Native American vs. Native American?

During one of my excessively long drives to work from home or to home from work (it just seems like it is just one long commute these days), I noticed a license plate for a pioneer Colorado resident (must be a very old resident since Colorado became a state in 1876). And, that got me to thinking about how much race is still implied as important by the government.

At the end of nearly every job application, there is a page that is to be completed on a voluntary basis and refers to Equal Opportunity Employer status. There are usually two or three questions:

What is your sex?

What is your race?

Are you a veteran?

Regarding the question of sex, I wonder how much longer this question will be limited to either MALE or FEMALE. As the transgender era progresses (thanks in large part to the liberal movement), are there going to be additional categories that reflect neither sex or a combination of both? I usually decline to answer this question. Why should it matter of which sex I am in determination to be hired for a position?

The question on whether the applicant is a veteran is not on all applications. Since I did not serve in the military, I answer no. I see no problems here.

And then, the question of race. This question was once vital in the Civil Rights movement to be certain that selected races were not prevented from being hired based solely on race. Unfortunately, it has been overly used in recent years. Once upon a time, the question of race was very simple. Either the applicant was White or Black. These days the categories include: Caucasian (White or of European descent), African-American (Black), Hispanic, Native American, Asian/Indian subcontinent, Pacific Islander, and Two or More Races. Why is it so important to track the race of job applicants?

And what is really meant by Native American? I remember the race it used to represent…the American Indian. However, it is not politically correct to call this group Indian so let’s call them Native Americans although there is documented proof that Native Americans actually transcended from Asia. So if the Native Americans are not truly from America, then what should we call them? Hmm?

In my opinion, the racial questionnaire has outlived its usefulness. The world we currently live in is too hypersensitive to offending any one person. It is truly ridiculous! Everything can be considered racism. Please…

I was born in Iowa and not in Europe. Why am I expected to state that my race is Caucasian, or of European descent? I am an Iowan. There are millions of people who are native Iowans. Think about that…I am a native Iowan. Wouldn’t it follow that if I was born in Iowa, and Iowa is one of the 50 United States of America and on the North American continent, that I am also a Native American? I was not born in Germany, England, or Spain.

And why must we, our society, dictate that anyone that has dark-colored skin (Black or Brown) must be African-American. Was this American citizen actually born in Africa? Does every person born in Africa have dark-colored skin? The answer is quite obviously no. There are many different races located on the African continent and always has been. The Egyptians can not be considered the same race as those from the Congo region or those from the South African region. They are all different races.

And how would an individual who was born in Europe who has dark skin be labeled? Would they be an African-Norwegian? an African-Italian? an African-Spaniard? It is utterly mind-numbing how bad political correctness has become.

And the worse of all are the Mexican-Americans. Wait, what? Isn’t that obvious? Isn’t everyone who was born on North America or South America to be considered as Americans. Political Correctness is very silly indeed.

Now, a new race is being cultivated within the United States, thanks in large part to the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. That new class includes undocumented workers…in simple terms, men and women, boys and girls, who have crossed the border of another country without written permission (a Visa, a Green Card, a Passport). You know, the most dreadful and politically incorrect word of them all! The “I” word.

There are many people who are proud to express from which state they had grown up: Colorado, Iowa, and Texas. It only follows that these natives ought not be afraid to offend others when they claim to be Native Americans. If I were asked, what country are you native to? I would be glad to say the United States of America…a Native American.

All citizens of the United States are Americans. All born on U.S. soil are called Americans. We are native to the United States of America. This nation was once known as the “Great Melting Pot”, “The Great Experiment”. And now the political correct are trying to return this great nation into a segregated lot of populations…returning us back to a period before the Civil Rights movement. While it is important to remember and be proud of one’s heritage, it is not the government’s job to force one’s heritage upon another group. Instead, the people who choose to become a member of this great nation legally must choose to assimilate with the American population…and become one race. The race known as American.

Article by John Coder

Posted November 3, 2014

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