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Black vs. African American

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by DEBuckeye, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    I was debating this with someone the other day- why is it that we have to use the phrase "African American" when referring to a black person, but it's ok to refer to a white person as "white"?

    I have a friend who lives here with his wife- both are from Kenya. Now that's what I consider an African American. But the black people who were born and raised in Philly, but want to be called African American? They're no more "African" than the rest of us.

    But it's ok to call me white without worrying about my feelings or my roots. (I couldn't care less, by the way...) If we're going to run around doing this, then I should be referred to as a German American, even though I was born and raised here in the US.

    It just doesn't make sense to me.
  2. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    then I wanna be called an Germanativeirish american. yeah... that's right, I said it germanativeirish
  3. powerlifter

    powerlifter ▪█───────█

    I've seen these type of discussions a million times. They usually end up someone pulling out a racism card. You have everyone of different races saying things about racism. You can't say green without an alien taking offense.
  4. JXC

    JXC 17-3 since 2001

    I thought it was now PC to say "black" instead of "African-American." Plus, there are many black people in the USA whose family didn't come from Africa, but instead came from a country that's not in Africa, like Cuba. A black person from Cuba certainly is not an African-American. I mean, some people have black skin, some people have white skin, some people are in the middle. That's just the facts. Just call people whatever you want to call people. If you are saying it with good intentions and are not ignorant to the world, then you are fine. Sure you may piss somebody off, but heck, people get pissed off at anything, it doesn't have to be about race. You can't open your mouth without pissing SOMEBODY off. Frankly, when I see one of those ethnic/racial "please check here which applies" boxes, I want to make my own box and put Human next to it and check that one off.

    Something I find more interesting then this debate is why if somebody is like 25% black and 75% white, that they are almost always seen as black.
  5. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    I actually asked one of my grad school professors who was black if the term "black" was derogatory in his eyes and said "No" and that he saw no problem with calling people "black."
  6. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    How dare you imply that aliens are only green. What type of bigot are you? As you can see from this photo, not every alient is green:

  7. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    "look to the cookie Elaine, look to the cookie"
  8. buckeyefool

    buckeyefool He's back and better than ever!

    If all aleins are green explain this.

  9. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    Interesting....the last two posts on this thread provide evidence for a theory of mine: Seinfeld and/or the Simpsons have addressed every topic known to man.
  10. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    :slappy: "It's funny, 'cause it's true! White people are soooo lame". -Homer
  11. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Black. Clinton says black. Kerry says African-American. I'll go with Bill on this one.
  12. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    I think that is the safe bet...Clinton was the first Black President. I've yet to figure that one out for myself, but people claim he was simply a "brother of a different mother." :roll1:
  13. powerlifter

    powerlifter ▪█───────█

    LMAOOOOOOO...I should have known not to make a generalization like that..
  14. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    what if you're black and you live in kenya. are you african american?

    damn, i maxed out BuckStocks rep in one post. look at all my clout :biggrin:
  15. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    We're not allowed talking about rep remember?

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