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Old 08-06-2011, 12:18 PM
 
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People can call themselves whatever they wish, but if they really want ties with other countries or continents, the best thing might be for them to relocate back to those places. Americans shouldn't be so hung up on being non-American.
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:29 PM
 
Location: PA
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I call them black Americans. Who cares, really?
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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I call them black Americans. Who cares, really?
Apparently only the OP.
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the Eastern Seaboard.......
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I prefer the term Black American. A lot of folks fail to realize that not ALL "African" Americans originated in Africa.
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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Some say that blacks should not be referred to as African Americans because they have no relations with the African Continent while others say the term "black" takes the legacy away from slave ancestors who did not choose to leave Africa.
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:00 PM
 
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Some say that blacks should not be referred to as African Americans because they have no relations with the African Continent while others say the term "black" takes the legacy away from slave ancestors who did not choose to leave Africa.
here are the problems that people are touching on and dancing around;

1: how many black people who call themselves african-american, or any other hyphenated american, have a dual citizenship? i can tell you that very few do.

2: any time we hyphenate ourselves, we separate ourselves from what america truly is/was, and that is the melting pot of the world.

so if we call black people african-american, do we also call hispanic people mexican-americans? do we call asian people chinese/japanese.korean/vietnamese/(insert asian country here)-americans? and what about people like me who have several nationalities mixed together? i have german, norweigian, french, scotch, irsih, indian(aka native american), and hispanic blood lines in my family. what do you call me since nothing truly fits.

in the end people who are citizens of this country are AMERICANS and we need to be proud of that, otherwise we are going to completely tear this country apart.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Some say that blacks should not be referred to as African Americans because they have no relations with the African Continent while others say the term "black" takes the legacy away from slave ancestors who did not choose to leave Africa.
can't you find something important to worry about???

NIta
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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My black friends have told me they prefer to be called "black," not "African American" - wh/ makes sense to me. I am Swiss and Scot . . . I don't wanna be called Swiss/Scot American, lol.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:37 PM
 
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here are the problems that people are touching on and dancing around;

1: how many black people who call themselves african-american, or any other hyphenated american, have a dual citizenship? i can tell you that very few do.

2: any time we hyphenate ourselves, we separate ourselves from what america truly is/was, and that is the melting pot of the world.

so if we call black people african-american, do we also call hispanic people mexican-americans? do we call asian people chinese/japanese.korean/vietnamese/(insert asian country here)-americans? and what about people like me who have several nationalities mixed together? i have german, norweigian, french, scotch, irsih, indian(aka native american), and hispanic blood lines in my family. what do you call me since nothing truly fits.

in the end people who are citizens of this country are AMERICANS and we need to be proud of that, otherwise we are going to completely tear this country apart.

I agree with the above, especially the bolded area. But did want to add that anyone considered a "minority" is always dubbed as such with their nationality. Those with chinese/japanese/korean/vietnamese are typically called Asian Americans. Those with ties to Latin and Central America a typically called Hispanic Americans. The only group who does not have this association really are white Americans and that is not to say that many do not consider themselves Irish Americans or Italian Americans because some do.

I do not call myself African American because I am not African. Both sides of my family have been in this country since the 1700s so I consider myself and my lineage more American than the average white American since the majority of white Americans are 3rd or 4rth generation Americans when I am around 8th generation American. Also, most black people have mixed ancestry as well. I have both native and European ancestry as well as African.

That said, people can call themselves whatever they want. I have no problem with black people calling themselves AAs. My husband does and it doesn't bother me. It doesn't really matter since we are all American anyway.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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Just wanted to ask OP:

Why is it important to distinguish which of us were slaves? Should we be identifying which of us descends from someone who owned slaves? Should we identify which Americans came here after 1900?

My family, both sides, came here prior to 1750. Should I be able to identify myself somehow (other than DAR membership, lol) as an "original American" since my ancestors fought (and some died) in the Revolutionary War?

Why isn't it enough that we are all simply - Americans?
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