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Old 01-06-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Just for discussion, does anyone feel the term "African American" does more to divide our country than unify it?

Look at a number of other countries. Belize, for example, has people of many different colors and ancestries. There are people whose bloodline originated in Africa, India, China, Mexico, etc. but noone is referred to as "African Belizean" or "European Belizean". They are just "Belizean".

Do you think we should all be just "American" or should we have more of an individual identity to display our ancestry? Would our country be more unified? How could we be more unified even with those titles?

Discuss.

 
Old 01-06-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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I think black people started the African-American thing to have their own identity. But I don't think its necessary anymore.
 
Old 01-06-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I despise the term. I have a friend who is caucasian and was born in South Africa to a South African mother and American father. He now lives in the US. I have another friend who is an ethnic Indian born in Malawi and raised in Malawi, India, UK & US. He is now a naturalized US citizen. Both of these guys like to refer to themselves as African Americans to make a mockery of the term. The reality of it is that they are both truly African Americans where the majority of black Americans are not.
 
Old 01-06-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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I despise the term. I have a friend who is caucasian and was born in South Africa to a South African mother and American father. He now lives in the US. I have another friend who is an ethnic Indian born in Malawi and raised in Malawi, India, UK & US. He is now a naturalized US citizen. Both of these guys like to refer to themselves as African Americans to make a mockery of the term. The reality of it is that they are both truly African Americans where the majority of black Americans are not.
That misses the point, as it is a term more in relation to the ancestry of origin, not a geographic or continental tag.

As for other countries, there are some that have people of African descent that have become more conscious culturally and use the tag more.
 
Old 01-06-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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That misses the point, as it is a term more in relation to the ancestry of origin, not a geographic or continental tag.

As for other countries, there are some that have people of African descent that have become more conscious culturally and use the tag more.
I respectfully disagree. The point is that once you are in America and are an American citizen, you are an AMERICAN. Leave all the other labels off. As long as we keep using other labels (white, latino, african american, muslim etc...) we will be a nation divided.
 
Old 01-06-2010, 12:43 PM
 
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I respectfully disagree. The point is that once you are in America and are an American citizen, you are an AMERICAN. Leave all the other labels off. As long as we keep using other labels (white, latino, african american, muslim etc...) we will be a nation divided.
Labels don't divide people, people do that to themselves and when you don't ACCEPT/TOLERATE the reality of the "diversity" of cultures that your country has, that's when it becomes a problem. Why can't I accept you as a White, Black, Asian, "Hispanic" person? At the end of the day, there are differences, but they shouldn't matter.
 
Old 01-06-2010, 12:44 PM
 
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By the way, why isn't this in the Politics and Controversies board?
 
Old 01-06-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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By the way, why isn't this in the Politics and Controversies board?
Because it pertains to the US, and this is the General US board. If the moderators want it moved then so be it.
 
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Location: Ohio
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By the way, why isn't this in the Politics and Controversies board?
There are two threads below, updated in the last 60 days on this topic in that forum. Since this is a controversy, I recommend the discussion continue in one of those threads. This thread is closed.

Why must blacks call themselves African Americans?

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