turrican said:Ion Todirel said:*snip*
On a side note, I dislike the term "African-American". America is not about a race of people. It's the country where anyone can go there and fulfill his/her dreams. Once they are there, they are no longer "African-Mexican-Japanese-Chinese"-American anything, but only "Americans". Especially when they are born in that country.
Generation after generation are born in the country, they are no longer "Africans". They are Americans.
The above applies only to American and no other country in the world I think because America was based upon a dream, a dream of being truely free where your rights come from the creator and not the state. The only country in the world where you have creator given rights and not state given rights in the constitution where state can never legalize them away from you.
The only ones who deserve that term are "Native Americans" because they were here first and it was their land.
People don't say chinese-american, japanese-american, mexican-american... irish-american... let us please drop the african-american too and truely become "color blind".
We are ALL just "Americans".
Note : This relpy is not personal and suggest nothing, it is intended only generally about the "African-American" term.
I would say that because America is such a large place, people relate themselves to sub-cultures within American culture -- hence African-American, Irish-American, Hispanic, etc.
We are still a tribal species, but now we have 'super-tribes' and we may feel like we belong to multiple tribes. I am British, and I'm also a 9er, but I'm definitely not a Goth; that's part of my identity in relation to three tribes.