So I posted this question on my Facebook page the other day -- White folks, do you really call yourselves European-Americans?--and was bombarded with responses.
On Sunday I was listening to this otherwise wonderful lecture on diversity, but the White, er, I mean European-American gentleman speaking kept referring to himself and other White people as European Americans and I couldn't help but cringe every time he said it. The term just sounded so forced and ridiculous. Like maybe Mr. Speaker ingested a little too much diversity training. But then when I thought about it, why is that any different than Black people calling themselves African-American. Personally, I refer to myself as a Black American because I feel strongly that Black America is a unique cultural group. It's why I capitalize Black, because it's my culture not a color. I wrote about this in a post here on the Meltingpot.
But still I want to know; White Folks, do you refer to yourselves as White or European-American? And please tell me why.
I am really listening because at the end of the day, as long as you're not referring to yourselves as something offensive, you should be able to self-identify anyway you'd like. And I will respect that.