In general, most people need and should to try to learn,
understand, remember, reinforce and teach the fact that the
term 'African-American' is to be used only in reference a very
specific and particular ETHNIC (not 'Racial') categorization
and also that this particular 'Ethnic' grouping is actually largely
(+70%) of fully MULTI-RACIAL (not 'Mono-Racial') lineage.
Seeing that most people who lay claim to being within the
'AFRICAN-AMERICAN' `ethnicity' are, in reality, actually of
a "Tri-Racial" ancestral heritage (i.e. Black / Amer-Indian /
White) --- it only seems reasonable and logical that this
specific group, should, in fact, actually (like 'Latinos') be listed
as a 'Multi-racial' (rather than a 'Mono-racial') "ETHNIC" group.
It must be pointed out that 'AFRICAN-AMERICAN' is actually an
ETHNICITY (not a RACE) and is currently listed in the 'BLACK'
RACIAL category rather than in the MULTI-RACIAL category.
The African-American Ethnic Grouping is, in reality, one of
'The' quintessential examples' of a Multi-Generational
Multiracial (MGM) Ethnic Grouping of People.
(The use of this word ETHNICITY can be compared to
it's usage found in descriptions of those groups in the
"WHITE" RACIAL category --- such as 'Swedish' or 'Irish')
Not every "BLACK" person living in America, can lay claim to
the 'AFRICAN-AMERICAN' ETHNIC heritage (as only
those who are "the descendents of the survivors of the
'Negro Chattel-Slavery System' which took place on
the continental United States during the Antebellem era"
can make this claim).
[ex. There are more than a Billion 'Black' persons on the planet
yet only 13 Million of the people who have been given the label
of `black' can claim to being "Descendants of the Survivors of the
American System of 'Negro-Chattel Slavery System' which took
place on the continental United States during the Antebellem era" '
(i.e. are actually of the 'AFRICAN-AMERICAN' ETNNICITY)]
Not every person --- who claims to be of the
'AFRICAN-AMERICAN' ETHNICITY -- also lays
claim to being of the "BLACK" RACIAL group.
[For instance, Senator Hilary Clinton -- who clearly identifies
as being of the "WHITE" RACIAL group, is also said to have laid
a claim to having an 'AFRICAN-AMERICAN' ETHNIC heritage --
when, after reviewing her family tree, discovered that
she also was, in fact, the descendant of a survivor
of American 'Negro Chattel Slavery' (as opposed to
the more temporal White-Indentured-Servitude').
Again, Senator Clinton is not, and does not in any way claim
to be of the 'BLACK' RACE, yet can and does rightfully
make a claim to an 'AFRICAN-AMERICAN' ETHNICITY.]
[NOTE: MGM=MULTI-GENerationally MIXED /