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Some blacks insist: 'I'm not African-American' (Breaking news?)
Yahoo ^ | 2/04/12 | JESSE WASHINGTON

Posted on 02/05/2012 7:49:11 AM PST by Libloather

Some blacks insist: 'I'm not African-American'
By JESSE WASHINGTON | Associated Press – 21 hrs ago

The labels used to describe Americans of African descent mark the movement of a people from the slave house to the White House. Today, many are resisting this progression by holding on to a name from the past: "black."

For this group — some descended from U.S. slaves, some immigrants with a separate history — "African-American" is not the sign of progress hailed when the term was popularized in the late 1980s. Instead, it's a misleading connection to a distant culture.

The debate has waxed and waned since African-American went mainstream, and gained new significance after the son of a black Kenyan and a white American moved into the White House. President Barack Obama's identity has been contested from all sides, renewing questions that have followed millions of darker Americans:

What are you? Where are you from? And how do you fit into this country?

"I prefer to be called black," said Shawn Smith, an accountant from Houston. "How I really feel is, I'm American."

"I don't like African-American. It denotes something else to me than who I am," said Smith, whose parents are from Mississippi and North Carolina.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: african; american; blacks
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1 posted on 02/05/2012 7:49:24 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Since the government decided to classify people as hyphenated Americans maybe they should revert to states as in New York-American or Oklahoma-American ... /s

The US is the only country in the world that classifies its citizens.

2 posted on 02/05/2012 7:54:55 AM PST by SkyDancer ("Never Have Regrets Because At The Time It Was Exactly What You Wanted")
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To: Libloather

Identity crisis! They went fron negro to black to egyptian to african American. HOW ABOUT AMERICAN FIRST AND FORMOST


3 posted on 02/05/2012 7:55:47 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: SkyDancer

India?


4 posted on 02/05/2012 7:55:51 AM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: Libloather
Black is certainly better than the stupid term, "African American," but negro is better than black as it does not carry the negative connotations that the word black has; e.g., black heart, black plague, black death; etc.

This term African American is so stupid. Is a person of West Indian descent such as Colin Powell African American? I'm glad that some blacks are waking up to this.

5 posted on 02/05/2012 7:56:54 AM PST by Stepan12
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To: Libloather

Smith, whose parents are from Mississippi and North Carolina.

Why those places aren’t even in the Union.
Dang Confed-Americans./s

It’s time we considered ourselves just plain American,
and all spoke the same language.


6 posted on 02/05/2012 7:59:11 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Libloather

African < American
is what is really mean


7 posted on 02/05/2012 8:01:26 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: NakedRampage

Don’t think so. In India their citizens are not hyphenated. It’s a cast system. It’s different altogether.


8 posted on 02/05/2012 8:01:26 AM PST by SkyDancer ("Never Have Regrets Because At The Time It Was Exactly What You Wanted")
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To: Libloather

My favorite African-American is Charlize Theron.


9 posted on 02/05/2012 8:02:13 AM PST by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: Libloather

They need to go back to this term:

http://tfdf.org/blog/2011/09/01/back-when-we-were-negroes/


10 posted on 02/05/2012 8:03:45 AM PST by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Libloather

Now if we could also get rid of hyphenated marriages!


11 posted on 02/05/2012 8:03:45 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Libloather
I have an “African-American” friend. He was born in South Africa, and emigrated to the US and became a citizen here. He is truly “African-American”. His skin color is white. What does this make him?
12 posted on 02/05/2012 8:04:04 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Libloather

There are so many labels that could be applied to me, and labels that have been applied to the people from whom I descend in the past. I honestly don’t care, so long as it’s not intended as a slur.

Stop worrying about it, accept any categorization not meant to denigrate, and just be. That’s my suggestion.


13 posted on 02/05/2012 8:04:11 AM PST by RegulatorCountry (+)
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To: Libloather

Black American, OK, how about saying white American, yellow American, brown American, and red American, Uhhhhhhh? Why not just, American, born in the USA?


14 posted on 02/05/2012 8:05:21 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO YOU ELECT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT!)
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To: Libloather
Some blacks insist: 'I'm not African-American'

The socialists will be displeased. The brain washing isn't having the desired effect.

15 posted on 02/05/2012 8:09:24 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

They can be American African or Negro, their choice. I guess they didn’t care for ‘Colored’ as an option?


16 posted on 02/05/2012 8:12:14 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: ronnie raygun

WHITES can be AFRICAN American too.

Anyway calling blacks African American seems to not know or understand that the continent has millions of white and suntanned people.


17 posted on 02/05/2012 8:15:50 AM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: ronnie raygun

HOW ABOUT AMERICAN FIRST AND FORMOST”

Roger that. If someone identifies them self as Mexican American I presume they are Mexican first therefore to me they are mexican. Same with Africans or any other hyphenated critters. A person identifys their loyalties by rank order so I should respect that


18 posted on 02/05/2012 8:16:07 AM PST by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Libloather

I’ll go with the Shawn Smith mentioned in the article... Why don’t we just leave it at “American”?

The only people still playing the race card are the ones with a vested interest in maintaining a divided nation. And, they don’t even bother trying to hide it these days.

Charlie Rangel
Sheila Jackson-Lee
Jesse Jackson
Al Sharpton
and on, and on, and on...


19 posted on 02/05/2012 8:18:11 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: Libloather

Oh I get to cite one of my universal laws.

Any minority eventually will reject any label once the label has been adopted by the majority.


20 posted on 02/05/2012 8:18:15 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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