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Charlise Theron, actress- Dave Matthews, music. Why do we never refer to them as African-Americans?


I wonder how many people, when they hear the term "African- American", they assume that person is black. In a day and age that it seems like everyone is offended by something or someone, should these two and many others, (especially from South Africa) be offended by black people labeling themselves with this and not including the white African-Americans as part of the group? Is this sterortype created by blacks the very stereotype or profile that they complain about so much? Should the term be considered " politically incorrect" like half the English language? What's your take on this?

 

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    IDONO 3 years ago

    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.


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    IDONO 3 years ago

    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.

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    IDONO 3 years ago

    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.