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  1. #1 Your heritage. 
    Forum Freshman Anna_Marie's Avatar
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    Most Americans are basically mutts. Our ancestral lineage breaks off into diffierent branches. I myself am mostly English Irish and cherokee. I'm curious to know the ethnic backgrounds of other Americans who share this forum.

    And to all of you NonAmericans, I am very interested as to how you look upon your own heritage. It seems that many if not most people associate their personal idintity very strongly with their ethinic origins. But this is sometimes kind of difficult or confusing for Americans because our origins are so intermixed. Its not that I am not proud of my country its just that I do in fact feel like a mixed breed or a nonpureblood. If you are say, Italian or Spanish or Japanese and you were born and raised in the country of your ethnicity than you pretty much have a direct link to your ancestral roots. But for me I sometimes kind of feel like a generic brand.

    Any thought on this? Or am I just being stupid?


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    my ancestry falls back to Roman times, everything from then is English.
    So my ancestors came from Italy


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    English ma'am, though one of my great grandfathers was German and his wife French, their two sons (one my grandad) both declined the 'invitation' to take part in the first world war, a fact for which I am grateful, had they done so I probably would not be here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anna_Marie
    Most Americans are basically mutts. Our ancestral lineage breaks off into diffierent branches. I myself am mostly English Irish and cherokee. I'm curious to know the ethnic backgrounds of other Americans who share this forum.

    And to all of you NonAmericans, I am very interested as to how you look upon your own heritage. It seems that many if not most people associate their personal idintity very strongly with their ethinic origins. But this is sometimes kind of difficult or confusing for Americans because our origins are so intermixed. Its not that I am not proud of my country its just that I do in fact feel like a mixed breed or a nonpureblood. If you are say, Italian or Spanish or Japanese and you were born and raised in the country of your ethnicity than you pretty much have a direct link to your ancestral roots. But for me I sometimes kind of feel like a generic brand.

    Any thought on this? Or am I just being stupid?
    There is no reason to feel generic and there is nothing to be ashamed of.

    I am of German and Native American heritage. Yet, for the most part, I identify with neither. And here is why:

    We Americans are descendents from a proud line of "Colonial Blood" Our forefathers were just crazy enough and ballsy enough to break away from everything they knew and venture to a new untamed continent to build a new world. I know for a fact that there are many of frontiersmen in my family tree. So for good or for bad, there is no arguing the fact that we have forged a unique history for ourselves.

    Beyond that, ones character should be determined by there actions alone not by there ethnic backgrounds.
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    -scandanavian/german
    -but i idntify myself as Canadian 8)
    period
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    its always nice to see National Pride, regardless of origin. always hold that Kolt...

    Anna, as said, we are American. born here or naturalized, once that oath or birth is recorded, thats what the person is. maybe mutts, but personally i no of no purebred races. maybe some in remote African tribes but even then questionable. Genetically speaking.
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    Anna thinks that she might possibly be wrong to be influenced by her diverse heritage, but it is normal to be driven by the question of origins. It is normal for everyone to want to know where they came from. When you come from a minority group or more than one group, the tendency is naturally to feel "different." There are people who are supremesists and who try to put down that feeling and make others feel inferior because of it.

    They are destructive. Myself, I like to see people who are a race mixture. I think that race-mixing is heading us towards, ultimately, a single race. Small children of mixed race marriages are especially attractive to me.

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    Well i was born in Australia. I have German, Scottish and Welsh blood in me but consider myself to be English even though i am British.
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