From 2012: Where are English-Americans?

This article, by Robert Henderson, appeared a few years ago, and it’s more relevant than ever. I do notice that a number of bloggers now have taken up the message of this article, which is that English-Americans (or British-Americans, to be more ‘inclusive’ are the very ethnic/cultural foundation stone of America. To say that in so many words, though, invites a certain number of incensed replies from ethnic Americans, especially those of more recent immigrant origins. Nonetheless, just because some people feel offended or ‘excluded’ or insulted by stating that fact, does not invalidate it.

Henderson asks and answers his question at the beginning:

They are the glue that still holds the country together.

There are Irish-Americans, Scots-Americans, and Scotch-Irish-Americans. There are Polish-Americans, German-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Chinese-Americans, and a host of other hyphenated citizens. Why are there no English-Americans?”

The whole piece is well worth reading, especially in light of the point I have been attempting to make on this blog: that English-Americans must acknowledge their own identity and assert it, rather than attempting to evade it as some seem to be intent on doing.

Henderson points out that Census figures from 1980, showed that English-Americans were not as scarce as people nowadays assume:

The English are a significant demographic group to this day. The 1980 census showed that 26.34 percent of the white American population reported English ancestry (49,598,035). German heritage was just behind at 26.14 percent, followed by Irish (21.33 percent), French (6.85 percent), Italian (6.47 percent), and Scottish (4.34 percent).”

But why, in recent years, has it become so common for people to assert that ‘there are more German-Americans than any other ethnicity in this country.’ Hardly a week goes by that I don’t read that somewhere in blog comment sections. German-Americans are very insistent on making themselves the dominant American, or at least White American, ethnic group. But as Henderson’s article says, how can so many English-Americans have disappeared since that 1980 census? Are there that many more German-Americans being born?

Henderson answers that more recent immigrant ancestors (say, one or possibly two German immigrant grandparents) win out over ancestors whose origins in England were 400  or so years ago. Also, more exotic or colorful ancestry is seen as preferable to ‘generic, White-bread, English-speaking’ ancestry.

Also there’s this sad fact:

There is also the pressure of political correctness that casts WASPs (into which category almost all English-Americans would fall) as an abusive, exploitative group. That may discourage some from identifying as English.”

No doubt it does. I could cite many, many examples of outright loathing of ‘WASPs’, expressed by people of other ethnicities, and yet few English-Americans will take their own side. Is it seen as ‘bad form’ to defend one’s own ethnic group? I was brought up to be well-mannered but I believe in countering slanders and lies with truth; in fact I think it an imperative, manners notwithstanding.

WASPs as an ‘abusive, exploitative group’; that’s a popular stereotype. Some people have to have someone to blame for their, or their group’s, shortcomings or misfortunes. The successful are always resented, envied, and often hated simply for that very quality. In fact, if people could only see it, the English fill the role in the context of the European-descended peoples that Whites fill vis-a-vis the rest of the world. Just transpose the names ‘Whites’ and ‘Englishmen’ and you will find that they receive the same condemnation from the ‘victim classes’ and the self-described underdogs of the world. The same.

When will it be acceptable for English-Americans to stop apologizing for our ancestors’ successes and strengths? Maybe on that day, people of English or Anglo-Saxon descent will not be reluctant to acknowledge their identity.

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5 thoughts on “From 2012: Where are English-Americans?

  1. Americans NEVER identify as English simply because it is too common. I myself (when I was young) identified as Norwegian based on my maternal Grandmother being from there. However, when I got older and researched family lines, the majority were from England on Dad’s side and Norway on Mom’s. That’s how Americans are.They love the Mother Country, but identify as American or pick the nearest “other.” The entire South, New England, and most of the West are English, just look at 80% of American names! DNA has shaken even the Irish who’s kin are the entire British Isles. Many claiming German are quietly shocked to discover they are more British and Scandinavian than Germanic. My My. Americans are different about that…I was one of them, even with a common ‘American’ name like Turner.

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  2. PS: There are probably now twice as many of English ancestry (part or full) in the USA as there are than England itself! Certainly the most “English” country in the world.

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  3. Hello Bonny Blue, I’ve been following your essays for some time, and feel your commentary an important contribution to the debate our white Identity. I am not pleased with ‘whiteness’, approving a more organic and ethnic identity as an Anglo- or Anglo-Irish. It makes a lot more sense with respect to my own family history as well as the region of the country I come from, considering it’s pioneer settlement. My wish is you continue your writing, even if sporadic. I’ve blogged several years myself, and have just returned from my second hiatus. Much of my absence is reckoned by the little ones the merciful Lord, Jehovah, has given our home. Things just get too busy and hectic to be more regular, but I am hoping this year will be a little different. One of the things that the so-called altright makes apparent to us as a lesson is the need to multiplatform in order to broadcast our ideas. At least, your blog ought to be linked to one of the more active altright sites since it deals very critically with Identity and is totally appropriate (I’ve asked OD to carry your work). Please continue your labors, and may there be more collaboration in the future with like-minded people on the same ideas.

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    • Hello Charles, Thanks very much for your comment. I have been wrestling with the question of whether to continue this blog (and my other one) for some months now. I’ve been on hiatus not just from burnout or discouragement but because of some fairly serious health concerns which have an uncertain outlook. Still this blog has exerted more of a personal pull on me than the other one, lately, and if I had to choose to continue one of the blogs it would be The Old Inheritance. I’ve been praying for some guidance as to what to do and maybe your comment will be an impetus for me to go on. I will give it some real thought.
      Thanks for your kind words, blessings to you and your family.
      – bonnyblue

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