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Why isn't the American r considered a vowel?

I think even before a vowel r has vowel-like characteristics - it only seems to fail as a vowel in not being able to function as a vowel on its own between or between consonants.
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What is the difference between [ɚ], [ɝ], [ɹ̩], and [ɻ̍]?

There's not necessarily a difference at all! It's like how there's not necessarily a difference between [j] and [i̯], or [d̥] and [t]. It's entirely possible to make two IPA characters that refer to ...
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