Go Back Where You Came From

Writing 101, Day 12

There have many opinions concerning the current immigration situation. It has regressed This morning, a person identifying himself as a Native American vented, taking the discussion a step further.

He suggests that we who can not point to ancestors who lived on the prairies and in the mountains of America a few hundred years ago, should return to the places from which our forefathers and foremothers came – Ireland, Russia, England, Scotland, India, Korea … the list doesn’t stop there.

When I lived in California many years ago a man born there was considered a “Native Son.” I even recall bumper stickers stating as much. Does that still hold true? If so, could not a man born within the boundaries of the United States be called a Native Son, or a Native American?

8 thoughts on “Go Back Where You Came From

  1. In truth if you really wanted to get down to the basics, there is no such thing as a Native American in the sense that some think of. Everyone had to show up here at some point in history. As far as I am concerned in the way the term should be used is that you are native to where you are born. I have Choctaw in me, but I don’t look it. But I would still be able to claim “Native American”. I am not meaning any disrespect to any Native Americans. I believe they have a lot of claims that should be recognized and the early Americans did a great many wrongs, but we’re not those early Americans.


    • Thank you for following.

      My family came from Ireland by way of England during the Potato Famine. My wife’s grandmother arrived in Ellis Island when she was 18 and knew no English. Her kids started school speaking only Swedish.

      Some years ago at a buffet we were within earshot of an Oriental family of three generations. They all spoke their native tongue. But when the parents and grandparents went for refills the two grand kids discussed their homework in English. They reverted back to their native tongue when the old folks returned. Respect.


  2. You are from where you were born and raised. It’s all that matters. That’s what shapes a person and their thoughts/beliefs.
    Practically, most people who’s families have lived west of the Mississippi for a couple of generations have a bit of Indian/native/ indigenous blood.
    Most feel that to boast about it when convenient (Elizabeth Warren for example) is rude and improper.
    Unless you live on the reservation or were raise by tribal laws, just don’t say it. Have cousins on the reservation and tribal rites have been done at funerals, so I can talk. (and mascots- the respectful ones are a non-issue with me. Most were created in admiration of qualities)
    Of course, “natives” probably came across land to Alaska and down…so how far to people want to go back and snark about this?
    The border states now? Concern over the extreme heat and unaccompanied children. Kids are going to be found dead. It’s a health concern at this time of year – not anti-immigration


  3. I can’t speak for this individual in particular, but I know that a lot of people who make this argument are simply making it to prove a point. They’re trying to demonstrate that to move here and make lives and then not allow others to do the same seems hypocritical.


    • Thank you for following. Someone or something set this fellow off this morning. I was casting about for something to focus on. His upper case rant provided it. I thanked him 🙂


  4. Gloria Ely says:

    Natives are the only ethnic group that have to prove their heritage. Perhaps they (we) are only pointing out the unfairness that has been and continues to be heaped on our other Native peoples. It would be unrealistic for all of the “immigrants” to go back to where they came from. Some my neighbors…Cambodian, came from an outrageous place where their lives were in peril. Sending these wonderful people back to what they ran away from would be even more inhumane than what the ‘white’ man did.


      • Gloria – you asked: “Who are you?” I’m a gringo, at least that’s what the folks on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation called me.

        Twenty years ago a friend Gene Halfcloud told me about “water telegraph”. The outcome of the battle at Little Big Horn was known 11 days before the riverboat brought the news. Have you ever heard that?


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