Re: African American's Mixed Heritage
That's another good point as well.
It's also good 'food for thought'.
Thanks for sharing it.
Tyrone Anderson <gemini072@...> wrote:
I think African-American represent a culturally
'mixed' group -- Bi-Cultural which on the next level
can mean that members of this group are mixed.
I say Bi-Cultural because 1st, there are cultural combinations
that came together to make this group, secondly a lot of it
was passed from 'ethnic' descendants of other ethnic groups:
native american, french, english, irish, chinese, or passed from
the adoption of other cultures by people not ethnically related.
My cousin told me that she prefers to be labeled
as "black" because she has never been to Africa,
and can't relate to what life is like there.
Other relatives will label themselves as "black" and
ignore the other racial admixtures in the family either
because they don't know, they don't care or they just
assume that the color of your skin identifies what you are.
This gets a bit confusing when I go to family reunions...LOL*
I tell everyone that I am mixed, and
brag about all the mixtures in our family.
In Minnesota, the African immigrants almost always refer to
themselves as African or identify with their country of origin.
They also may refer to their identity in terms of religion.
If you look at Hmong immigrants. They identify themselves
as Hmong, not Hmong-American. Same with Latinos.
They are Latinos, not Latin-Americans. I don't know
about where you all live...that's just the trend here.
So I guess being African-American, in a sense, is
really what it is. Or no? What else do you call it?
I mean if you are "Black" then that excludes the
mixed people who would not fit the description.
African-American seems to represent a racially mixed heritage.
What do you think??
"Man would rather be a little higher than the apes,
than a little lower than the angels." - "I am Black
I am White, and know there is no difference. Each one
casts a shadow, and all shadows are dark." -Walter White
"Peter" <barac1998@... >wrote:
I agree. I have always looked at term 'African American' as
a mixed cultural blend and have taught it that way as well.
And while I do feel that the term `African-American' is
(like the term `American-Indian') a type of misnomer
I do not have a problem with it's usage (particularly
seeing that, as Ty, Lynn and Peter have pointed out, the
term can most certainly be said to have an indication that
the members of said Ethnicity would most likely be of a
Mixed-Race / `Multi'-Racial Ancestry wherein the term
`Black' would *not* seem to indicate any such Ancestry) .
My main concern actually centers around `the lack of true
knowledge about the AAs' that is quite commonly found
among and displayed by a good number of the members
of the American media, government, and census poll
takers many of whom seem to have *no* remote concept
(thanks, again to the United States Census Bureau (USCB)
and it's hopelessly flawed-form, that's been used since 1990)
that the `African-Americans' (AAs) are *not* at all the same
group as the `Black-Americans' (BAs) and also that, as a
result of this lack of knowledge, the AAs seem to be the
*only* `Ethnic' group found in America (or the world)
that is forced to BOTH 1) live with society's denial
of it's Mixed-Race lineage AND 2) carry the unfair
burden of falsely being used to represent an entire
"Racial" grouping of people (largely due to the Rule
of Hypo-Descent / One-Drop Rule and the USCB).
As stated earlier rather than look for a whole new name
or label for this largely `Multi'-Racial / Mixed-Race `Ethnic'
Group --- I truly feel that `Education' and the sharing of
knowledge and TRUE information about the AAs may be
a, if not `the', key step in helping them to be able; feel free to
and have full support in publicly embracing and proclaiming
their FULL Ancestry and true Identity as well as also having
TRUE statistics provided about them (rather than the
so-called `common knowledge' false-statistics that have
been created by the forcing of them to without any say
in the matter -- represent and to carry the statistics for
every citizen and resident in the United States of America
who just happens to have some/ any amount of Black lineage).