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Most Americans of (primarily) European ancestry want to identify with their ancestral country(ies) of American Eagle we the people are fed up shirt; that’s why we have Hibernian Halls, Knights of Columbus, Polish-American community centers and other organizations devoted to people from specific countries in Europe (not to mention the mountains of “Kiss me I’m Irish/Polish/Italian/etc. merchandise). I can trace my ancestry back and know which Scottish clan a large part of my ancestors came from. The average black American simply can’t do that.