ANSWERS: 36
  • Where I live I see this quite frequently on gas stations, convience stores, restaurants etc. And I DO think it is offensive as a matter of fact...
  • I wouldn't be offended. Haven't you guys seen asian signs on store or spanish signs and not known what the hell they were? You'll see the words Vietamase owned, Korean owned, Mexican owned so I'm delighted to see American owned in America!
  • I've never seen a restaurant do that, so I guess I'd think it was a bit odd. I have seen clothes with labels that tell us they are American-made and the purpose of that is to let you know that you are supporting American labor versus things farmed out to other countries where labor is cheap and people who work in those industries are exploited!:)
  • Not at all. Is it racist? No. It is patriotic though (Americans first). Initially it sounds racist. If you hear it it sounds pro-white and racist but there are insane amounts of americans who aren't white and are very proud of thier citizenship here. I think that if it offends you then maybe you are misreading the sign. It is a little wierd that you'd see that sign on a restaurant though.
  • Wouldn't bother me at all. Proud to be an American, and living here in America. What's wrong with that? Why do we always feel we are going to offend someone who left their origin to come here. :) If you went to another country and a sign on their restaurant said owned and operated by *---*....would it really bother you? Just my opinion...not meant to offend anyone. :) Btw, Rosie.. I like your answer :)
  • I wouldn't be offended. The way I see it.. Being proud to be American has nothing to do with race, religion, or anything like that...It doesn't even have to mean they were born in this country -- only that they are glad to be here now. If anything, I am more bothered by American companies that send so many of their jobs overseas (taking them away from Americans) than I am by companies that are willing to hire my friends and neighbors.
  • Such advertisements are meant to draw contrast to immigrant owned and operated establishments. These advertisements are common in the hotel and motel industry where immigrants own many of the establishments. The ads play to a certain xenophobia amongst Americans. What people don't seem to realize is that immigrants who own restaurants/motels/hotels are trying to live the American Dream too... They just haven't naturalized yet. A restaurant, motel, or hotel should stand on its own merits, and not receive business just because of pandering to misplaced fear and "pride."
  • no i wouldnt, you see chinese owned and run restaurants everywhere so why would what type of food the restaurant sells offend.
  • It wouldn't bother me at all, although I would probably be reluctant to use it as I would expect a menu of burgers and fries. I know it's a stereotype and may not be accurate, but it's what I would expect.
  • Not offensive but very weird. Don't understand just what the purpose would be. I don't care if it's American owned or operated. American is a very broad designation and I've been served very good meals by people of many nationalities:-)
  • As one having been lived in America as well as in different regions of Europe and as a human being I must say I cannot,should not classify americans.I know many of them hate Bush which in my case turned into ignorance and I know people are people,they are stupid if they want to and feel superiour if they think it makes them bigger.
  • No different than any other patriotic act.
  • I would find that to be totally unnecessary. I don't check citizenship papers when I go out to eat. I let my hunger dictate which restaurant that I choose.
  • American owned would be ok. But operated sounds kind of funny.
  • Hey, the truth is the truth. You would be surprised at how many businesses, in America, are owned by foreigners. BP gas is owned by the British Citgo is owned by the Egyptians But, good old Marathon is owned by Americans! See what difference it makes?
  • I would not find it offensive at all, actually I find it rather comforting, because i believe that if you are either born in or legal alien you are american and you should be proud of it and want to keep jobs for americans.
  • No, not offensive. This sign tells me of a very boring, predictable and fatening menu.
  • Offended? Well. I obviously don't live in America, so I'd just think...I don't know what I'd think. 'Oh right, so?' I still think that's a bit weird, though. Do people actually do that? What does it matter?
  • I find this Not offensive. I am proud to see someone still operating a business that has not been taken over by a foreign country. America is America. Whats ours should stay ours. Its like becoming a naturalizd citizen of the United States. you are now an American, not an Afro-American or Chinese-American. I feel that patriotism is really lacking in America. Had most people been in the military, you would understand what it means to be loyal to America, its people and its businesses. I realize i am in the minority here. I guess its just a sign of the times.
  • not if we make Made in America as respected as it once was!
  • I wouldn't be offended, but I might think it odd.
  • No, dont think so.
  • Uh....no, LOL.
  • What's offensive about stating who the building is owned by? indian restaurants are owned by indian people and they state it as well so why not have a go at them.
  • Not offensive, but kinda pointless at least in America.
  • No, I think signs like these are trying to say that they don't send jobs overseas (although probably not the case for a restaurant) or that they don't hire illegal immigrants.
  • PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN BABY!!! Nothing wrong with immigrants (legal) but there is nothing wrong with being proud of being an American either! Personally, I'd be more likely to patronize a resteraunt that is proud of America's heritage rather than one who shuns it or is embarrassed by it. GO RED WHITE AND BLUE!!!
  • I would frequent it more often
  • I wouldn't be offended in the least.
  • No I would not, how many indian restaurants do you know that employ white people? The same rule applies here.
  • Why would anyone find something offensive about that. Unless they also added they only serve Americans on the sign.
  • I don't find that offensive at all.
  • No not at all I dont see why anyone would
  • No, not at all.

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