Why do people think it's OK to say Af...

Why do people think it's OK to say African American instead of black?

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Level 1

Since: Nov 12

Liverpool, UK

#1 Nov 26, 2012
In particular, Americans. Recently I was searching for hair tips for my natural hair, and I came across "... for African American hair." I mean people need to stop using this term as a replacement for black. I'm black, I'm African, however I'm not American. Why not just use the word black or 'Afro', African Americans aren't the only black people in the world! They make up about 2% of the black population in the world, so why is it OK to refer to all blacks as AM? And a question on Yahoo came up asking if there were any African Americans in Europe, or if European people date African Americans... there are black people in Europe for gods sake, and we're called black. Isn't America supposed to be diverse? Why is it so hard to say the word black?
Animal Galindez

Harrisburg, PA

#3 Dec 10, 2012
Fantasea wrote:
In particular, Americans. Recently I was searching for hair tips for my natural hair, and I came across "... for African American hair." I mean people need to stop using this term as a replacement for black. I'm black, I'm African, however I'm not American. Why not just use the word black or 'Afro', African Americans aren't the only black people in the world! They make up about 2% of the black population in the world, so why is it OK to refer to all blacks as AM? And a question on Yahoo came up asking if there were any African Americans in Europe, or if European people date African Americans... there are black people in Europe for gods sake, and we're called black. Isn't America supposed to be diverse? Why is it so hard to say the word black?
It's called ethnocentricity.Mabe the USA being the most powerful country in the world contributes to it.
Animal Galindez

Harrisburg, PA

#4 Dec 10, 2012
Maybe

“The Love Below”

Level 8

Since: Apr 10

ATL

#5 Dec 10, 2012
So when does a continental african become american? Do they lose their culture, do they keep their traditions?
Poof the magic dragon

UK

#6 Dec 10, 2012
look , you people don't like anything you are called. You are NEGROES and that's that, so quit whining. or do you prefer the REAL name for you?

Since: May 10

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#8 Dec 10, 2012
BROWNMAN20 wrote:
So when does a continental african become american? Do they lose their culture, do they keep their traditions?
Anyone who becomes a United States citizen becomes an American.
If their culture or traditions include practices that are against American law, such as female circumcision, then they are required to leave them.
MIGUEL

Garden Grove, CA

#9 Feb 23, 2013
I AGREE 100 % SAME THING HAPEN WITH ME,IM AM FROM PANAMA MY WIFE IS MEXICAN AND MY KID BORN IN USA, AND WHEN SOME PEOPLE CAL MY KIDS MEXICAN AMERICAN I BELIEVE IS NOT RIGTH THEY BOR IN USA THEY ARE AMERICAN , FOR ME CALL PEOPLE AFRICAN AMERICAN OR MEXICAN AMERICAN OR ?????? AMERICAN IS NOT RIGHT
thgigadykid1

Melvindale, MI

#10 Feb 23, 2013
shut up you shit you cracker before we were called black by the white man we identified are selves by tribe
Sonne

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Feb 23, 2013
Really?...

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