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    So far, Muslims have their greatest victory over us by making us shift into defensive living with regard to them. We tread with fear of "offending" them, of inciting world-wide riots by Muslims against us, and of always trying to curry favor with irrationalists. We used to go about life, guided by our own thoughts and desires, and no defensiveness. It is our fault that we let them dominate our behavior. STOP IT! Americans do not live defensively! Let savages fear us!


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Wednesday, 09 August 2006



Mr Mason
People of color generally prefer to be referred to as 'afro-Americans', and less frequently, 'blacks'. If that is what the like, why not give it to them? If it doesn't create good-will, at least it is not provocative...all other things being equal, why provoke?


To Sonnyboy,

"People of color" to my understanding means anyone not Caucasian and white-skinned. That leaves an enormous number of people who qualify under that rubric. Do you mean "Negro descendents" with your use of the term?

I am not trying to nitpick, but I do want to make my perspective clear. E.g., I have no trouble being called a "white," or for that matter a "gringo" or "honky" or "whitey" or all the other terms. Reciprocally, I have no trouble using the terms "blacks" or "Negro." To me, these kinds of terms are verbal means of distinguishing members of groups, and only for purposes of focusing thinking. Other that that, I can leave those terms to the academics who study people grouped by race.

What I have real trouble with is the term "afro-American" or "African-American." Such hyphenated terms cut across my grain. Why? I cannot subscribe to subdividing Americans into tribal-like groups by hyphenating them. I prefer "Americans," and by that I include all Americans who just might be "people of color," whatever the color. To me, calling somebody by a hyphenated term when he or she is simply an "American" is provocative. I like that term "melting pot" for America.

By the way, I have a number of contemporary heroes and others whom I admire, who happen to be black. Not a one of these prominent Americans wants to be called "African-American." I have also met a number of true Africans who happen to be black, and they hate that term "African-American" as well.

I really appreciate your bringing this subject up because it gives me an opportunity to clarify myself. And, I hope that is what I have done with you.

Thank you.

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