Why the term African American?

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    I truely don't care what the color of your skin is, but I can't help wonder why people use the African American term over let's say just American. hell maybe I will demand to be called German American. Lets face it some black people in this country aren't anymore African American than I am. LOL.
     
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    I think it was originally coined by Jesse Jackson in the eighties. But, hey, if you can't beat 'em...join 'em. I can see it now - you'll have European Americans, Australian Americans, New Zealand Americans, Argentinian Americans, Iraqi Americans, Icelandic Americans, People's Republic of China Americans...and even American Americans.

    As for me, I'm quite happy as a Roman Norse Gallic Spartan Saxony Brit.:confused:
     
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    lol.
     
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    I guess you didn't grow up in urban America where Italian, Irish, Polish, German, Swede,.......flags are flown from porches and where there are ethnic parades celebrating the heritage of people's parents, grand parents, great grand...?

    another case of ME Syndrome: Melanin Envy


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    yet you can't STFU about it can you?
     
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    that's it---I have mealnin deprivation syndrome
    got any spare change ?:cool:
     
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    I've always thought it was a stupid term and use "Black" instead. You can be black and have no African heritage at all, and you can be white and be from Africa, so the term only serves to confuse.

    It reminds me of the white student from South Africa that wasn't eligible for his schools "Distinguished African-American Student" award and was suspended over it: White African-American boy not 'black' enough for award

    It seems silly that an American kid from Africa can't be honored by an award for African American students. He was probably the only kid in the school that was actually African American.
     
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    I'm afraid we have just scratched the suface of things that make no sense.
     
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    Keep scratching this subject makes me itch. :tongue:
     
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    turn around hon :lol:
     

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