Rogue, "African" and "Afro-American" are generally regarded as black. That's it.<quoted text>
1. I accept the fact you believe me.
2. And yes, African imply any racial group that is indigenous to AFRICA. I use it because most black people do not seem to understand that. Yes, you can totally be a white person and be an Afro-American too.
And I understand that there are three groups of people who are indigenous to the Americans. The first and third groups came from Manchurian and Mongolia and the second group came from Siberia and that is why American Indians from East of the Mississippi River have thinner faces and nose and have lighter skin color than those from west of the Mississippi River.
As for North Africa, the Maghreb and middle east and parts of Asia (Israel, some of Gaza, etc). well, let me tell you that all of those people dislike being called Africans. They don't say so, but they don't. Even Ethiopians, who are darker than North Africans, resent being called Africans, as they consider themselves to be descendants of Solomon who was apparently neither African nor black. It's a complex thing, but you must admit, when one thinks of Africa, one thinks of the black, of the dark continent.