I was in college and I was walking to a fraternity where a party was going to be held.
I was walking with my roommate, who was Indian, and this dude who was Costa Rican.
Anyway, as we are heading to this place, I got talking with the Costa Rican dude about whatever.
It’s been years so forgive me for not remembering the topic that started this.
But, whatever the topic was, it ended up with the Costa Rican dude basically going….
“Oh my god bro, Costa Rica is America too!”
And keep in mind I studied at some liberal arts college so the guy was a little more to the left than a typical college student.
“That’s imperialist!” was an accusation that followed shortly.
In that moment, I didn’t really have much to say because I never spent any time yet in Latin America if I remember correctly.
And so this claim that “I am imperialist, how dare I use the word American to describe myself” was new to me.
But I didn’t really care.
I felt the dude was tripping and I was just looking to get drunk and maybe get laid that night.
So an academic conversation on the use of the word “American” was not up for the itinerary that night by my plans.
More like get this cute Asian chick to give me head to no avail....
But, many years later, I have about 5 years now as of this writing on July 7, 2020 of living in Latin America.
And, suffice to say, I have seen the occasional moment where this argument gets brought up again.
Granted, it’s always by someone who is either one of the following:
- A non-Latino (American, Canadian, etc) who feels the need to be "politically correct" and try to identify with Latino topics. This is the same type of music who uses "Latinx" unironically.
- Or a rich as fuck Latino who comes from an upper class family in Latin America that could afford to send their kid to a liberal arts college in the US.
A bit similar to the Costa Rican dude brought up in this story who fell into the second group.
So what’s the scoop on this?
Well, the argument made by these folks is that it is imperialistic for people from the US to describe themselves as "American."
In which, from their perspective, both North America and South America are one collective continent (and not two separated continents).
Therefore, by their logic, they should be allowed to call themselves "American" in the same way that someone from the continent of Europe is called European or a person from the continent of Africa is called African.
So the question of this article is the following:
Is using the word “American” a bad idea to describe people who were born in the US?
In my opinion, the answer is a definitive no.
The anger over this is honestly a bit stupid and the people who get angry over it obviously haven’t put much thought into their anger.
It really comes across as a way for upper class Latinos to feel like they are on a self-righteous high horse with an opportunity to try sounding smarter than the person they are trying to bludgeon rhetorically.
When they really just sound silly, anti-social and very insecure.
So let’s go into some of the reasons for why I think their argument against Americans using the word “American” to describe themselves is idiotic.
And keep in mind that this article was, in part, inspired by this recent article I saw here.
And since July 4th has passed only a few days ago…
I suppose it would be the right time to discuss the issue surrounding the use of the term "America."
So let’s begin!
Reason 1: A Word Can Have Several Meanings
First, it needs to be said that it's not uncommon for words to have several meanings depending on the context they are used.
Therefore, to complain at someone using the word "American" in a way that you wouldn't does makes you look like a crying bitch.
There are words in English and Spanish that change meaning depending on how they are used!
So it's not a bad thing to have one meaning of the word "American" for those who are from the US and and another meaning of the word for those who come from "the Americas."
Of course, as we will get to, not everyone agrees with the other meaning of the word to describe anyone from the Americas.
Why is that?
Mostly because of different education systems that have their own merit.
Reason 2: Understanding Education Systems
Given that I currently, as of this writing, live in Mexico City….
I am part of some expat group for foreigners living in Mexico City.
Anyway, some person posted a picture of the map here describing the difference between the US and America.
In a few of the comments, local Latinos made the claim that they were taught that basically North America and South America are the same as we mentioned before.
Here is a comment one person made to illustrate what I am saying:
“We are thought different. For us Mexicans, America is ONE large continent only. In the USA, they teach there are 2 continents, South America and North America. (Missing the central America part) for most of the world Mexico is South America, why?
Because of the culture. Continents are also divided culturally, like Europe-Asia. But we don't seem to agree on a universal concept for this.
Some countries will teach there are 9 continents, others say seven, for the Mexicans there are 5. Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Oceania. (We don't count Antarctica, and I don't know why)"
And, as you can see in the comment section below this article, I got into a discussion with another reader about this exact same aspect of the topic.
In which large parts of the world are taught very different things.
In fact, there's lots of people outside the US who are taught that North America and South America are two separate continents!
But, to be fair, there's also the other half of the world that is taught differently.
So, if you were taught that both continents are the same, then by your logic, it should be OK to use the word "American" for anyone from Alaska to Argentina.
But if you were taught that they are separate continents, then I would argue it doesn't make much sense.
"North American" and "South American" would be more logical terms as both North America and South America would be seen as separate continents.
Of course, I won't go into great detail here as to explaining the different models that exist for quantifying the amount of continents we have.
I already did that in the comment section below this article quite extensively and you can check it out yourself.
At the end of the day, I respect whatever you were taught and how it might be different from me.
I don't believe either model is better than the other.
Because, being honest, I don't really give a shit if you believe in two different continents or just one for the Americas.
And, even if we were to go along with the one continent idea for the Americas, that still doesn't change the validity of the prior point about how you can still use the word "American" with two different meanings.
But let's move on.
Reason 3: Kicking Water Up Hill
To keep it brief, you're basically kicking water up hill when you try to argue with the average person from the US about this issue.
Most people don't have the luxury to sit around all day and bitch about such a trivial thing.
Especially when people in the US have much more concerning matters to worry about like the conflict in Afghanistan, degrading infrastructure, police brutality, climate change, etc.
Most people in the US just don't give a fuck if a upper class Costa Rican who never had to suffer a day in his life is rage masturbating on the internet alone in his room about how some random guy in small town Indiana uses the word "American" to describe himself.
At the end of the day, you aren't convincing anyone.
It's not because Americans think they are better than you, Mr. Costa Rican.
It's because they got bigger shit to worry about than your feelings.
They just don't give a fuck about you.
In the same way that you probably don't give a fuck about the negative opinions that expats have about your country.
The only people who are not Latino and who will stand by you are basically white privileged kids who go to liberal arts schools.
Who happen to lean very politically to the left, might be racially self-hating and will just agree with whatever PC issue of the day you bring up out of, in part, fear of you harassing them.
Otherwise, most people will look at you confused because they never heard this issue before and think you must be socially inept.
Like in my situation at the frat party where I just nodded my head in confusion and thought...
"Yeah wait...What is he going on about?...How does this help me fuck that Asian chick tonight?"
Reason 4: Inferiority Complex
The next thing to bring up was something I hinted at under the last reason but should be addressed separately.
This argument made by Latinos doesn't just stem from a different teaching in geography.
It also stems from a inferiority complex in my opinion.
The idea is as as follows....
Historically, the US has always had a unequal relationship with the rest of Latin America.
In which the US has overthrown governments down here and supported dictatorships over there.
And in which the US economy has historically dominated quite well most of Latin America.
Though, to be fair, that has changed over the last few decades as countries that are farther way like Argentina have less dependence on the US when compared to those like Guatemala.
Regardless, the argument starts by bringing up the unequal relationship between the US and Latin America.
Then you mix that historical understanding in with the confusion stemming from the different education system in Latin America versus the US.
In which the Chilean identifies as American because of his belief that all of the Americas is one continent while the American from the US sees him as a "South American" because of the different continent model that he was taught.
Consequently, when someone from the US uses the word "American" to describe themselves, the PC Latino in Latin America perceives that as the person from the US somehow believing that all of Latin America is property of the US.
Because we have already dominated them historically in various ways and now we are asserting that all of the Americas is our property with only us being allowed to use the term "American" for ourselves.
Or at least that's how I've come to understand the argument made by some of these folks.
Therefore, when a PC Latino argues that "he is American too," it's his way of pushing back against what he perceives to be someone claiming to be superior than him.
And, in my opinion, this belief is largely reinforced by an inferiority complex that said PC Latino has.
In my experience living in Latin America and having visited most countries down here, you do meet a lot of people with a strong inferiority complex.
At the end of the day, what needs to be said is this...
First, the PC Latino needs to understand that we (and other countries in the world) are taught in a different education system claiming a different number of continents.
Therefore, nobody in the US or elsewhere is trying to argue that we are more important than you when we describe ourselves as "American."
Second, as I said before, nobody in the US gives a fuck about you.
Get over yourself.
There is literally nobody in the US who calls himself an American as his way to describe how we are better than Paraguayans or Nicaraguans.
Yes, you have plenty of Americans who do feel like we have a better country.
In large part because, while the US has its issues, it is relatively more developed than most regions of Latin America.
With, to be fair, parts of Latin America that are relatively more developed than bad parts of the US.
But with most of the region being, on average, lesser developed economically to the US on average.
That's another topic though.
Regardless, that feeling of superiority though, most of the time (not always), stems from believing the country at large is better than most Latin countries.
Not necessarily that the individual people of the US are better than the individual people of Latin America.
And, truth be told, I think quite a few people in Latin America believe the same whenever you hear one half jokingly saying "saquenme de latinoamerica."
saquenme de latinoamerica
Not everyone obviously but plenty do seem to think a life in the US, Canada or Europe would be better than a life in Nicaragua, Colombia or the DR.
Especially Cuba and Venezuela but those are obvious examples, huh?
Still, just because some Latin Americans feel that a country like the US or Canada would produce a better life doesn't mean that they believe that the people of Latin America are inferior to those in the US.
Same thing with most Americans in the US.
Most, while believing that their country is a better place to live, don't think that Latin Americans are an inferior people to them.
Similarly, any type of "superiority" here when it comes to the preference for which country to live in has no relation to why people in the US call ourselves "American."
In the same way it has no relation to why much of the world does the same also!
Including some of you Latino folks down here in Latin American that have called me American plenty of times.
Just the other day, some random gordita vendor outside my apartment in Mexico City asked if I was "from America."
But that's a point we'll get to later.
Regardless, the use of the word in that context is, as I said many times, derived from our different teachings and also derived from a common usage of the word.
Reason 5: So What’s the Alternative?
When people bitch about Americans using the word “American...”
The logical thinkers will ask “Ok, so what do we call ourselves?”
Now some of the responses made by people in that Facebook expat thread mentioned above were....
Those were the only alternatives proposed.
So let’s dig into that.
First, gringo can be an insulting term.
I personally don’t find it insulting but it depends on the context.
If an American were to say to a Mexican, “Que onda, soy un gringo.”
OK, seems alright to me.
But, in my experience, gringo can sometimes be used offensively.
There's plenty of people in the US who consider the word to be offensive.
It would also just be a weird word for the average American to adopt.
Unless you moved to Latin America as an American, the word gringo just isn't in the common vocabulary to use everyday.
Your average dude living in the US just doesn't use the word and never will.
Then you have “North American.”
Which is just stupid.
Canadians and Mexicans are North Americans.
And if you look at this source here, technically all of Central America is part of the North American continent.
You'd basically be saving any South American from being offended in the future since we wouldn't be using the word "American" but anyone with a stick up their ass from Panama to Mexico would still have a reason to bitch.
So calling us “North Americans” doesn’t solve much.
Then you have “United Statians.”
Which, OK, is getting us closer to a real alternative…
But there is an issue with it…
Outside of the fact that it sounds stupid and nobody would use it.
There’s one issue with it that we will look into in the next section below.
Reason 6: Taking Official Country Names Very Literally…
OK, so you somehow managed to convince all of Americans that the term “American” is imperialistic and we should all go by the term “United Statians.”
And as you can see by this tweet here…
Right away, any easily offended Mexican could get angry as they ALSO are United Statians.
Because Mexico technically has the “United Mexican States” as the official name of its country.
So are they not United Statians also?
I guarantee you that if somehow all of America was convinced to use the term “United Statians...”
Some folks of the upper class white elite in Mexico would trip over themselves to bitch about this new “imperial US that claims to be United Statians when we are United Statians also!”
HOW DARE THEY!
And if Americans now have to call themselves by the first half of their country’s official name…
Then I expect some fairness.
For Venezuelans to call themselves the “Bolivarian Republicans.”
And the Bolivians to call themselves the “Plurinational Republicans.”
While the Uruguayans can be the “Oriental Republicans.”
You see how stupid this all sounds?
But don’t worry!
As I hinted at before a few times, it’s only the privileged who worry the most about this.
Which brings us to the next point.
Reason 7: Plenty of Latinos Call Us Americans Too
One day out of the blue I was walking in Mexico City near the Angel of Independence Statue.
I lived a little bit close to the area at the time and I had a date set up.
But in typical Mexican girl fashion, she shows up late by about 10 minutes.
So I’m walking to Metro Insurgentes where we are supposed to meet up.
When this random dude calls out to me…
“Friend, hOw ArE yOuUuUuUuUu!!!"
Basically he was a dude working on the street trying to make his money by shining shoes for people.
And he noticed my shoes and claimed they were very dirty!
Anyway, he wouldn't leave me alone despite how I was in a hurry and I was not rude enough to tell him to leave me alone.
I mean, he seemed like a nice guy.
He asked me “de donde eres” when he realized I speak Spanish sufficiently enough.
And then he responded “oh, un Americano!”
Suffice to say, that’s not an unusual experience.
Most Latinos I have met – almost 99% of them in Latin America – do not have a stick up their ass about the term “Americano” or “American” being used for Americans.
As another example, here's a random video on the internet titled in Spanish "JFK, tres disparos que cambiaron América."
In English that would be "JFK, three shots that changed America."
Obviously, they are referring to the US as simply "America" in Spanish.
Though, to be fair, I also saw videos in Spanish that applied the term "America" to mean the Americas.
So, as I said before, a word can often have several meanings depending on the context and that doesn't mean any of the specific meanings are invalid.
Therefore, plenty of people in Latin America also use the term "America" for the US or "Americano" for those from the US.
It’s literally only the groups I have mentioned above….
- Self-proclaimed “woke” gringos who want to stand up for Latinos when most Latinos don’t give a shit.
- Or the very few Latinos who are from the upper class of Latin America who get angry about it also.
Either way, most people in Latin America honestly do not care about this issue and it is basically a non-topic.
But what about people in other countries?
Reason 8: The Rest of the World
Going from the last issue....
It also should be said how most of the world uses the term "America" for the US and "American" for those from the US.
It's similar to the question I posed in the comment section in the bottom of this article.
If you were to ask the following question to a random person from the following countries: South Korea, Ukraine, Italy, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Bolivia:
“If someone describes themself as American, what country do you think they are from?”
I'm willing to bet most are going to say "the US."
Or they might say "America" to mean the United States of America.
Even if they believe that North America and South America are one continent and not two continents....
Even if they believe that anyone from Alaska to Argentina is an American because of the logic stemming from the previously mentioned continent model....
At the end of the day, there's a common usage of the terms "America" and "American" that most people in the world accept without issue.
Of course, like I said, that doesn't make the other usage of the word "American" for anyone from Alaska to Argentina invalid.
It's just another usage of the word that is very common globally and also because of another reason we'll get to below.
Reason 9: Just Short for the USA
I will keep this reason very simple and brief.
But it's time for a public announcement for those who haven't caught on yet.
Which is that literally “America” is just a short term for “United States of America.”
That seems obvious and shouldn’t need to be said...
But I guess it was never realized by the raging cunts that get offended over the term “America” when referring to the US.
It’s simply people shortening “United States of America” to “America.”
In the same way that Venezuelans are Venezuelans and not Bolivarian Republicans.
In the same way that British people are known as British and not “The Official Kings of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”
Though, to be fair, it would be pretty dope to be referred to as "the official king" for your nationality.
Just a suggestion to the British....
Reason 10: Copyright
This reason I will keep very simple.
But unless someone can prove to me that another country in Latin America tried to jump on the title of being “America...”
Then what can you even complain about?
If the US was the first country to jump on that issue, then we got copyright on the name.
Because it’s literally stupid to complain about how America took the name of America when literally nobody else wanted to take it as part of their national identity.
If you have evidence otherwise, let me know!
Give me your academic sources.
Most likely it will be some archival research if you do have something.
And if you do have something like that – fucking awesome!
I love academic research and can dig into that shit for hours!
So bring it to me.
But otherwise, if you don’t have proof of anyone else trying to claim the name of America, then it’s a bit stupid to complain about it, no?
If, let’s say, you are a Latino from Uruguay.
And nobody in the history of Uruguay has tried to claim to be American and change the name of Uruguay to something like “los estados unidos de America en Uruguay”
Then you sound a bit stupid, in my honest opinion, because you are literally arguing for something that nobody in the history of your country has ever argued for.
That you are somehow American (meaning from the US) when you are not.
And when nobody in the history of your country has tried to take the name either...
Well, tough shit, loser.
We, the US, got ownership of the name first because we claimed it first.
And as of now, literally no other country in the Americas is trying to take the name.
Reason 11: Issues with the Names of Other Countries.
So if we are going to critique the name of America so much...
Because it is apparently so imperialistic to claim the name of America.
Then let's look into the history of the names of other Latin countries.
For example, you have some countries that were named in honor of Christopher Columbus or the origin of their names is somehow tied to him.
First, the origin of the name Colombia is derived from Christopher Columbus as you can see here.
Then you have Costa Rica!
Which apparently got its name from Christopher Columbus when he was sailing by the shores of Costa Rica as you can see here.
Next, you have Honduras, which apparently could have got its name from Christopher Columbus as you can read about here.
Now if we are all going to get angry about the US calling itself "America" because it comes across as imperialistic or something....
Then shouldn't we also get angry about the names of countries above that either honor or come from an actual imperialist who killed a lot of people in the Americas?
And it doesn't stop there....
The name Ecuador apparently came from Spanish colonists and it means "the equator" as you can see here.
Next you have Brazil that got its name as a reference to Brazilwood.
A resource often exploited by Portuguese explorers like Fernão de Loronha back when Brazil was a colony as you can read here.
How imperialistic of a name!
We have Paraguay!
Now what could be wrong with the name of Paraguay?!?
If America can't call itself America because there are two continents with the name "America" in them...
Then Paraguay can't call itself Paraguay!
Because it is named after the Paraguay River!
Now where is the Paraguay River?
It goes through Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.
So 3 other countries that are not Paraguay?!
How dare Paraguay commit this injustice!
Are they really claiming ownership of a river that goes into 3 other countries?
Of course, there are other countries as well that we could look into.
But we will leave it at that...
I think you get the idea -- that if people want to express fake outrage over the name America and claiming some terrible injustice from it...
Well, we can do mental gymnastics as well to express fake outrage about the names of Latin countries.
Reason 12: Where the Hell did the Rest of America Go?
Let's refer back to that photo of "America" as you can see here.
You see what they call “the USA.”
These SJWs try to be experts on geography…
But they can’t even include all of the US in their very sophisticated research on what is America vs. the US?
Where the hell is Hawaii?!?!
Other imperialistic territories of the US?!?!
I mean, if you are going to include a map of the US to show us how much of a geography expert you are while complaining about our imperialism....
At least include a full damn picture of all the imperialistic territories of the US.
I’m just as surprised that they included Alaska given their ignorance about the US as demonstrated in this photo.
As surprised by the fact that they included Texas, California and other territories we took from Mexico a long time ago if they believe that using the term "America" is imperialistic.
Because the typical types that would complain about the Americans using the term “America” would probably complain about that too.
But that’s a topic for another day.
To summarize this point here…
If these folks wanted to show how great their geography knowledge was, you’d think, at the very least, they wouldn’t fuck up the geography of the US.
Or, in other words, the geography of America.
Shit, did I just say that?
Reason 13: Imperialism!
Let's quickly refer back to the argument made about the historic imperialism of the US and how that contributes to the belief that nobody should use the term "American" to describe those from the US.
Going further into this topic…
It should also be noted that the US isn’t the only country known for imperialism.
This is funny to me because most of these activists who get angry over the term “American” fail to recognize in the heat of this debate that literally every country on this planet has imperialistic ambitions.
It just happens to be that some states have more resources and capability to expand their imperialistic ambitions than others.
Was the US better at imperialism?
But other countries would've done the same thing to the extent that the US did if they had the capability to do so.
They just didn't.
But they did have their own examples of the imperialism they could bring forth against their neighbors over the history of Latin America.
Such as Brazil taking up territory from its nearby South American countries.
Or Chile stealing land from Bolivia.
Or Bolivia and Paraguay getting into a conflict in the Chaco War.
Or how Simon Bolivar – the “liberator” of South America – had ambitions to include all of Spanish speaking America of South America into one big country.
The fact is that just about all of Latin America have had elites running their countries that have aspired to imperialistic goals to expand the territory, attack nearby countries or use state power to oppress their own citizens.
But some countries were more prepared for that than others.
Like how the US was more equipped to be a more superior power dominating the Americas than say Guatemala or Paraguay.
Granted if Paraguay wasn’t wrecked in the War of the Triple Alliance as you can read here…
Maybe Paraguay would be a nuclear super imperialistic power…
Anything is possible!
But don’t try to speak from a moralistic high chair when just about every country in the world is run by elites who aspire to imperialistic means.
And it just happens to be the case that your country's elites sucked massive dick at being imperialistic when our country's elites were better at the job.
Which brings us to the next point…
Reason 14: The Most Advanced Country
If Europe had to decide on which country would best fit to be labeled “the United States of Europe,” it might end up being Germany.
Or maybe Belgium given that Brussels is the capital of the European Union?
If Asia had to decide as well on this topic for their own region, it would probably be “the United States of Asia” for China.
In the same way Saudi Arabia could label themselves as “the United States of the Middle East.”
I’m less informed on Africa as a region but I know Egypt is relatively strong as a country in that region.
So “the United States of Africa” for Egypt?
In the same way that the United States of America is the most powerful country in the Americas in terms of economy, military, cultural influence, diplomacy, etc.
So why shouldn’t it be able to claim the title of “United States of America” where people from that country can call themselves Americans?
Hell, if the US were to become a shithole and Bolivia were to rise to the top and become the next super power of the Americas...
Then I will eat my hat and be nuanced and fair here.
And say that the US can give up its title of being “the United States of America” to Bolivia.
And Bolivia can be the “United Bolivian States of America” and Bolivians can call themselves American.
Like Rocky Balboa stealing the title from Apollo Creed and getting to be the New Heavyweight Champion of THE WORLD!
When you are the best at doing what you do, then you get to have a nice title.
Rocky 2 Rematch
And you know what?
It just might happen someday!
But until that happens…
The US is not only the only country that I know of that has tried to claim official ownership of the name America…
But it is also the most powerful and influential country of the Americas.
So why shouldn’t it claim to be America?
In the same way China is more than free to claim to being the United States of Asia.
If you are the most powerful country in your respective region, you get free dibs on the title of your country and nationality.
Call it imperialistic – I call it free market competition.
And I’m being fair here – if Bolivia can out compete the US on a economic, military, cultural and diplomatic matter…
It can be America and we will call ourselves…
Well shit, I’m not sure.
Maybe United Statians is what we would have to go with.
Or the “Superior Canadians of the South.”
I’m working on new names as we speak in case those Bolivians can out compete the US and have the right to ownership of the name “America.”
Hopefully it won’t happen because the names I am coming up with sound like shit.
At any rate, I just want to point out a few more things.
Reason 15: Nobody Said You Aren't an American
Finally, let's address the context in which this type of argument is brought up.
It almost always -- 99.9% of the time -- starts when someone from the US casually self-identifies as an American.
With some sentence that looks like the following...
"As an American, I remember enjoying 4th of July with my parents by launching fireworks that burnt the neighbor's house down and killed their grandma."
"Hi everyone! I'm an American moving to Nicaragua to meet a nice woman I met on the internet. I hope to get her pregnant 10 times and we can have a little Catholic family in a small village out there."
Under no circumstances, in 99.9% of these cases, does the person from the US claim that anyone else in the Americas is not an American.
They never do that.
And so why so serious, Mr. Upper Class Latino?
He never said you weren't an American!
You don't even know if he believes that!
Though, to be fair, he probably doesn't believe that like a lot of people don't because of what continent model he was taught in school.
And like how you probably don't introduce yourself as an American ever unless you have at least residency in the US.
But he didn't say you were not an American!
Not one bit.
In fact, his statement -- like in any of those two examples above -- only shows that, at the very least, he self-identifies as an American himself.
And isn't he?
If your argument is that anyone born in the Americas can self-identify as an American, then he's an American.
And there's no reason to be angry because he didn't claim you were not an American either.
Didn't even address what you self-identify as because it has no importance to the topic regarding burning the neighbor's house down to wife hunting in Nicaragua.
Your identity has absolutely no fucking importance to the context of the conversation.
And, as I said, by your logic, he is American also and didn't claim you were not.
So shut the fuck up?
Why make an issue out of nothing?
Are you that socially stunted that you turn every conversation you can into a PC debate on language?
If you are that inspired by debates over language, why not try listening to George Carlin's classic bit over 7 things you can't say on TV instead of passive-aggressively demanding that one of those forbidden words be American.
George Carlin -- 7 Things You Can't Say on TV
Especially when, as I said before, the following is normally true in these circumstances:
- Nobody claimed you aren't American.
- Your logic supports that he is American.
- What you self-identify as has absolutely no relevance to the conversation initially started.
And that, above all else, you're just trying to be an insufferable cunt that has an insecurity complex who can't stop himself from making every conversation political so that you finally have a chance to sit on a high horse.
Reason 16: Let's Police Your Language Now!
So if we are on the topic of policing language used by another group of people...
Can we do the same to you folks in Latin America?
After all, if you find it offensive when a random guy self-identifies as "American" while he contemplates on how to get head from an Asian chick at a frat party...
When, in this case, the conversation was in English and it isn't your native language to begin with...
Well, I think us gringos can do mental gymnastics also to find things offensive with your Spanish language also.
The most obvious example being the use of the word "Latinx."
Now, to be fair, I don't give a fuck about this topic and I don't use Latinx either.
But, if I could summon the powers of Latino SJWs in the US, then I'd bring up the motivation to argue about how words like "Latino" or "Latina" are not very inclusive!
Because, to be fair, it really is them who insist on the issue the most it seems.
So if you are going to police the English language and how people in the US speak by demanding we include an awkward word like "United Statians" in our daily vocabulary...
Then I believe it's fair game to force you all to apply the "Latinx" rule to how you speak to make speaking in your native language a little bit more awkward also.
"Let's go .... Latinx?!?"
Let me give you an example to get the ball rolling!
Hola, me llamo Alejandra. Soy unx chicx de Latinx America. Estoy pensando en lx polla grande de Matt. Lx pussy esta muy mojadx. Vamos a coger en lx casa de mi gringx favoritx."
Anyway, those are all the reasons I have against those who take issue with Americans using the name “American.”
With just one last point I want to make real quick.
I don't care if you self-identify as American.
While I do find that the inferiority complex is a bit deep and unnecessary....
I also agree, on a basic geography principle, that you can claim to be American if we were to accept the continent model of North America and South America being one and not two separate continents.
Of course, as you know, I don't follow that model so I personally would see you as a South American or a North American but not an American (unless you have citizenship in the US).
But, unlike you, I don't care enough to start an argument over it if you happened to self-identify as American and I would be open minded to understanding that you simply have a different world view.
And that's perfectly OK!
I only ask that you be open minded yourself for once in your life and understand that people in the US and elsewhere have a different worldview that sees North America and South America as two different continents.
And, if we could, please drop the inferiority complex. It's not healthy.
Try going for a jog outside or swiping on Tinder to find a nice gal to satisfy your foot fetish if you ever find yourself angry over this topic.
Not that I'm into foot fetishes....
And if you have your own opinion on this subject (in favor or against the use of the term American), then mention it in the comment section below!
And I will try to respond!
Granted, the time it will take for me to respond will depend on how quickly I can put the bottle of Oso Negro down and look down at my keyboard to type out a coherent response.
But I promise it would be within a month!
Anyway, hope you liked this article and thanks for reading!
Love it man! There’s no-one in this world more butthurt than an upper-class Costa Rican over this shit. Apart from the whining, hand-wringing, trying-to-hard-to-fit in expats, of course.