By Clyde Black

theweekender@live.com

As I sit down here tonight to write the column I am celebrating the 4th of July, our Independence Day!  My thoughts are of those brave men who stood together so long ago and DECLARED our independence from Britain.  Americans!  Think about that for a moment.  Nobody said we could do that.  Only a belief in God gave those guys the strength to believe in life’s freedoms HE meant for us to have.  AMERICANS came together and fought the oppressors and gained our independence.  No Sir, it wasn’t easy.  History does not record or note weather or not those independence fighters were Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Cambodians, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Buddhists.  They were Americans.

I write to tell you today that there are some terms I no longer want to hear.  Number 1 on my list is African American.  To me, that is as offensive as the N word is to that community.  That term tells me you are divided in your loyalty between Africa and America.  I’m just a dumb old country boy but it seems to me that most folks who call themselves African Americans are skin tinted black, dark brown or well-tanned.  I could care less.  All I care about is where your loyalties lie.  Do you want to be African or American?   If it is just a cultural issue and those who call themselves African Americans want to hold on that culture, fine.  I don’t want to.  So leave me out of it.  All I want to know is are you loyal to the United States of America?

I don’t want to hear Vietnamese American, Cambodian American, German American, Chinese American, Russian American, Irish American, Mexican American or any other blank American. Guess what, I can tell if you are black, Asian, etc., etc., and all I care about is that you love and are faithful to the United States of America.  If you have hatred to this country for any reason and are unhappy please go away.  Go someplace where you will be happy and get rid of the hate in your heart!  This is the greatest country in the world so get over your hate and thank God for our blessings and those men and women of all cultures who fought to give us the freedoms we have.  AMERICANS.   AMERICANS.