Thursday, 31 May 2007
The issue, and even the concept of race and heritage, is incredibly muddled in the US. You can go about explaining it away—theres more than enough to debate about the generation-lasting psychological effects of a diverse set of immigrants driving out a population and setting in often unfriendly terrain. That’s not to mention putting slavery in the mix. But however interesting the causes of why people in the states often claim their distant heritages as their own may be, the fact of the matter is that this is one trait that unites the United States. African-Americans, Irish-Americans, Japanese-, Asian-, Hispanic-Americans, the hyphenated list goes on and on. What this seems to point to is a drive to identify and distinguish yourself within a larger group, combined with a search for individuality.