17Re: African american
- Nov 19, 2004Thank you for this.. but this situation can go both ways. me<--
rican/dominican (often mistaken as an african american).. i have
african american acquaintances who are quick to say things
like "well you arent black, so you wouldnt know." or talk about
ricans/dominicans and caribbean people like they arent black.. Or
are quick to say ricans and dominicans are taking "their men.".. im
liek damn , i look just liek you and we have the same ancestors..
can i live?,,, sorry just a rant
--- In email@example.com, George Barbour <gcbarbour@y...>
> I recently had a argument with a co-worker of mine (ironicallyPuerto-Rican) about the term African American. She had informed me
that Senator Kerry's wife is or was from South Africa and considered
herself African American. So what I replied. If she was born in
Africa and lives in American and wants to call herself African
American big deal. In my opinion the world is African American
because that's where life started. Right?
> Anyhow she proceeded to tell me how blacks were upset about this.She's telling me blacks are upset. Me>>>>black Her>>>>Puerto Rican.
Follow me. She goes on to say that blacks shouldn't be mad and they
(African American blacks) should not be referring to themselves as
African Americans anyway because they were born here (out of the mud
is what it felt like she was saying to me).
> Well that did it. I have always just considered myself black, yetI felt compelled to tell this fool that we (black Americans born
here) are AFRICAN AMERICANS because our roots come from AFRICA. No
one ever tells Irish Americans, Italian Americans, Spanish
Americans, Jewish Americans to be content with calling themselves
Americans. Why do people always want to disassociate the us with our
heritage. For the record Puerto Ricans are AFRICAN Americans too.
Those boats came to Puerto Rico first. They picked sugar cane we
picked cotton. They have more of a mixture of Spanish and Native
Indian blood than we do but believe me the African presence is there
as well. I just had to vent and I am looking for any information on
how I can educate this obviously blind and misguided individual.
> George C Barbour
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