NO, NO, I mean American-Greek!
Why do I put American before Greek?
Because I was born in America, and I am very proud to be an American, and I love being Greek. However since I was born here, I think its a simple way to tell people, yes I am from Greek ancestry but I was born here. No biggie, this is not a do or die situation.
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is tired of the hyphenation, He doesn’t want to use ‘Indian-American.’ “I don’t know about you, I’m tired of the hyphenated Americans. No more ‘African-Americans.’ No more ‘Indian-Americans.’ No more ‘Asian-Americans,’ “Not” Indian-Americans, simply Americans.
This reminds me of an African-American person I saw who was wearing the African colors in a shirt. His proud display of his heritage. But I have to tell you this guy sure didn’t have an African accent. More like the Bronx or Brooklyn LOL. So I would call him an American-African.
For me I love being Greek, but for blogging out loud)) I’m not going to wear the fusanella a traditional Greek skirt worn by the Evzones the elite Greek Army. Nah, I’ll skip that part. Dance in a circle holding a white handkerchief, eat great Greek food, No, I never broke a dish on the floor, try to talk louder than your relatives, hate the excess hair on your body, know that no matter how your family may drive you nuts, you love them to death.
How many American-_______can relate to what I just said. We all should be proud of where we came from or what our heritage is. But there is something about America, maybe its because my Mother was so proud of becoming an American, and my Father was so proud of Greece.
So lets be honest. Europe looks beautiful a wonderful patina of colors, the old world charm and character of the cracked buildings. It’s all picture perfect, but if in America we would pull out the putty and fill in the cracks and paint. Now that’s not to say that they don’t have it clean but the economics in these countries make normal maintenance a little further apart then it should be. I was walking towards my cousins house when a street light went out, and she said, “great, now it will take a year before they fix it”.
This is part of the reason everyone comes to America. So even though I hesitated to type out the previous paragraph, it is true. Unfortunately as in many countries, you would hear “those crooks” as soon as you mentioned politics. The people of Greece are wonderful, but they have had a tough time and corruption has hurt them terribly.
Greece has a corruption perception rating 69/175
Italy the same
United States 17/175
Denmark 1/175…wow I wonder if they put this together?
United Kingdom 14/175
However what ever your rating is, you still hold the hope of your country being better than it is.
So to all of us American-______’s OPA!))
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