I just don't understand. While living overseas and now back in America...I constantly hear people try to associate themselves with some ethnic group as apart of making them feel better about themselves in some way. For example..."i am Irish-American" or "Italian-American". It was worse overseas as all the Americans I met over there were trying to fit in with the Europeans by telling them how they were somehow linked (in their lifetime) to Europe. Whenever they came across with these statements, I could not help but ask..."oh really...well let me hear your Italian...or...if your African American "break out the swahili" I can understand for census purposes telling the gov where your ancestral ties may be, but it kind of grated on me that nobody said...I am an American. Simple. As if that wasn't enough. How do any of you feel about it? I am sure some of you hear it at times too. Whenever anyone over there asked me what I was, I told them American. My ancestors came from Scot-English descent, but I don't speak Celtic and will not sit there and try to convince someone that I am tied to any of the culture over there. It seems that as developed as a society can get, you still can not break away from a triablistic mentality. Thoughts anyone?