And it’s not just America. Other countries are in similar case. It’s amusing to read the papers bemoaning how many ‘Norwegians’, ‘Germans’ or ‘Scotsmen’ are joining ISIS and vowing to make the black flag of the Jihad fly over the Westminster or the White House. But what they really mean is that the Jihadi holds a Norwegian, German or British passport. Nationality has become reduced to documentation. To suggest otherwise is, well, racist.
But to note it is also racist. So where do we go from that?
I think there are still a hell of a lot of Americans who think of themselves as Americans. And if push comes to shove – that is, if they get pushed and shoved hard enough, they may demonstrate how they really feel about hyphenated wreckers of the American dream.