Does the historical fact that some early immigrant groups (German, Irish, and Italian) were
Thoughts on “American” Ethnicity
Read the blog, “Is there an American ethnicity?” at http://serenityhome.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/is-there-an-american-ethnicity/ and answer the following questions:
- Does the historical fact that some early immigrant groups (German, Irish, and Italian) were originally labeled as “non-whites” in the census, yet are now regarded as “white”, support the idea that the term “white” is an ethnic (cultural) term rather than a biological (racial) category? Why or why not?
- Is the definition of “ethnicity” given in this blog similar to the definition given in your textbook?
- Do you agree with the author’s observation about what is behind recent rhetoric about preserving American values and culture in the face of continuing immigration?
- Can you relate to the blogger’s multi-ethnic family history? Do you identify with a particular ethnic group?
- How would you describe an “American” ethnicity, in terms of shared customs, beliefs, etc.?