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5,937 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 15 years ago by neon

Does the term `African-American` appear to be racist to you?


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18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 11:08:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
no, but "Afro-American" def. is
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 11:24:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
It doesn't appear to be racist, because it's just a way of describing descent. But it always makes me think of a line from a Frank McCourt book, wherein he says that in America you can't just be an American; you have to be something plus American. I wish we could find a way to express pride in our heritage without stating divisions up front, be they racial or otherwise.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 11:30:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
...but it is not a way of describing descent--it excludes anyone with African ancestry that isn't Black. If it were the equivalent of Italian-American, Irish-American, etc. it would be fine.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 11:33:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
True, CD. Senegalese-American would be different. Many immigrants from Africa have a lot of issues with the racial climate in the U.S. but I don't want to get started on that.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 11:37:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
no, but it is patronizing. most black people prefer "black".
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 12:01:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it as more as an inclusive term expressing that people of African descent are equally American as anybody else.
Of course there are always people who want to turn things on their head for thaI think it as more as an inclusive term expressing that people of African descent are equally American as anybody else.
Of course there are always people who want to turn things on their head for that reason the whole ____/American thing is hoplessly f*cked up but then again isn't their entire country?
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 2:33:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
It depends. Not all blacks are from Africa. It might be to them. What about the ones that were borned here and have nothing to do with Africa. They might be 4th generation americans so how can they be called African-american.

18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 2:37:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Jesus Christ this place is like Punxsutawney I swear it.

Morons, your bus is leaving!

18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 2:48:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Jarhead, are you for real?

Did Jarhead see his shadow?

18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 6:31:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
wow jarhead....wow....
anyway no one really uses the term african american except jesse jackson and other lybral idiots. most people say blacks or nig-gers
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 8:42:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
never really thought about it that way, so no
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 9:07:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Political correctness has gone too far.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 9:15:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
To me, it's distinguishing, if I had to say anything. While it normally pertains just to blacks, I dont think it should. Because I know almost 2 dozen people from Africa (they either moved here directly from Africa or their parents did) and *none* of them consider themselves "African-Americans", they're just Africans. I think African-American was a term some white guy came up with to make black people feel better.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 9:18:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think the term is racist, but it is ignorant. Jarhead is right. It's like calling a white guy Italian even though he is Irish just because the guy is white - no one would do that, so why is it done to black people? By the way Buddyloki, I don't use either of those terms and actually do not know anyone that does.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 9:22:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
The term in not racist. It mearly destinguishes a group of people.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 9:28:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is the only appropriate term.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 9:33:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
"It is the only appropriate term." -- Explain yourself, because that is one of the dumbest things said on this thread.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 9:41:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it's racists, but it doesn't seem correct.

I mean, you wouldn't call every hispanic "Mexican American", becuase you don't know if they are even from Mexico, or a completely different country. An "African American" could be from England or Asia or Australia or anywhere else, not necessarily from Africa.

18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 10:48:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
so squiggles what do you call black people?
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 1:11:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
Why do you need qualifiers?

The term "African-American" is racist as it pertains to only black people.

There are many other peoples that come from Africa who are not black, but they are excluded based on the colour of their skin.

18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 5:12:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
to me it is not necessarily racist but i agree with neon
I have never considered myself an african american, i am a jamaican american if anything but i prefer black
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 5:29:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Don't the "people who come from Africa" that are not black and are American citizens have their own happy name though?

What other people that come from Africa would that be and is your definition of "coming from Afica" based upon the same definitives as the race police?

18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 5:33:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Bgraham23 said it
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 5:53:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
There are a people called Berbers that live in the north of Africa and are ethnically distinct from Arabs. The Kabyle are one example of this.
They are African, but yet if they are US citizens, they cannot be African-American, because they are not black, even though they come from Africa.

I also know of black people who live in America and are constantly called "African American" when they are not American.

18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 5:53:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
How many Berber-Americans do you know?

And Kabyle-Americans. do you think that the Americans establishment need addresses the issue of these minority groups for any particular reason apart from semantic correctness. I imagine that Berbers would be grouped as Arabic as they would be in the UK under government demographics. If they felt strongly about it they could always choose "other"

As for non-Americans, I don't see how Americans define each other has anything to do with how they mistake foreigners for citizens.
It's entirely irrelevant.


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