BISMARCK – The day a U.S. Congressional House election subcommittee traveled to Standing Rock to hear Native leaders speak about being disenfranchised from voting in North Dakota, a state senator posted to social media saying they should abstain if they don’t like it. “If they are denouncing our voting then they should obtain [abstain] from voting,” state Senator Oley Larsen, a Republican from Minot wrote on a story published online by KX News. “We do have rules.” Larsen, who was the former vice chairman of the Tribal and State Relations Committee, which was dissolved and transformed into the Tribal State Tax Committee, said he believes in personal responsibility and less government assistance. His post prompted online criticism, with Nicole MontclairDonaghy asking why he insists on promoting the stereotypes of “us” vs. “them.” “Cracks me up how you like to use ‘they’ and ‘our’ as if … [Read more...] about ‘Does he not consider us real Americans?’
Caleb Elfenbein and Peter Hanson Are you American? What do you think about when you answer this question? Do you think in terms of citizenship? Cultural attributes? Certain values? When Grinnell College, where we are both faculty members, polled Americans on what they most associate with being a “real” American, the vast majority of respondents identified a set of values as more essential than any particular identity. Ninety percent said treating people equally is very important to being a “real” American. Eighty-eight percent said it included taking personal responsibility for one’s actions. Accepting people of different racial (81 percent) and religious (78 percent) backgrounds also ranked very high. We found the widespread support for these core values to be encouraging at a time of rising hate crimes and during an administration that regularly fans fears of immigration. And yet, around 25 percent of respondents espoused nativist attitudes, ranking … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a ‘real’ American?
Naturalization ceremonies at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ceremony in Los Angeles, Sept. 20, 2017. Photo: AP What It Takes to Be a 'Real American' Almost one-quarter of Americans believe native-born Christians are the "real Americans" but an overwhelming number of U.S. adults say that treating people equally and taking personal responsibility for one’s actions are the true tests of "Americaness." “People really feel like ideals are core to being American more than any identity or background," says Caleb Elfenbein, associate professor of history and religious studies at Grinnell College, which commissioned a national poll on the subject. "Ninety percent of respondents indicated that they believe treating people equally is essential to being American.” The Grinnell College National Poll, conducted last month, surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults over the age of 18. Twenty-four percent of the people polled say “real Americans" are born … [Read more...] about What It Takes to Be a ‘Real American’
Crazy Faith Ministries This election cycle has been brutal, and as the vitriol has continued and increased, many have been heard to say, “This is not who we are” as Americans. But is that a fact? Theologian Susan Thistlewaite said in a recent post on Facebook that what we are seeing and hearing is “exactly who we are as Americans.” “Who we are” has always bubbled just below the surface. We have worked hard to keep it under wraps, but this president had the talent to tap into it. “The base” is what the media has continually lifted as the focus and the appreciative audience of this man’s vitriol, but “the base” is probably larger than anyone wants to admit. In anticipating the outcome of the midterm elections, many muse that only “the base” is fired up by the rhetoric about the caravan and Kavanaugh, but more than just uneducated White men are interested in and supportive of what this president is selling. … [Read more...] about What is a ‘real’ American? And who is everyone else?
By Maureen Dowd, New York Times News Service Published 5:00 am CST, Monday, November 12, 2018 FILE -- In this June 1, 2009 file photo, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) FILE -- In this June 1, 2009 file photo, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Photo: Susan Walsh, STF / AP Photo: Susan Walsh, STF / AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE -- In this June 1, 2009 file photo, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) FILE -- In this June 1, 2009 file photo, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) … [Read more...] about Who’s the real American Psycho? [Opinion]