I first read about this last week over at Six Degrees of Blondness, and I've been so angry over it that I've waited to post, in the hope that I could calm down enough to form rational sentences. I'm not quite there yet, but I want to post it anyway, before it gets away from me.

The State of Michigan Department of Education is in the process of trying to remove the words "America" and "American" from public instruction in their state. This is purported to be in the interest of "Political Correctness".

"It is ethnocentric for the United States to claim the entire hemisphere."
— Karen Todorov, Michigan Department of Education

The Department of Education asserts that "Americans" includes Mexicans, Canadians and others in the Western Hemisphere, so referring to U.S. residents as Americans is inappropriate. In the department's view, "America" happens to include South, Central and North America.

No one ever meant to exclude the rest of the Western Hemisphere when they started calling citizens of the United States "Americans". (NOTE: I said "citizens", not "residents", which is how the article refers to Americans. Living in the United States doesn't make you an American; only citizenship can do that, and if you're a citizen, you're an American, no matter where you live. Isn't that right, Gunny?) Citizens of Mexico are "Mexicans". Citizens of Canada are "Canadians". Citizens of Brazil are "Brazilians". And CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE "AMERICANS". If not Americans, what should we be called? United Statians?

Although the style protocol does not require educators to change formal titles such as "America the Beautiful," the students will apparently now believe the song is about a hemisphere and not a nation. The American Revolution is now the North American Revolution. Little did the writers of the Contract with America in 1994 realize that they were making an agreement with Mexico and Canada. The Voice of America obviously is broadcasting the inspirational messages of Brazil and Belize across the globe.

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The folding money in my wallet (what little of it there is) says United States of America, not just "United States". Does Mexico's money (what little of it there is) say "Mexico of America?" (EDIT: It says "Los Estados Unidos de Mexico", or "The United States of Mexico" –MG) Does Canada's money (what little of it there is) say "Canada of America?". I think not!

Ask any person worldwide what the citizens of the United States are called, and they will tell you – AMERICANS. A few might say "Yankees", or even "Damn Yankees", but all in all everyone knows that when you refer to an "American", you mean someone who is a citizen of the United States.

This is just one more example of political correctness run amok. Read the article here.