“Don’t call me African-American, I’ve never stepped foot in Africa”

24 Comments on “Don’t call me African-American, I’ve never stepped foot in Africa”

  1. He sounds like a buddy of mine every time he fills out a 4473. Last time I put my arm next to his and said “Dude, notice any difference? Just check the damn box”. That didn’t stop him from going off but it was a good laugh.

  2. If someone said to me, I’m European American. I’d say from where? Ireland, Norway, England, Germany. Where in Europe? It’s a continent!
    Ask an African American where exactly did your ancestors come from,
    Chad, Tanzinea, Zimbagway, Niger.?

  3. Either this country is a melting pot and we’re all Americans or we have enclaves of invaders who need to be uprooted and returned to the country of their origin.

    “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

    ― Theodore Roosevelt

  4. This is mostly off-topic, but still entertaining given the thread subject. I was reading comments Unz Review and came across this one by Ron Unz his own self that gave me a good chuckle:

    …That reminds me of an amusing point I’ve been making to people for something like 20 years, ever since the Slavery Reparations issue started getting lots of positive attention.

    Now offhand, there seems to be a pretty reasonable case for Reparations, but it’s totally unfair to draw the financial compensation from individuals whose ancestors had absolutely nothing to do with slavery. Extracting the cash from Vietnamese who arrived in the 1970s or Italians whose families came in the 1910s or even New Englanders whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower is extremely unjust. It’s important that the targets be the descendants of the white slave-owners.

    Now it seems to me that by a very wide margin, the group in America with the highest fraction of white slave-owner ancestry are…lighter-skinned American blacks!

    So the obvious solution is to have the U.S. government confiscate the entire wealth of all lighter-skinned blacks and then redistribute it to the darker-skinned ones.

    I suspect that such a proposal would generate an *enormously* enthusiastic reaction within the American black community…

  5. @jclady,used like this “He got a 780 in math on his SAT but bombed on the verbal with only a 570, which is understandable since he’s ABC”.

  6. 1. The ONLY people who are ‘African American’ are the Africans that are still fresh from there and who migrated LEGALLY.

    2. No one in Africa accepts the term because the blacks already here are not African.

    3. Not all white people are from Caucasus mountain areas.

    4. Everybody falls in somewhere between the colors white and black. Figure that shit out yourself, leave people alone.

    5. See #4.

  7. I said long ago; You are either American or you are African….you are either American or your are Irish…..you are either American or you are Mexican….You get the just of it. Drop the hyphenation or go back to your favorite country.

  8. I am an American……born overseas of military parents.
    I am an American……with Polish, Irish, Scottish, Russian Jewish ancestry. Oh, and maybe a touch of Crow somewhere in there. Maybe. Can’t be sure, haven’t verified all the genealogy research yet. I’m NOT Fauxchahantas with the high cheekbones.
    The point is….I AM AN AMERICAN, by birth and pride.
    Don’t mess with me. I know how to cut. I just sometimes forget where. And I often don’t care. (oops. was that important to you? here it is back)

  9. I have many peoples in my family woodpile, but one thing I KNOW is that all my ancestors came to AMERICA, legally, for a better life.

    They became AMERICANS, nothing else could even come close. Our families did NOT emigrate to Britain, France, or anywhere in Europe. They crossed the ocean in horrible boats, to start their lives here. Nowhere else HERE.

    If the ‘Africans’ want to go home, LET THEM.

  10. @bill – I know that is a rhetorical question but I’ll take a stab at answering anyway. It’s because they are collectivists who focus on traits that make people the same rather than traits that make individuals different.

    And, yes, these people vilify the use of stereotypes but then use stereotypes to assign collective membership.

  11. I’ve just started to select “more than one race” or “multi-racial” whenever I’m given the option. Yeah, I look generic white-bread, but what I really am is MYOB, dammit.

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