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Some Blacks Insist: 'I'm Not African-American'

There are 349 comments on the OfficialWire story from Feb 4, 2012, titled Some Blacks Insist: 'I'm Not African-American'. In it, OfficialWire reports that:

The labels used to describe Americans of African descent mark the movement of a people from the slave house to the White House.

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#1 Feb 4, 2012
I agree with this. I do not want to be called African American, since I know nothing of Africa, have no relatives or family from there, and cannot trace any known lineage to Africa. I am AMERICAN, not African. Just call me American without any hyphenated qualifier.

WHITE PEOPLE continue to force citizens to accept these silly "race" labels they have invented, and none of us can understand why it is so important to white people that there be a "race" label forced on everybody.
Mack

Altadena, CA

#2 Feb 4, 2012
I prefer to be called Black, but I don't make a big deal about being called African-American. Black might be better since it would encompass all Back people.

Just my $0.02.
Anon

Lincroft, NJ

#4 Feb 4, 2012
I was fine with Afro-American. It was Jesse Jackson who came up with "African-American" and then everyone from the media and some blacks just accepted. I am amazed how in the past people followed this fool and thought of him as some representative of all blacks in the America. Now today he is just considered a attention hog and clown.
Anon

Lincroft, NJ

#5 Feb 4, 2012
Also it doesn't make sense to name a ethnic group after a entire continent.
Independent Voter

Sedalia, MO

#6 Feb 4, 2012
_Reality Speaks_ wrote:
I agree with this. I do not want to be called African American, since I know nothing of Africa, have no relatives or family from there, and cannot trace any known lineage to Africa. I am AMERICAN, not African. Just call me American without any hyphenated qualifier.
WHITE PEOPLE continue to force citizens to accept these silly "race" labels they have invented, and none of us can understand why it is so important to white people that there be a "race" label forced on everybody.
I'm white. I don't insist that you or anyone else accept any sort of label.

Your blanket statement encompassing all WHITE PEOPLE is just as racist as any statement meant to generalize all colored people.

I suppose you believe that you are incapable of being racist.

Personally, I think that anyone who insists on being a hyphenated-american is truly Un-American.
Drink the hivE

New York, NY

#7 Feb 4, 2012
I'm Black American Waiting 4 The President 2 Take Me Out From This Shit Hole Call It 'Detroit'- He Promised 2 Me In 2008...

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#8 Feb 4, 2012
Anon wrote:
I was fine with Afro-American. It was Jesse Jackson who came up with "African-American" and then everyone from the media and some blacks just accepted. I am amazed how in the past people followed this fool and thought of him as some representative of all blacks in the America. Now today he is just considered a attention hog and clown.
Great points. Very true about Jesse

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#9 Feb 4, 2012
Independent Voter wrote:
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I'm white. I don't insist that you or anyone else accept any sort of label.
Your blanket statement encompassing all WHITE PEOPLE is just as racist as any statement meant to generalize all colored people.
I suppose you believe that you are incapable of being racist.
Personally, I think that anyone who insists on being a hyphenated-american is truly Un-American.
You are human. You are not white. I get that, but do you? White people invented the concept of "race" based on appearance, nobody else did. But your first words are: "Im white". You probably do not realize just how deeply this race concept is embedded in our consciousness, but it was FORCED there.
Independent Voter

Sedalia, MO

#10 Feb 4, 2012
_Reality Speaks_ wrote:
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You are human. You are not white. I get that, but do you? White people invented the concept of "race" based on appearance, nobody else did. But your first words are: "Im white". You probably do not realize just how deeply this race concept is embedded in our consciousness, but it was FORCED there.
Okay, if you insist... I'll admit to being racist.

Now, do you have the strength of character to make that same confession?

Who are you going to blame for your shortcomings? Whitey, I suppose.

Pathetic.

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#11 Feb 4, 2012
Independent Voter wrote:
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Okay, if you insist... I'll admit to being racist.
Now, do you have the strength of character to make that same confession?
Who are you going to blame for your shortcomings? Whitey, I suppose.
Pathetic.
What shortcomings? LOL.

I am educated and successful, no complaints about my personal life or station in life at this time. But that does not change the facts of the matter. Who is the group creating the "race" tags and the little boxes on forms to mark off which "race" one belongs to? Why does the United States still do this but nowhere else does?
Nick Gehrs

Rochester, NY

#12 Feb 4, 2012
We can't seem to decide. We are Cullerds, then Negroes, then blacks, then Afro-Americans, then African Americans.
Tina

Willingboro, NJ

#15 Feb 4, 2012
Who even came up with black and white people, the only two races identified by a color!!!!
Skizazz

Beecher, IL

#16 Feb 4, 2012
_Reality Speaks_ wrote:
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You are human. You are not white. I get that, but do you? White people invented the concept of "race" based on appearance, nobody else did. But your first words are: "Im white". You probably do not realize just how deeply this race concept is embedded in our consciousness, but it was FORCED there.
Geez, you really think white people invented "race"? I don't think anybody knows who invented it. I'm sure it's been around as long as people have been. Saying somebody is "black" or "white" is really no different than saying somebody is "short" or "tall" or "male" or "female".

It is nothing more than a simple way of describing the differences in our outward appearance.
rider

Marquette, MI

#18 Feb 4, 2012
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#19 Feb 5, 2012
Skizazz wrote:
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Geez, you really think white people invented "race"? I don't think anybody knows who invented it. I'm sure it's been around as long as people have been. Saying somebody is "black" or "white" is really no different than saying somebody is "short" or "tall" or "male" or "female".
It is nothing more than a simple way of describing the differences in our outward appearance.
LOL, it is known:

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, 1785.

He invented the racial taxonomy we know of today as "race". It was done in the 19th century to manipulate public perception of blacks as "subhuman" and thus justify slavery. Prior to this, there was no appearance based "race" classifications anywhere in any culture. Nobody was referred to by skin color, only by nationality. Some groups were defined by language, none were defined by skin color.

Just because you do not know the facts does not mean they do not exist. Please look them up to verify.
y-so-deluded

Chicago, IL

#21 Feb 5, 2012
It's funny how black people cannot trace themselves to where they clearly come from, but can find the tiniest drop of white or mixed blood in them to shout out to everyone that they are mixed, sad.

America is for the natives, anyone else in it is not simply an American.

How did your family pop up in America, you sure are not a native, you were not hiding under a rock, you are from Africa or some other black country, face it and learn your family tree a littler better.

Black people are not even treated equally in this country.
y-so-deluded

Chicago, IL

#22 Feb 5, 2012
Some black people, correction.
BLACK AMERICAN PRINCE

Singapore, Singapore

#23 Feb 5, 2012
y-so-deluded wrote:
Some black people, correction.
Where are you from?
hillbilly

United States

#24 Feb 5, 2012
_Reality Speaks_ wrote:
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What shortcomings? LOL.
I am educated and successful, no complaints about my personal life or station in life at this time. But that does not change the facts of the matter. Who is the group creating the "race" tags and the little boxes on forms to mark off which "race" one belongs to? Why does the United States still do this but nowhere else does?
The very rich keep the race thing going to keep Americans pitted against each other.white, black, red ,yellow, these are tags used for that.Some people cant find any thing too be proud of ,,race is A safe bet ,some one is going to agree with them.
BornWhite cuz God luvs me

Rochester, NY

#28 Feb 5, 2012
Tina wrote:
Who even came up with black and white people, the only two races identified by a color!!!!
Hmmm, I've heard Amerindians referred to as Red Man.
And Orientals as Yellow people.
Linnaeus originally had races as White, Black, Yellow and Red.
Brown people are referred to those from India to Malaysia and Aboriginies of Australia.

And UFO aliens are mostly known in 2 groups - the Greys and the Greens, or little Green men.

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