In this age of increasing divisiveness, societal fragmentation and paralyzing identity politics, perhaps one contributing factor is our reference to ourselves and others in categories of hyphenated Americans (Irish-American, Italian-American, Mexican-American, African-American, Chinese-American, etc.).
These designations recognize our diverse heritage as the first priority and our nationality as a secondary priority. I suggest that reversing the order of designation might better emphasize what we have in common — choosing to be Americans — over our inherited genetic origins (Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Africa, China, etc.), which were beyond our control. Try it, it might make a difference in how you see yourself and others.
Geoffrey R. McKee