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Old 03-26-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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90% of the ones I've asked, they simply just don't know and reply "White" this is all they know. Is it lacking culture in these states? What is the cause of this identity confusion?
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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Uhhh, they are American. Where is the confusion?
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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Uhhh, they are American. Where is the confusion?

LOL, my point.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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I'm not White.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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Southerners have longer roots in America than people in the northeast, who came off the boat after at a later time.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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I was thinking about European immigration and how the South didn't get much of that during the 1800's/1900's, but it seemed like the agenda from the start was to slam the South so I didn't even think it was worth a reasoned response. Plus, their nationality really IS American. If the question is about the roots of their ancestors in the Old World, then that's what should have been asked.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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Yeah, they do know, and they ARE American, just as anyone who was born in the US is. It is quite important where you come from, but after several generations it becomes less clear.
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:07 PM
 
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90% of the ones I've asked, they simply just don't know and reply "White" this is all they know. Is it lacking culture in these states? What is the cause of this identity confusion?
I've been asking that question to people since I was in middle school and I hardly ever hear "White" The most common responses I get are Irish & Cherokee, and then I hear English & German less frequently. The Irish is actually Scotch-Irish for most Southerners, but a lot of people don't know the difference, and I doubt that that many people actually have Cherokee blood, but still, I never get simply "White"

And as for Black Southerners, they're more likely to respond that they have simply "white" somewhere down the line. They usually also say they have some Native American too.

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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I've been asking that question to people since I was in middle school and I hardly ever hear "White" The most common responses I get are Irish & Cherokee, and then I hear English & German less frequently.
I am wondering what drew all those people who were born in Ireland, England or Germany to move to the southern U.S. Do they say if their move was permanent or temporary?
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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^ we're talking about ethnicity/heritage. "Nationality" isn't the correct word to use but we all knew what the OP meant
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