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    Why Do Some People from USA, Canada, Call Themselves German, English, Etc.?

    Hello everybody,

    I have a question of USA or Canada residents. Why they call themself German or English when they aren't? Americans who come to Germany can't speak German and have American accent but some who are racist call themself German. Why? USA and Canada citizens should accept their colonies identities don't you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walküre View Post
    Hello everybody,

    I have a question of USA or Canada residents. Why they call themself German or English when they aren't? Americans who come to Germany can't speak German and have American accent but some who are racist call themself German. Why? USA and Canada citizens should accept their colonies identities don't you think?

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    Because there's no such thing as Canadian or American blood. And I don't think "colonial" is a very accurate depiction of one's racial identity.

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    Well my dear I can't answer your question as well as some others will & Oh,they will ....

    Some people may be American Or Canadian but they may have German ancestors or family in Germany. Just because someone doesn't speak German,doesn't mean that they don't have German blood or ancestors.

    I think most people here know there identities very well.
    "We've become a nation of strangers. There seems to be very little in common to bond us to our fellow Americans outside of our immediate families,some don't even have that to fall back on."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veritas Aequitas View Post
    Because there's no such thing as Canadian or American blood. And I don't think "colonial" is a very accurate depiction of one's racial identity.
    I am not speak of racial identity but of nationality. Americans and Canadians are Europeans racially but not nationally and culturally.

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    Well my dear I can't answer your question as well as some others will & Oh,they will ....

    Some people may be American Or Canadian but they may have German ancestors or family in Germany. Just because someone doesn't speak German,doesn't mean that they don't have German blood or ancestors.

    I think most people here know there identities very well.
    To be German you must speak German and be cultural German, blood is not enough. They should call themself Americans with German ancestry but not German. In Germany we wouldn't consider them German.

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    Because it's natural for an American to dichotomize between ethnic identity and national identity. It's the result of mass non-homogenous immigration. If you ask an American if he is German, he assumes you are talking about ethnic identity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galloglaich View Post
    Because it's natural for an American to dichotomize between ethnic identity and national identity. It's the result of mass non-homogenous immigration. If you ask an American if he is German, he assumes you are talking about ethnic identity.
    I'm not speak of ethnic identity, please read my sentences. I'm speak of Americans and Canadians who say they are the same as Germans, English, usw. Peoplen who refuse to identify with USA and Canada and want to identify with Germany and England, but they never visited and lived there and they don't know our national problems. Sorry if my English is not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walküre View Post
    I am not speak of racial identity but of nationality. Americans and Canadians are Europeans racially but not nationally and culturally.


    To be German you must speak German and be cultural German, blood is not enough. They should call themself Americans with German ancestry but not German. In Germany we wouldn't consider them German.

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    Anybody living in the US or Canada and calls themselves a German National either has dual-citizenship or is a flat out liar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veritas Aequitas View Post
    Anybody living in the US or Canada and calls themselves a German National either has dual-citizenship or is a flat out liar.
    That's exactly what I mean Veritas Aequitas. Peoplen with no citizenship who never lived in Europe but they call themself German or English usw. I'm not understand why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walküre View Post
    I'm not speak of ethnic identity, please read my sentences. I'm speak of Americans and Canadians who say they are the same as Germans, English, usw. Peoplen who refuse to identify with USA and Canada and want to identify with Germany and England, but they never visited and lived there and they don't know our national problems. Sorry if my English is not good.

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    I read your sentences, I just started writing my reply before your second post (sorry I type slowly). I don't know any Americans who claim German or English nationality unless they actually hold dual citizenship. Most of the people I know identify strongly with being "American" regardless of their ethnicity (which they view as something separate).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walküre View Post
    That's exactly what I mean Veritas Aequitas. Peoplen with no citizenship who never lived in Europe but they call themself German or English usw. I'm not understand why.

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    Where is this question coming from then? Give an example of people who call themselves German when they're American or Canadian?

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