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Why are American citizens in the United States put into groups like African Americans, Latin Americans, Hispanic Americans, etc?

Why can't we all just be Americans? To me this makes dividing and separating us worse. We are all people and Americans. White people aren't called European Americans. It's completely dumb to me to separate us like this.

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That's a good point to bring up. My history teacher mentioned this once, saying it was ridiculous how politicians make comments frequently like "women voters" or "Hispanic voters" as if they all vote the same. I suppose it's just easier to group people. Of course we would all be more united if we weren't grouped, but truthfully there are some differences between the groups that shouldn't exist. This nation is not 100% equal. For example, only 20% of the US senate is women, when it should be much closer to 50 if we were all TRULY equal. We have not had a female president, and out of 44 presidents, only one is not white. In almost all careers, women can expect to earn less than men- and the statistics are even worse with minority women. This isn't made up, it's real. Some people make a bigger deal out of discrimination than there actually is, while some people like to downplay it and act like it doesn't exist anymore.

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It definitely exists, always has and always will. I believe politicians utilize the separations and groupings for political gain. I mean Obama is a master at pitting us against each other. With his "pay their fair share" crap as well as fear monger people so they believe Republicans are all white, racist, woman haters who also hate the elderly and poor. Then we have people like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity that further this with their daily commentary bashing liberals and the liberal politicians. Using words like "feminazi".
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For the record I'm not a democrat and no longer a republican. Both parties suck and divide us.
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As much as 90% of republicans are white. Democrats tend to be better for women. That doesn't mean all republicans are women haters, but there are more republican women haters than there are democrat women haters. Democrats tend to advocate better things for women than republicans. Democrats are in favor of helping the poor, while republicans are in favor of having them do everything on their own. That's the nice way of saying it. In other words, democrats think we all have entitlements and should be taken care of, while republicans are cold hearted and think poor people are lazy good-for-nothings. Anyone can make the party sound worse than it is & twist things.
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Great answer MsStina!
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Thank you :)
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Oh yes, the same old illogical liberal rhetoric of democrats help the elderly, poor and love women. Republicans hate women, minorities, education and the poor. Here is a fun statistic for you. Liberals make 10% more on average than conservatives. Yet, conservatives donate more to charities. It is disturbing, sad and irritating how brainwashed people have become. There is not much hope left for this country with all the brainwashed, uninformed and government educated people that are around. Liberals have progressively ruined this once great country.
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Perhaps liberals tend to earn more because they tend to be more educated.
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And perhaps conservatives donate more because they tend to be bible thumper's that are opposed to gay marriage, abortion, and want to push creationism in our schools.
Talk about brainwashing that's all Fox, Rush, Beck, the Drudge Report, and the rest of those hatemongers do."Government is evil, grab your gun the end is near" The problem with this nation are those on the extremes that think only their view of the world matters and everyone else is evil and trying to destroy America.
This nation has been pulled back and forth from side to side, but what keeps the US strong is staying in the middle of the road.
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Oh man we all know bible thumpers are so terrible. How dare we take a pro-life stance where we feel every developing human deserves to live. Your progressive and liberal idols have destroyed the education system. It's full of progressive and liberals brainwashing children.
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It amazes me how liberals preach tolerance and call conservatives intolerant. All the while they verbally bash and ridicule conservatives. Calling us racist, poor, elderly and women haters. Not to mention the lovely names you call Christians. Liberalism is a serious mental disease.
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Jeremy there's nothing wrong with bible thumpers, the problem arises when they try to force their values and religious doctrine on others through laws. A woman's body is her body, if two people want to marry and receive the same legal and financial benefits that entails we have no right to discriminate because of who they want to marry based on religion. That is the whole reason this nation was built on separation of church and state.
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You are claiming that liberals bash conservatives while you do the same to them, and you expect people to respect your opinion?
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^ good point caluvox. Jeremy, all you've been calling us is brainwashed, good for nothing liberals, and then you complain that we speak the truth about bigoted conservatives. Not all religious people and conservatives, just certain ones.
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I don't claim to be tolerant to liberals. Or nice to them for that matter. My point is many liberals I know as well as most of them in the media preach tolerance and boast how tolerant they are while verbally bashing conservatives. Calling them names, accusing them of being intolerant and full of hatred towards minorities, women, children, the poor, etc. Here is a great example of liberal hypocrisy at its greatest: The CEO of Chic-Fil-A said on a Christian radio program he believes in the biblical and traditional marriage between a man and women. The liberals and liberal media went crazy and lost their minds. Calling him anti-gay. Claiming he supports hate groups. Just totally verbally trashed the man. He didn't say one negative thing against gays. He didn't say they couldn't eat at his restaurants or work at them. He simply answered a question on marriage. While blasting him and calling him intolerant liberals were extremely rude and out of line. Thus, not tolerating somebody else's views. Liberals are only tolerant to people who agree with their twisted and immoral beliefs. Conservatives for the most part aren't receptive and tolerant to liberals.
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Third time trying to respond. I imagine that comment as well as this one will be removed because people are too sensitive and can't handle the opinion of someone who disagrees with them or calls them out on their own bs.
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Jeremy you are saying that liberals are mean nasty people and that's wrong, while at the same time saying it's ok for you to act that why. Again you have no credibility when you make statements like that. Everything you listed in your main comment as been done by conservatives toward liberals and for that matter more often.
If you want to bash liberals then just do it, but don't try and hide behind the notion that conservatives are angelic and wouldn't stoop to those levels because the fact is you are stooping to those levels. Btw are you like 12? if so then i could excuse your style of debate, if not then maybe you should think about the fact that someone thought you were.
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I'm not saying conservatives are angelic. I'm point out liberal hypocrisy. They preach tolerance and acceptance. I don't hear conservatives preaching it. I don't claim to be tolerant. You just want to turn or spin my comments to conservatives.
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I couldn't care less what others think or how old they think I am. I will never meet anyone on here and their opinions of me don't mean a thing.
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I'll freely admit I'm rude, harsh, mean and intolerant( to liberals). I'm far from perfect and have my fair share of faults. If I come across as a jerk so be it. I'm outspoken and brutally honest. I call it how I see it without a filter.
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I didn't know this.

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to keep it alive

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Because lot of people from other places or countries moved to the United States and now there's actually more Hispanic people,sample

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You have nailed upon an important point. Segregation such as this, continues to exist because the black and Hispanic races are convinced that if they are recognized as this certain nationality, then the racism will end. Instead, it simply further exacerbates the segregation problem. Its the same thing with the whole women's rights setup. The women's rights movement is a joke for this same reason, the radical feminists scream for equality, get that equality, and then refuse to just let the issue stand and stop talking about it afterward. Further exacerbating the problem, resulting in a host of far larger issues. It's a rather vicious circle that ties into the same vicious circle created by Liberalism. It shouldn't exist, but it does due to the actions of certain people within those movements.

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Well said. I wish I could give you more than one star. So many great points.
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thanks.
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Without liberalism, America wouldn't exist. At one point in time, equal rights, free speech, and democracy were all considered extremely liberal and radical.
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The definition of feminism is:
1.the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
Shouldn't EVERYONE be a feminist?
Preppy, by calling the women's rights movement a joke is like saying all that they've done is a joke. Women suffrage isn't a joke.
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Women's rights movement is a joke. Abortion has nothing to do with women, it deals with the developing human being. I'm all for women working, earning the same as men and earning management/high level positions. But if a women is pregnant and doesn't want the child but the man does, it's "her choice". That's not equal, that's giving only women the "choice". Doesn't a father have equal say about his child. If he wants to the child to be born and to raise it, why can't he cover the medical costs. When the baby is born the woman can give up her rights to the child if she chooses and the man gets to be a father. Yes the woman carries the baby, but men deserve a choice in being a parent.
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I doubt my comment will rationalize or sink in with a liberal feminist. They have their minds made up that men hate women and want to keep them down, especially republican men.
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What makes you think the women's rights movement is some organization all about getting abortions for women? They focus on EQUALITY. Abortion just happens to fall under that. Remember that pro choice is not pro abortion.
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Abortion has everything to do with women. The fetus grows within a woman, not a man. Her body, her choice.
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The father has equal say about his child. He doesn't have equal say over a fetus growing inside of another women. He owns his CHILD, not the woman or the fetus that's in HER body. He can't make her be pregnant if she doesn't want to be. He doesn't own her.
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Only sexists use the word "feminist" as an insult.
Refer back to the definition of a feminist. Nowhere does it say feminists hate men. But think about it- who else would be keeping down women? Are women discriminating against themselves? No, the only logical conclusion that can be made is that it is mostly men who are "keeping women down".
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I'll also add on that abortion is just as much of a religious problem as it is a women's rights one.
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Wow! Preppy you are way too sensitive to be on a Q&A debate site like this. The only time I ever have comments removed is on your answers. Just thought I'd point that out before you have this one removed as well.

MsStina Great points! But I wouldn't waste much typing, Ask will delete questions that receive to many "Report as" requests.
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Thanks Caluvox & I agree with you. I find it to be extremely offensive when people call the women's rights movement a joke. You may as well be calling women a joke. But you never see those comments being removed.
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Agreed! comments are only removed when a "Report as" message is sent, the conservatives on this site send alot more then do progressives. It would seem a good indicator of those that actually believe in the 1st amendment and those that only pretend to.
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Lol that's a great point! They like the 2nd amendment more than the 1st xD
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actually, caluv, I haven't ever flagged one of your comments
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Did I say feminist, I mean feminazi. That fetus may grow in a woman's body. But that fetus isn't her's or the father's. It owns its own developing body. Nobody has the right the determine whether it lives or not. Liberals who are for gun control and protecting children and the innocent don't even protect the most vulnerable child, the fetus. And it's not a CHOICE, it's a human life. It's sickening how so many people view a life of another as a choice. It's sick, disgusting, disturbing and immoral. So many people don't value the life of a fetus. Wonder why so many people today lack value for human life.
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I have lost much faith and respect for mankind. I don't think a wild animal mother to be would kill her own babies in the womb.
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And conservatives who want to protect fetuses don't do a blessed thing to help children already born and in fact, are all for removing safety nets.
Strictly speaking a fetus bears greatest resemblance to mistletoe.
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Jeremy, don't bother with them, they truly are hopeless, and while I admire your fervor, it is wasted upon them.
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I know preppy. They view the fetus as anything but a human life so they can justify "aborting their mistake".
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yes, it really is atrocious, but the liberal philosophy always condones changing things to suit one's personal interests, so it truly isn't surprising.
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I agree. The biggest amount if hypocrisy is liberal hypocrisy. If you don't agree with them you hate women, children, the elderly, the poor, education, minorities and gays. They are only tolerant when people share their immoral and disturbing beliefs. I will freely admit I'm not tolerant to liberals or liberalism period. I'm brutally honest and call it how I see it without a filter. I'm mean, harsh and rude. So I'm told from time to time. I just don't conform to political correctness and believe people should speak their minds as long as they are t threatening anyone.
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I tend to agree with you, and so I am often called such names by this particular stock. I pay them no heed, as they truly know nothing of me. What is interesting, is that they idolize people such as Margaret Sanger, a Eugenicist, Genocidal maniac. but claim that WE hate minorities. I mean seriously, Mrs. Sanger actually openly stated that her top goal in founding planned parenthood was the genocide of the Black, Slav, Jewish, and several other races. Yet they call US minority haters. I find it hilariously idiotic.
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Me too. They ignore how black conservatives are treated. That poor actress who was in clueless was treated horribly. They call Dr. Carson and Allen West traitors and verbally bash them. Do as they say not as they do. I'm so sick of liberals and their immoral beliefs and agendas.
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Well, they will reap what they sow in eventuality, they will receive their just desserts. Just as every other liberal throughout history has.
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Right on. Have a good one man and take care. Keep putting the truth out there!
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That's funny! Jesus's teachings were liberal not conservative.
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Humans have always wanted to label things so this also extends to the people and most labels are remnants of the countries past that was largely about segregation

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Because we group ourselves and allow others to do so. A third grade teacher had a great idea that I have copied ever since. Anything that asks my race I reply human. Anything that asks my nationality I reply American.

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I agree with that. We are all humans and people. Our religion, racial decent, sexual and political preferences should be kept out most things. I wish we all could just look at each other as people. I'm guilty myself. I'm terrible towards liberals, but I am working on it. I used to judge all Muslims because of the radical, extremist and terroristic Muslims. I have learned and taught myself there are good, respectful, moral and peaceful Muslims on our planet.
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I usually don't agree with you, but this one we do agree.
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Great advice!
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Whats wrong by being called by your nationality with American attached to it? Im mexican American, I dont think it defines, segregates, separates or makes me better or worse than any other America of any other race or religious faith.

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It does separate us. It separates us from being Americans to many groups of different Americans. So it would be okay for white people to call themselves Austrian-American, German-American, British-American and so on. Everybody in America except the Native Americans came from somewhere else. But if you live here and are a citizen you are an AMERICAN who's ancestry originates from other countries.
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Actually it doesnt separate us, what seperates us are small minded greedy people.
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Small minded greedy people? I hope you are referring to our politicians. Otherwise that is the same illogical liberal rhetoric against the rich.
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I agree w/ you Gus's
@Jeremy Doesn't defining ourselves as Americans segregate us as humans, though? Why is it okay to separate us as humans, but not as Americans..
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It has nothing to do with rich or poor liberal or other wise, there are plenty on every side who are small minded and greedy.
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Don't forget Anglo-Saxon, Italian and Scandanavian American. I know there are oodles more.

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As long as we keep track racial issues will continue to be present.

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