Telegraph Herald: I’m a Dubuquer — and so are you

I’ve said it with pride all my life.

“I’m a Dubuquer,” I’d say, when people ask me where I’m from or how I ended up here. By that, I meant that I grew up in Dubuque.

Sure, we’ve all heard the newcomers’ lament that you have to be fourth-generation to really claim the title of Dubuquer. Actually, I would meet that standard, but I never really bought it.

In fact, I had just never thought much at all about the word and how Dubuquer might fall on some ears as a word of exclusion. But if we reserve the term Dubuquer for only those who have been here for generations, let’s face it: It becomes a label for white and mostly Catholic people.

Read more of Amy Gilligan’s column in the Telegraph Herald >

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