States are immigrants from the African continent? That’s what the hyphen means. If it really means their ancestors did, then I should be called a “European-American” since my father’s side of the family originated in Scotland or Ireland.
What is so wrong with being called white or Caucasian? What is so wrong with being called black or Negro? Are people so ashamed of what they are that they have to invent names?
By: RT Cunningham
February 9, 2017
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