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She became a US citizen in 2007 and is still a citizen of South Africa. That almost makes her case even stronger. Most Afr-Amers are not still citizens of African countries. Like I told Junkseller, I'm confused.
Eric Dierker says
I believe Martin L King said, " I want all men, black or white, to sit at dinner as men." So, how can we be a melting pot and segregate ourselves at the same time by hyphens? If you are an American citizen, you are American. No hyphen needed.
I agree, but most of these people's knowledge of their heritage doesn't go back further than ancestor's arrival to America. That's what changes it from a heritage thing to a race thing. Is that not the origin of racism?
Maybe I'm confused.
I don't think many of them don't know where they ultimately came from or how they got here. That shared heritage has meaning. Maybe African American isn't the perfect term, but what would be?
Who knows, I could be equally confused.
American seems best, but not perfect. I'm sorry, but I can't help think that people with hyphens are holding on to an excuse to pick and choose what parts of our society they adhere to and blaming their heritage for the parts they don't.
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