Towards A Good Samaritan World

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

ACCURATE RACIAL TERMINOLOGY

This post is a reminder of why I dislike the term African-Americans. "African-American" ought to refer to recent immigrants from Africa, of which there are relatively few but should be more, not to black Americans who have been here for generations. If you remember that the US has had tremendous white immigration but very little black immigration since the end of the slave trade (not to equate the slave trade with immigration, of course), it's safe to say that the American pedigree of the average black American is much older than that of the average white American. The term "African-American" makes blacks sound like immigrants, when in fact they are, after the Amerindians (not "Native Americans"-- any American-born person is a native American, including whites and blacks), the oldest Americans of all.

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