A wonderful friend posted a quotation lamenting the use of the hyphen to make distinctions among Americans. This quotation pled with citizens to not see themselves as defined by a hyphenated particular, but rather as simply American. As I considered the issue, I shared these thoughts:
"A complex and soul stirring issue. I am proud to be an American yet reality has taught me that I must always deal with those who see my exterior appearance and culturally identifying attributes as reasons to consider me a lesser American. I don't necessarily mind the hyphen, unless it is misunderstood as a 'minus sign'."
Even so, I soldier on!