Let’s keep the controversy going.
One thing has always pissed me off…calling black people “African American.” But why?
For one, no one calls white people “European Americans.” Sure, we can be called “caucasian”, but how does me being white do with the mountains south of stalingrad (now volgagrad)? Also, the term “African American” seperates black people more from whites…the word itself suggests that they need a special posistion of sorts. As long as whites are whites, blacks are blacks. Anyone in between escapes the stereotypes of “colour”(like you call an Arab arab, a Latino latino, or a chinese guy, a chinese guy)
So that is why I call black people black. Not because I think any less of a black person because of their color (because color doesn’t mean anything, it is the quality of a personas character…I have met more a**hole whites than any other color!), but calling a black person something else from what they are as an attempt to seperate them from the rest of society. I believe in assimilation, not the other way around.
Another thing is that not all blacks consider themselves “African American.” A guy my dad knows (a student of his) is from Jamaica, and does not consider himself African American…in fact, he calls blacks not from jamaica “niggers” because where he works in nYC, they steal from his automotive repair shop (“they” as in an oversimplification.)
Am I alone on this one?