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  •  Black Women, Men, and Children.. VS AA.. (4+ / 0-)

    I will admit, this goes with my own personal beliefs, and I can accept those who are offended by it.   I have never been a fan of the term "African American".  In fact, I generally dislike it.  I've always viewed it as a form of stereotyping that just got popular.. would be ever say "European American" or "Asian American" vs. " Chinese" "Greek" etc. ?

    Africa is a huge continent - with a rich and deep culture and even with that being said, a lot of the people in America get referred to as African American even though their ancestral roots may not go back there.   Dark-skinned peoples go back hundreds  of years - far before slave ships and the like, in the Caribbean, South America, Australia.. and the blanket term 'African American" has always struck me as a way to "nicely" eradicate someone's history and replace it with an easier to pigeon hole variety.  

    If someone has Aboriginal roots, they should just be as proud as an Aboriginal-American.   The islands first discovered were full of dark-skinned Arawak indians who became the predecessors of cultures within countries like Jamaica, PR, Cuba, etc. and while their population was also taken over and mixed freely with incoming slaves, it doesn't irradicate their portion of history either by just replacing it.

    I'm glad to be in a family that's very culturally mixed; a niece from Sri Lanka, my children with a black/asian/european roots, etc.  

    I can think of many great and powerful black women who have shaped the world that I live in.    But I'm glad to say that I'm always most happy to say "black" as a reminder that I don't know - and shouldn't presume - someone else's roots.  That's their story to tell me ;)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 02:40:41 PM PDT

    •  I'm not a fan of the term either (3+ / 0-)
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      Unduna, SoCalSal, shanikka

      but for this series had to make a distinction in the title - since I am focused on black women in a specific context.

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 02:45:17 PM PDT

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