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African - American is a statement of origin, not a race.
Real Africans and Real Europeans.
Sherlock Holmes and Charleze Theron
I pay close attention to words and what they mean. Not what they have been twisted into meaning by some group or by slang. For instance, the word gay. Gay has been hijacked by homosexuals who would rather be called a word that has nothing to do with them than to be called half a word that would be a better description, as in homo. Homo has been hijacked by people who don't like them and made it a slang term to demean them but could actually describe a few other things such as milk (Homogenized) and humans (Homo sapiens). There are several more of those terms but that is not why I wrote this Hub.
Jennifer Lopez is Not Mexican.
I wrote this Hub because Black people have decided to call themselves African - American.
Why can't we all be Americans?
You probably call Hispanic people Mexicans when you hear them speaking Spanish. When, in fact, there are many different countries where Spanish is the dominant language that person could have came from which would make them anything but a Mexican if that is the case. take Jennifer Lopez for instance. She isn't Mexican.
Is that Racist?
No, that is Prejudiced.
Ah haaa! Another hijacked word!
Racist, for the love of all that is holy, look it up and actually read the definition.
This Hub will probably be dubbed by some as racist or prejudiced.
Those people are ignorant and should never be allowed to read again!
Ignorant! Look it up and actually read the definition.
Forget it! You are all too lazy to look it up so I will include the appropriate link to the definitions of pertinent words contained herein.
Ah haaaa! You thought I was being prejudiced while in fact I was being Bigoted because I was intolerant of the opinion you formed in reference to my Hub.
Now, we have defined several words and are very clear on the meaning of each let us move on to why we are not hyphenated people and just good Americans.
Seal, Not African Nor American, but he is Black.
Black people fought for years to be treated as equal in the USA. Now, equal has been achieved but some argue it has not. I cannot think of one thing that black people are excluded from other than Hockey and that's Canadian irrelevancy anyway.
Why, after years of real struggle, do you achieve equality then demand to be different by being called something that confuses?
Yes, African - American confuses. You call yourself that simply because you are black and that confuses. Unless you were born in Africa then later became an American citizen, that title makes no sense to this Nomadic - European - American.
The Pictures and an Egyptian.
As you have probably noticed the pictures posted of Africans and Europeans do not fit the usual conception of each. This is what confuses me about the title African - American.
I knew a guy from Egypt who moved here and became a citizen of the USA. He isn't black but he is from Africa and became a citizen here which fits the criteria for the African - American title to make sense but he considers himself an American.
Am I missing something?
The Definitions You Need to Read
Definition of misnomer from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Definition of ignorant from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Definition of bigot from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Definition of prejudice from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Definition of racism from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary