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What makes American, American?
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Posted 6/2/08

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ok.... i hate it when people call themselves american(i mean american as in people from north and south america... not usa).... while theyre not.... i mean.. from what i know they are not real american citizens.... the real ones are the native americans that were conquered by their ancestors.. so what makes those people think that theyre american?... because theyre born in america?...


Native Americans aren't more "real" American than the rest of us who live in the Americas, since the land wasn't even called "America" until Europeans arrived. They can't be citizens of a nation that didn't exist. So everyone who was born in the Americas after it became know as America can be considered an American citizen.

Also, if you lived in a fascist or Nazi-controlled state, you'd probably in jail or dead just for making that post.
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if you're from america, you're american...it's simple!

this isn't a simple argument is it?...shoot...*ahem*

well, i'm from asia so i'm asian!

south americans are americans...just dropping "south" or you call them native americans...got no idea




DO WE NEED TO LABEL PEOPLE!?!?! we're not in a supermarket =.= it's not like we need to segragate every citizen of the world.........
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23 / F / PLANET FIERCE BABY!
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Posted 6/2/08
our stupidity makes us america...gas prices...food prices...too many people...cutting down trees to make room for more people...we're just killing our selves...
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Posted 6/2/08
Jus Soli -Born in United States
Naturalization- legal process of becoming a citizen

PS
"American" is not a RACE. Caucasian IS A RACE.
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Posted 6/23/08
I'm Cherokee sooooo........Yeah Thnx for teh Trail Of Tears....yeah....REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!! But seriously anyone can be American, and I'm open hearted about it, If you wanna be American than by all means...BUT DO IT LEGALLY!!!!!
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Posted 6/23/08
It is really sad when a nation does not have any culture of its own. But before I go on that rant. I consider American to be those who are in the States. The only reason is because many of the south and central american countries refer to themselves by nationality.

Anyway back to my rant, to be honest I cannot blame America for not having any kind of culture of its own. First off we are a very young country, being a little over 230 years old. I think culture should have started to take shape but alas we suck. But then again most cultures are started by a group of people coming together and agreeing upon certian things.

We as a nation choose to think everything is the right way, which is good to a degree. We choose to show our respect for other cultures by embracing their customs, instead of making our own. I believe it is fine that we respect other cultures and customs from around the world. But we do not have to care about them so much. I guess there needs to be a point where we say "Yeah that is nice, but we have our own way of doing things here".

Finally, what makes an American? Sorry but I can only say being born into America can make you an American. It is kind of like how you can not really be British or German or Indian or Japanese just by moving to a country. Deep down inside you are your country of origin, and will not ever be able to escape that, only your spawn will be able too.
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Posted 6/23/08
If the government says you're American, YOU ARE. No fkin' questions asked
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29 / M / California
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Posted 6/23/08
ok if none of you notice anything i mean come on you learn this in school people.
you say what makes American, American. well what make a japanese, japanese
better yet what makes a person a citizen of country? thats what you should've asked.
Now to answer your question everybody should pay attention.

What makes an american, american It's where your born. you aint following me are you?
when a baby is born and where that baby is born gives that baby citizenship that country.
Now if one the parents is not from that country then the baby will have what we call "DUAL"
citizen. So what makes american american it's where your Born period point blank.
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Posted 6/27/08
well it ain't the hot dogs!!!!

no actually, in my opinion, in order to be an American, you just gotta love the americas. Everyone in South, central, and north america is american, and not just because they're from there, no, it's because they love their homeland. and ehat the heck, even if you're italian or persian, if you love the americas, then, consider yourself an american. eat all the american hot dogs you want, but if you ain't liking America, you ain't evr gonna be one american
:)
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Posted 8/15/08
paranoia, underline racism and money

^^just a joke, don't really agree with it^^
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26 / F / England
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America is historically a nation of immigrants who unified themselves together using the sense of 'americanism' by americanism i would mean for example the pledging of allegiance to the flag gives them a sense of social solidarity.
When i think about americans i get an image of a loud, 'we are the best' kind of person who speaks english but spells it wrong.
But i think the 'American' people I know are all lovely people so I wouldn't want to generalise.
Posted 1/12/09
the way they speak
the gangstalicious mode
the way they're upholding themselves
the racist way of themselves

nuff said
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27 / M / Belgium
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Posted 1/12/09
the white socks on vacation
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M / America, Fuck Yeah.
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Posted 1/12/09
Being an American means being a total fucking winner.

And having the right to complain about shit.

And having the right to do watchoo want.

And having the opportunity to succeed.

Alot of people focus on the stupid Americans in this country. Well, there are idiots in every country. The media has brainwashed all of you children on CR into thinking America is some dumb shit hole. Well what about all the victories? The success?

The winners.
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An American is pretty much anyone around the world who came to the United States and is a legal citizen.
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