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Tolik, I think regional and ethnic pride is a good thing, under the umbrella of being an American of course. I’m proud to be a New Englander and of the role we had in getting this country started, “shot heard ’round the world” and all. In the 1600’s my English ancestors were part of the beginnings of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, my Dutch ancestors the beginnings of New Amsterdam (now NYC), and my French the beginnings of Quebec. I take pride in my famine Irish ancestors being survivors in world that saw no value in them, and of my 1800’s German ancestors leaving all they knew to pursue opportunity denied them at home. None of this however supplants being proud to be an American. Nor does having deep roots make me more of an American than freedom is. That is the beauty of this country.