Let’s Drop the Hyphens

News from Nairobi, Kenya continues to be almost incomprehensible.  Scores of dead.  Men, women and children murdered by a gang of psychopaths trying to hide their innate evil behind the veil of the “Religion of Peace.”

Why?  Well it starts their process for the conquest of vast sections of east Africa.

Reports, particularly from British media, continue to identify a small number of the attackers involved in this outrage as “Americans” or “Somali-Americans.”  Apparently no matter how horrendous an event may be, the Progressive media, both at home and abroad, continue their effort to make all Americans feel guilty over something that was not their fault, was not done at their instigation, and as any rational person could see, were not acts that were committed by an American.

Let’s be more specific.  These “Americans” are not Americans in any sense of the word.  Calling them Somali-“HYPHEN”-Americans is not any better.  They obviously think of themselves as Somalis, and not Americans at all.  These people did not move to Minnesota to pursue the American dream.  They asked for asylum in the United State because they didn’t have the firepower available to them to counter other gangs of Somali thugs in Somalia.  Once offered bigger and better (i.e., more deadly) weapons, and a chance to return to Somalia to settle old scores, they traveled back across half the world, picked up their new guns, and cut loose with all the ammunition that they could carry.

No, they are not Somali-Americans, they are Somalis. Period. The hyphen in their group identity label (and that’s all it is, a label) indicates that they are not American.  Their language, culture, resistance to integrating into American society and their refusal to exchange the cultural norms of their nation of birth for the culture of the United States exposes the fantasy that the media is attempting to foist off upon all of us that somehow America is partially responsible for the tragedy in Kenya.

The left wants us to feel responsible, they want us to feel guilty, they want us to wring our hands and beg forgiveness with thoughts of “How could Americans have done this horrible thing?”  Oh, and as long as we’re wringing our hands, let’s change our foreign policies, adjust our immigration quotas for those who claim that they need asylum from Islamist/Jihadi terrorists.

See, now everything is better, isn’t it?

And let’s not forget the nearly simultaneous attack in Pakistan, our “ally” on the Indian subcontinent.  It’s easy to forget since the media hasn’t found a way to connect it to Americans in some way, other than the fact that the victims were Christians, and after all, American churches have spent hundreds of years sending missionaries out among the heathen to convert them to Christianity.  Yeah, that means the slaughter of 81 worshipers at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan must be laid at our feet as well.  Of course it does, even if there were no Pakistani-Americans directly involved in the atrocity.  Perhaps the left could play upon the fact that it was Pakistani-Americans who sent money “home” to pay for the explosives that were used to kill those 81 Bible-clinging Christians.  That wouldn’t be a real stretch for the leftist press.  After all, the shooter who perpetrated the shooting of twelve at the Navy base in Washington had at least one AR-15. According to CNN it was an AR-15 shotgun!  So it shouldn’t require the efforts of a genius to come up with similar nonsense.

Of course, if the MSM does have a problem, they can always call on Paul Krugman or Robert Reich for assistance.

But the main problem is the use of group identity labels that contains a hyphen.  When the term Somali-Americans is not shortened to “Somalis” but rather to just “Americans”, then our nation is subjected to slanders of the worst kind.  When those hyphenated labels are applied to Italian-Americans, those who are grouped with that label are not, in their own minds, Italians.  They may be of Italian descent, but they are third and fourth generation Americans.

Recent immigrants, especially those who did not apply for admission to the United States except as asylum seekers should never be referred to as “Whatever-Americans.”  They did not come here because they wanted to become Americans.  They came here to escape from something, real or imagined, in their respective countries of origin.  Perhaps their children, or more likely grandchildren, can be class labeled as “Americans of Somali descent” but the first generation immigrants are not, and will never actually be,  Americans.

Being an American involves more than passing a citizenship test and living within U.S. borders for a period of time.  Being an American means accepting the culture and behavioral norms of America and of other Americans.  It means at least trying to be racially, religiously and politically tolerant of others.  It also means not being “hyphenated.”



About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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2 Responses to Let’s Drop the Hyphens

  1. Pete Morin says:

    Hyphenating is the means that Progressives use to separate people, not unite them. Al Gore expressed this perfectly when he interpreted E pluribus Unum to mean “from one, many”, rather than the correct meaning of “from many, one.”

    Hyphenating allows Progressives to identify aggrieved groups and apportion the necessary funds from the victimizers to the victims. It’s the creation of a new class system whereby the redistribution of wealth to the victims becomes possible. In the liberal mind, if you’re poor you must have always been poor, and will forever be poor. Conversely, if you’re rich you’ve always been rich( mainly on the backs of the poor) and your ill gotten gains must be redistributed.

    One of the most insidious terms used by Progressives are the words “people of color.” This affords the well intentioned, high minded liberals to completely cast all whites as lesser human beings. After all, what is white, but having no descriptive quality, not even that of a color.

    Strange that Progressivism would decry its nations accomplishments rather than celebrate them. Strange that we would not understand the danger of Balkanization, but would rather honor it. To those of us who understand the deleterious effects of such thinking, we are witness to the last, best hope on earth fading away.

    • Jim Yardley says:

      Progressives always put people in groups, Pete. There sort of like that Peanuts character who said “I love mankind, it’s people I can’t stand.” They like to direct people, but with Progressives, conversations are always one way. They never listen, and so they never learn. Like teenagers, they think that they already know it all.

      I wrote another article about this subject about a year and a half ago that might give you a chuckle, and a little more ammo to use against Progressives who cross your path.

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