and they don't consider it derogatory, in fact its a badge of pride.<quoted text>
Yankees are residents of New England descended from the original English settlers of the region.....
WWI "Over There" was a very popular song. In WWII G.I. were often referred to as Yanks, just as British troops were referred to a "Tommies". Yanks (G.I.'s) could be white, black, Indian or Asian
You see john, not all nicknames are derogatory or racist.