Posted by Jeff from d14-69-62-196.try.wideopenwest.com (18.104.22.168) on Thursday, June 05, 2003 at 2:41PM :
In Reply to: Re: Name Game posted by robert from adsl-64-168-24-64.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, June 05, 2003 at 2:24PM :
: Reminds me of when I first came to the States. The rage was the Iran vs. Iraq thing; Assyrians from Iran called those from Iraq Arabs, and those from Iraq called those from Iran, Persian/Iranian. It seemed that we had grown beyond the tribal mentality of which village or British-made country we were born in, and had alomost started to think of ourselves as one people, when our religious leaders decided it would be bad for business and time to put a stop to this nonsense. And, now, you seem to want to add to the religious nonsense the old tribal stuff as well. Ofcourse, we have evolved quite a bit since the 70s; now, in addition to Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian, Jilu, Urmi, etc., we can add American, Canadian, Swedish, Dutch, German, Chicagoan, Detroitian, San Miguelian,....
: Long live Gilgamesh
Shlama min Royal Oak,
So in Michigan there is even more segregation! We have people who identify with the "West Side" (that is, the more affluent suburbs of Birmingham, West Bloomfield, etc.) and those who identify with the "East Side" (Troy, Madison Heights, Sterling Heights, etc.) and of course there's those in Detroit proper (aka 7 mile, aka "Chaldean Town" - there are even banners on the lightposts to this effect)... So not only are we identifying ourselves with the nation that we live in, but we go further and identify with states (i.e. California, Illinois, Michigan), and even further with cities within each state, and even further... to the suburbs...and on... and on... and on.
Will it ever end??
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