On another forum Bad Eagle I pondered the question about ethnicity in America. The Churchill saga leads to a series of questions about our society. Churchill was not a philoNative American he spoke in their name to further an extreeme political agenda. He exploited the tragedy in American History to tear down our society in his warped quest for Utopia. Where was the genuine expression of love for his adopted community ?
Dr David Yeagley a Native American talks about several comunities in a genuine loving admiration. Yeagley has intellectualy broadned his horizons as an intellectual.This is a healthy and admirable thing to do expand ones horizons and frame of refference. My identity as a Jew is not dimminished by my love for Assyrian Christians or Guyanese. In fact in many respects it leads me to understand the subtle ties of my culture better.
Jews suffer from a duality syndrome that I do not understand . On the one hand are people like Yeagley who have a strong affinity for my people. On the other side of the spectrum are the radical leftist and rightist who are united in an anti Israel mania. The right has created the fictional Jewish Superman capable of subverting the entire planet. The left has a similar contempt but they couch it in a way where Jews are never right . The left often tries to couch behind the zionism label but the littany of Jews in every crank conspiracy theory points to something more ominous. I often wonder what life would be like as a Norwegian. Nobody seems to get too worked up about Norwegians.
NYC is a wonderful place where one can literaly meet a person from every culture if one puts in the effort. I could fill this blogs about the wonders of the cultures I encountered. There are few places on earth where it is this easy to be cosmopolitan. NYC is not heaven and there are downsides to living here . Perhaps I will explore them in future blogs at greater length.
The joy about being American is all of the Culture belong to me as an American . My cultural heritage inculdes people from every corner of the globe. Malcolm X and Chief Joseph are part of my cultural heritage and they are symbols of my history. In America we have the culture that we were born into and some of us have so many it becomes a cafeteria selection. What does my lovely niece call herself with Irish, Scottish , Cheokee , Polish and Jewish heritage call herself. For me the issue was far simpler I am an Ashkenazi.
The truth is we should use one word to describe ourselves American.