Is There A Difference Between Being African-American And Being Black?

One of YouKnowDAMNWell.com’s readers gave me the idea for this interesting topic of discussion.

Did society create a difference between being Black and being African-American?

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We live in a world where ethnic identity is as important as the first impression. Sad but true. This, in turn, makes our choice of words when describing a race, just as important…

It isn’t a secret that most colored people would rather be called African-American as opposed to being called black.

Why?

Simply because of the characteristics (due to society and media) closely associated with being called “black”. And we don’t help either; we are just as ignorant when describing “black people”. We can’t even stop calling each other n*ggas yet.

And why does being called African-American negate what comes with being called “black”?

What do you guys think about this?

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    • Mz Jazzie e
    • May 24th, 2010

    i don’t understand why people get offended because in white people’s eyes, we are all negros.

    • Honey
    • May 24th, 2010

    I’m really not sure but in my family we perfer to being black not AA.

    • Spoken_Words
    • May 24th, 2010

    Just another example of how we allow ourselves to be divided and conquered. -T

    • Chariel
    • May 24th, 2010

    Wow, I feel honored that I inspired a topic. However, my reasoning is deeper than what was said. Although it does relate to media protrayls, it absolutely has nothing to do with divide and conquer.I am fully aware of that agenda along with the agenda of secret societies and in all honesty every race is black because we can be traced back to one Eve. I want our people to do better as a whole. United we stand and divided we fall but I feel like we need the division in order for the weak to fall. Only then can we build ourselves back up. WE black folk AAs need 2 rep US better. In fact, if you see this as a means for division and conquest then you must take a look at reality for yourself. Blatently put…if u hang around trash u start to smell like shi+.

    • Jhandi
    • May 25th, 2010

    The term “African-American” eases the evil consciences of white people…

  1. I don’t have a preference, but the difference between being Black and AA is this: AA is a division of Black people-being Black is classified as having African roots. This is my understanding, if I’m wrong then please correct me.

    Since this is my understanding, why all the fuss? I could see if someone that was from the West Indies or Madagascar (just as examples) were called AA since technically they wouldn’t have American citizenship.

    • Envymenow
    • June 5th, 2010

    The term African American was not created by Black folks in an effort to describe ourselves. It was created by white folks who needed another politically correct term to call Black people. I prefer being called Black because it has a history. The term “Black” was re-inculcated into our society during the Black Power movement to inspire and empower Black people. The term African American can be problematic because it does not allow for Blacks to just be AMERICAN. White Americans are never referred to as such. There are many different ethnicities of white people in this country. Italian, Jewish (which can be seen as a religion and ethnicity), Irish, German, etc. Why is it only when referring to non-white citizens that another identifier is added? Therein lies the problem. The solution is to identify OURSELVES. We cannot allow others to identify us and give us a name.

    • Jhandi
    • June 16th, 2010

    I am black. Our challenge is that we have no concrete identity. Our cultural history is a fragmented tragedy. We are divided by class, hair texture and skin tone.

    WHO ARE WE REALLY AND WHAT DO WE STAND FOR AS ONE GROUP PEOPLE?

    Can anyone name one black person that is a true representation of us all?

    • hulagurl
    • July 3rd, 2010

    I agree with envymenow that terms like African American and Native American are really just ways of saying “not really American.”

    • DG
    • April 10th, 2011

    NO NO NO NO NO

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