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Knowing that one is an AA

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    tlbaker1 wrote: I wonder how one would know they are absolutely 100% african-american, have to know your family history really well. Lynne
    Message 1 of 7 , Oct 10, 2006

      "tlbaker1" <tlbaker1@...> wrote:

      I wonder how one would know they are
      absolutely 100% african-american,
      have to know your family history really well.



      Actually …. it may not be as difficult as may seem at
      first glance … when one takes into account the fact that
      the term "African-American" (AA) is simply one that
      was placed on an `Ethnic' group that was created
      based on a set of "historical experiences"
      --- and is not at all a reference to one's
      "Race" or even one's "Racial"-admixture.

      It is simply the most recent in a series of
      misnomers that have been applied to a very
      specific and unique 'Ethnic' grouping of people.

      Like any other Ethnic group, the people of the AA
      Ethnicity can actually be of any "Racial" categorization
      or "Racial" combinations … as … the definition of an AA is:

               "a person who is a descendent of the 
                 survivors of the negro Chattel-Slavery 
                System which existed on the continental 
                United States -- during the Antebellum 
                Era and the Reconstruction and Jim Crow 
                / Segregationist Eras which then followed."

      For a person to be a "full-AA" essentially
      means that "
      both of their parents are
      `descendents of the survivors'
      of the
      System and Eras" that are noted above.

      When people say that they are 100% AA –
      they are not claiming to be mono-racially
      `Black' – nor are they stating that they do
      not have other Ethnicities in their lineage.

      Much like the term `Latino' is a reference
      to a `Cultural' group whose formation
      occurred within a given set of `Locations'
      -- the term AA is a reference to an `Ethnic'
      group whose formation occurred within
      a given set of `Historical Circumstances'.

      The term AA, much like the term `Latino', was
      not originally intended to imply that a person
      was of any particular "race" – but rather, it
      was to introduce the `history and events which
      led to the formation of the people grouping'.

      Unique, and largely MGM-Mixed Race,
      'Ethnic' groups -- like the AAs -- and 'Cultural'
      groups -- like the Latinos -- generally have a
      wide range of Races, Nationalities, etc. found 
      within their ancestral lineages -- which is why
      it's so important to remember that the AA
      'Ethnic' group was founded on  "Historical
      Experience" and the Latino 'Cultural' group
      generally formed around various "Locations".

      More information on this group
      can be found at the following link:

      Mixed-Race Groups 

      In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
      "tlbaker1" <tlbaker1@...> wrote:

      I wonder how one would know they are
      absolutely 100% african-american,
      have to know your family history really well.


      From: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com ]
      On Behalf Of
      Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 7:13 PM
      To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Generation-Mixed] `Daphne Maxwell-Reid'

      "DAPHNE MAXWELL REID [is an MGM-Mixed actress
      who is also of 100% African-American ethnic heritage
      who] is most widely recognized for her role as Aunt Viv
      on NBC's hit comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

      http://www.roxburyf ilmfestival. com/images/ Daphne-large. jpg

      She is also known for her role on the CBS comedy series
      "Frank's Place," [in which she portrayed a Creole woman.]…
      She has also co-starred in movies of the week for NBC,
      CBS, and PBS, as well as the feature films "Protocol" and
      "Once Upon a Time ... When We Were Colored."

      http://www.nmstudio s.com/about_ us/founders_ daphne_reid. htm

      Maxwell Reid was born and raised on Manhattan 's west
      side and was encouraged by several of her teachers to
      enroll in the renowned Bronx High School of Science,
      where she graduated as Senior Class
      President and Merit Scholarship recipient.

      While [studying] at Northwestern University ,
      an English teacher from her high school submitted
      a photograph to a magazine editor and friend
      who was preparing an article on college women.

      The result was a trip to New York and Maxwell Reid's
      first full-page photograph in `Seventee'n magazine.

      Quickly signed by the Eileen Ford Agency, she appeared
      in many magazines, and was also the first "black"
      woman to grace the cover of `Glamour `magazine.

      Daphne – is married to [brilliant] producer / actor, Tim Reid
      http://www.nmstudio s.com/about_ us/founders_ tim_reid. htm
      and they are co-founders of `New Millenium Studios"
      http://www.nmstudio s.com

      [[[MGM-Mixed = Multi-Generational Multiracially- Mixed]]]

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