Society should STOP Confusing "Race" with 'Ethnicity'
Seeing that I do NOT approve of referring to (and / or
categorizing) a Mixed-Race person (who just happens
to have some amount of Black-ancestry in their lineage)
by the RACIAL term of 'Black' (due to the fact that it is
an obvious adherence to the racist-`One-Drop Rule')
-- I also feel a need to point out that I also have issues
with the general social use and application of certain
Ethnic terms such as that of 'African-American' (AA).
The problem that I have with the general social use
of the currently popular term of `African-American'
(AA), is related to the following facts of the matter:.
FACT #1) Most people do NOT seem to realize that the
term of AA was ONLY meant to be applied to a very
specific ETHNIC grouping of people (which then
means that the term of AA is NOT a `synonym'
for the term of `Black American' nor
was it ever meant to be used as such.)**
-- and --
FACT #2) The term of AA (even when used `properly')
is still actually a `misnomer' for and a false descriptor
of the ETHNIC group to whom it was created to be applied.^^
** According to most historians --- the `proper' application of
the ETHNIC term of `African-American' (AA) was both
created for, and to be limited in application SOLELY
to, the small number of those people who are:
... "The `Descendants-Of-The-Survivors'of
the chattel-slavery System that had once
existed on the continental United States
during the antebellum-era of it's history".
The RACIAL term of `Black American' (BA)
on the other hand -- applies to ALL of the
citizens / permanent residents of the continental
United States (U.S.) who are BOTH "racially"
categorized as being `Black' AND are also
NOT members of the AA ETHNIC group.
[NOTE: While there are more than 18 Million
BAs located on the continental United States
(U.S.) alone (with, largely due to a steady flow
of immigration since 1968, the numbers both
growing and expected to continue to grow
larger annually) there are only 13 Million
AAs even found in existence on the entire
planet (including those who are expatriates).]
Which means that -- since shortly after 1968 --
there have been more BAs in the U.S. than AAs.
In addition to the fact that the ETHNIC misnomer of the
term of 'African-American' (AA) is often (erroneously)
applied to 'anyone who has any Black lineage and lives in
the United States' -- although nearly `all' of the members
of the AA ETHNIC group have been placed in the "racial"
`category' of "black" (and `some' of the AAs actually are
of a full racially-Black) --- it is also a well-known fact that
a large number of the AAs are actually of a continually
Mixed-Race ancestral lineage that the term of AA quite
simply fails to properly describe or even acknowledge.^
Thus, the ETHNIC term of AA is NOT synonymous
with the RACIAL term of BA; the two (2) terms are
NOT referring to the same groupings of people; and
the two (2) terms should NOT be used interchangeably..
... is NOT the same thing as "Race"
(^Per the research of such notable geneticists as
Dr. Luigi Cavelli-Sforza [who was, at the time,
the esteemed Executive Director of 'The Human
Genome Project' and is still seen as the world's
foremost authority in the field of human genetics]:
----- ^^More than seventy-percent (+70%) of thepeople who are born to parents who are BOTH
members of the ETHNIC group that is currently
referred to by the term of AA (a term which,
once one studies the lineage of this group,
really does seem to be a misnomer) -----
have a continuously racially-admixed lineage
containing an ancestry of +20-30% European;
+25% Amerindian; and remaining Black /
West African AND a whopping 5% of such
members of the AA ETHNIC group have NO
traceable amounts of Black / West African
ancestry found in their lineage whatsoever.]