So our ethnicity is important?

I expect all of you, at least those in the U.S (or what is left of it) have got your Census questionnaires.
I couldn’t help noticing that a prominent question or series of questions centered on our ethnic identity.
Of course race was also a question in itself.

Maybe I’m not remembering correctly but I don’t recall previous census forms asking about our ethnic or national origins. The questionnaire specifically asks about ethnic origins, and I think it added a suggestion thus:
— “For example, English…”

Then they asked for the respondent’s other ethnic ancestry, in specific terms.

For a long time I’ve said that many Americans simply don’t know what their actual ancestry is, except maybe in the vaguest terms. A great many claim (like Elizabeth Warren et al) to have ‘Native American ancestry’, almost always Cherokee, and oftentimes if they get DNA testing they are told that they have little or no Native Indian ancestry.

And how can the people answer the questions if they really don’t know their ancestry? There are also a good few adopted people who may not know their actual ethnic origins.

I suspect that there is more Anglo-Saxon or English ancestry among Americans than they realize, but then again if the Census goes simply by self-reporting or hearsay, the results will not be very accurate.

But then it seems with our total surveillance state, the powers-that-be may know more about us than we ourselves know.

It would be interesting to know how many sons and daughters of Albion are out there in the U.S.A.

2 thoughts on “So our ethnicity is important?

  1. All of them. 🙂

    But seriously. Good article. Good questions.

    In our Männerbund there are a handful of solid Anglo extracts. Myself included. There are many more of Germanic extracts with upwards of a quarter Anglo, with noncontradicting countermeasures like German, Scandinavian, French. Then others are Anglo-Slavic hybrids.

    The way I see it, the fact that New England, and by proxy America, was an English project, the national identity was implicitly English. So people of English extraction don’t think, or take it for granted.

    Especially, where sadly, there are no obviated English Heritage spectacles. I live in Scarborough area. In Cumberland County there are Italian Heritage, Greek Heritage and Irish Heritage centres. There’s a Scottish Festival, a La Kermesse for the French. No self evidently Anglo prospects.

    I do something for Guy Fawkes day, I get the stinkeye.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks for your comment. I think you are right that there is a certain tendency for people of Anglo-Saxon or English descent to think of themselves as just American, or they feel no need to emphasize their origins. Most people who are not of English descent or of only a little English ancestry don’t identify with it as many people who have just a smidgen of some exotic or more ‘ethnic’ descent. English is sort of a non-identity in some people’s minds.
    As you mention about the lack of Anglo heritage activities or ethnic advocacy groups, there just isn’t much going on anywhere, sad to say.
    But I am curious as to what the census will show.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.