African-American???

@sconibear (8010)
United States
October 12, 2009 9:49am CST
So, I was watching this movie today, and the cops in the movie find a dead guy in a car who had been shot to death. The man also happened to be black. When the one cop called it in, he said, "male.........African-American......5'10".......etc." I also notice this on the news. Let's say a black person commits a crime or a black person is missing........they always list them as African-American under the description. Why is it be assumed that just because they're black they must be African-American??? How do we know they're not Jamaican-Brazilian??? Or French-Somalian??? Or Cuban-Antarctican??? And if they're a U.S. citizen, shouldn't they just be American.....maybe black American........but American all the same. I mean we don't call a white man Irish-American or English-American or Scandinavian-American, so why is it we classify a black person as African-American??? I know there's such a thing as dual citizenship but I highly doubt the vast majority of black people in this country are also citizens of Africa. Maybe I should have posted this under "Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm" How do you like your coffee???
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
12 Oct 09
This is part of the PC politics. You identify people by groups and then pit one against the other. Blacks against whites, old against younger, Men against women, gays against straights, etc. We are all americans and need the same rights.
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
12 Oct 09
I think you've got it. It's all rooted to the ignorance of racism and prejudice.
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@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
12 Oct 09
I like my coffee like I like my Man (creamy, sweet, and delicious!) I always wondered why we say African American, too. I would be misidentified completely if being ID'd by judging ethnicity. go 'head, You can guess if you wanna! Totally cant tell!
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
13 Oct 09
OK grasshopper...........here goes.......... You're Swedish-Puerto Rican-Amish-Bangladashi-French-Venutian-Texan-Russian-American RIGHT?
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
13 Oct 09
nope.... you missed completely!
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
13 Oct 09
That's what I get for cutting carrots out of my diet..............not even sure what that means.
• United States
12 Oct 09
And what about all the WHITE people in Africa (they do exist), if they come here and naturalize and have kids, they would be REAL "African-Americans" even though they are not black!
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
12 Oct 09
Excellent point Kitty........does anybody remember A P A R T H E I D ?
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• United States
12 Oct 09
Not just South Africa, other countries in Africa have white people too! My mom is from Grenada (in the West Indies), and she is white. About 1% or 2% of all Grenadian people are white and most people there are a little bit of everything. I can't tell you how many ties people have said to me upon learning of my Grenadian heritage, "You don't LOOK black!" DUH! I once dated a guy who's sister tried to tell him that he should never marry me because I'd end up giving him a black baby. That was wrong on so many levels I dind't even know where to begin! So I just told her to go to hell and left it at that. I dumped the guy, because looking at his family, I was afraid he'd give me a MORON baby. LOL
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
12 Oct 09
Isn't Dave Mathews from South Africa? Kitty, good move dumping the potential toxic gene pool!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 09
Cream and sugar.. This is an emotional thing, not a logical thing...
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
12 Oct 09
I have a specific way I like my coffee too.........but how can cream and sugar be an emotional thing???
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 09
the african-american label ding dong...
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
12 Oct 09
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
13 Oct 09
I have no answer for you, I've often wondered it myself. I like my coffee with Vanilla creamer and splenda.
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
13 Oct 09
mmmmmmmm.......I love the french vanilla creamer.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
13 Oct 09
Well, it IS the BEST!!!
@JohnJeff (722)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 09
Are you want to discuss about African-American or coffee?.Well, i'm proud to be Malaysian. Malaysia Boleh!.
• Indonesia
13 Oct 09
Well sconibear... I think African-American just only term to make listener understood general description of the victim,it's not mean apartheid or something like that.
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
13 Oct 09
I think you're right igakkasay, but people have to remember that not all black people come from Africa. Welcome to myLot by the way.
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
12 Oct 09
People just assume Americans are white with light hair and eyes. Before the 60s this would have been true. Whites were like 90 % of the population back then but now are like 50-60% of the population. We're sort of seeing a different America now and things like African American, Hispanic American will no longer be necessary soon.
• United States
12 Oct 09
LOL one day all people around the world will simply be ... beige. Maybe one day all people around the world will simply be ... people.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
23 Oct 09
When I commit a crime, I want them to say a german, polish, french - American. This is how ridiculous this has become. for cryin out loud, call em white. Also, I am not a Caucasian I have no ancestors from Caucasus Mountains.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Oct 09
That is true though..Maybe it should be voted on. That way it gives people the choice of what they are to be called. I also think they could come up with a different word then Caucasian to...How do I like my coffee? I like my coffee with cream and sugar in it..and sometimes French Vanilla flavoring..
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
15 Oct 09
I will have to say it is a new thing. I used to work in a large town with alot of black people for about 10 years. About 5 years into my working there Some society (i forgot the name) thought that calling a person black was racism because we did not call mexicans tan or chinese people yellow ( I know this because there was a big thing on the news about this) The name used to not be African-American it was Afro-american and there was criticizing about that also so then they changed the name to African-American. These are bigger people making those rules. My friend used to joke around about saying if she was not black she did not know what color she was.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
14 Oct 09
Wow, that really made sense. I would most probably fall for this exact same mistake too. It's a bit different here in our country though. All chinky-eyed human being is "Chinese" even if the person is 100% Korean!
• United States
13 Oct 09
There was a time when African-Americans wanted to be called Negro and you were insulting them if you called them black. My parent's generation called them Colored people. My generation called them blacks because that's what they wanted. Now they want to be called African-Americans. I think changing from colored to black was to show the nation that they were proud to be black. "Say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud." Remember that, or are you too young? Then many African-Americans got an urge to visit their ancestral home and I suppose afterward they wanted to identify with their African roots, so they switched to African-American. I don't know why they keep changing their racial identification name. Maybe it's a way to keep pride strong, or maybe it's a way of saying - you can take us out of Africa, but you can't take Africa out of us. That's just my opinion. I really have no idea.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Oct 09
This annoys me, Sconibear. The fact that anybody has to be referred to as anything BUT American annoys me. It's one thing if that particular person WANTS to be referred to as 'purple-smokes-onions-american' but the average person just likes American, or perhaps their NAME. I also see no issue with black or white, so using those as descriptive terms is fine by me. If I were black, I would prefer to be mentioned as such, and NOT 'african american' because um sorry, there is little to no chance I would actually be african. I also don't like other terms, like 'indian-american' and 'asian-american' because it takes away from the fact that someone is just AMERICAN. Hello, if you live here, that's what you are if you're a citizen, right? I mean I hear about people who have dual citizenship in Canada and America and also perhaps England and America, but we don't go about calling those people 'Canadian-American' and English-American, do we? It also seems strange that people want to draw attention to being something specific. Everybody is ALREADY different, why draw attention to things for no reason. GAH. I hate it. I hate it. I HATE IT. And.. for the record, there are black people who are ENGLISH as in being from the UK, and I think they'd be highly offended they were referred to as 'african american' LOL! I take my coffee with flavored creamer most of the time. I don't like black coffee. LOL!
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
12 Oct 09
humm well let see how to explain it to you, now i am white because you had enough people of color that complain over silly things such as everyone else who always complain about things that why they had changed it. just like with people saying merry christmas or calling a christmas tree a christmas tree. because people in this mix of a place we call a world just assume that they know what everyone else wants to be called or what they want to be said. that is why. but i do agree with you how do they know that arent from another country instead of africa. you have a good point for sure hats off to you