‘British American identity’ — an urgent cause?


Amen to the above comment.

I think this is along the same lines as my main message here. Too few Americans of English or British descent are willing to identify as such, and the common terms to describe this group (‘WASPs,’ or ‘Anglos’, for example) are used in such varied ways that the names seem to have different definitions depending on who is using them.

For some people, for example here, the term ‘WASP’ is applied more broadly, seeming to include anyone of Northern/Western European ancestry and Protestant origins. I’ve seen or heard the term used in this way here and there. My problem with it is that in applying it to include people not of English or British (Anglo-Saxon) origin, it leaves that specific group of peoples (those of British Isles origin) without their own distinctive identifier.

The way it is used in the blog piece linked in the previous paragraph also would include some ethnicities who often show animus towards actual people of Anglo-Saxon or English/British descent. This includes not only many German-Americans, some of whom still bear grudges over past grievances but also Scottish people, for example, a certain number of whom will emphatically tell us that they are not British but Scots, and most definitely not English.

Having a definite name which is unique to people of English or Anglo-Saxon descent would certainly be a good start in addressing the ‘identity crisis’ that faces us. The constant confusion regarding the real distinction between ‘British’ and ‘English’ has already clouded things, even for those who live in the UK.


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