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Why is it politically correct to call black people "African Americans"?

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4 years ago#1
Its actually a form of pretty egregious stereotyping. Huge numbers of "African Americans" in the US aren't African at all. They hail from any number of nations throughout the world where darker skin tones are native.

If we're going to use a general term, we should just call them "black" and consider that politically correct.

Afterall, we call all kinds of nationalities "white" without a second thought.

Sure, both terms will eventually be outdated, but for the nonce, come on, just call them black. "African American" is an absolutely absurd nomenclature to use in the way we do.


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4 years ago#2
I usually say Negro-American, it's a solid combination of antiquated and politically correct.
4 years ago#3
Indeed. It makes much more sense to directly describe a discernable trait (skin tone) over assumed heritage (which isnt as discernable or can be rejected by the person in the first place). The world really doesn't make any sense.
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4 years ago#4
I remember Maddox driving home this point in like 2006
4 years ago#5
I agree completely with this message and have held this view ever since I was told that we should be calling them "African-American", to which I said, "sure, as soon as they start using Caucasian or Anglo instead of white"
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4 years ago#6
And why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
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4 years ago#7
Because black people used to get offended when people called them black.

Duh.
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4 years ago#8
the phrase does make seem like they have dual citizenship.
4 years ago#9
god_of_toast posted...
Indeed. It makes much more sense to directly describe a discernable trait (skin tone) over assumed heritage (which isnt as discernable or can be rejected by the person in the first place). The world really doesn't make any sense.

But society doesn't even get that right. Brown people are called black and beige people are called brown.
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4 years ago#10
Why do they call it Ovaltine? The Mug is round, the jar is round...they should call it Roundtine.
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