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Posted 8/27/16
Where I'm from, if you're African-Norwegian, that means that you have an African and a Norwegian citizenship. If you're black and have a Norwegian citizenship, but not an African citizenship, then you're not African, or African-Norwegian, you're just Norwegian.

If you're one of those who refer to yourself as-- or refer to others as African-American, do you do so because they have an African and an American citizenship, or do you just say it to remind us that you or they are black? And, if so, why not just say black?
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I don't know but I prefer to call myself African-American because it sounds better than calling myself black.
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if you're not white you don't get the luxury of calling yourself American without any hyphenation, also america isn't a country but thats a different issue. There's a very clear history as to why this is, Xenophobia among other factors. Your question pertained to nationality, then you took a left by asking why not say black. Black isn't a nationality.
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E_Chaos wrote:

if you're not white you don't get the luxury of calling yourself American without any hyphenation, also america isn't a country but thats a different issue. There's a very clear history as to why this is, Xenophobia among other factors. Your question pertained to nationality, then you took a left by asking why not say black. Black isn't a nationality.




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I call them what they want to be called
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I call black people black, white people white, green people green, gay people gay, stupid people stupid, and spider people evil.
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America is a pair of continents; there's North and South
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Spider people aren't evil. There are good spider people and bad spider people, just like angels.
Besides, spider people help keep down more damaging pests like mosquito people or rat men.
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Posted 8/27/16 , edited 8/27/16

E_Chaos wrote:

America is a pair of continents; there's North and South


Considering there is a country called the United States of America I think it's fair to call their citizens Americans. What would you prefer they be called? Unitededs? Statesians? There is only one country that refers to itself (and is referred to by others) as America.

Also OP is saying that in his country "african-norwegian" is used to refer to a dual nationality while black Americans use it to describe their race. He didn't take any turns.
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E_Chaos wrote:

America is a pair of continents; there's North and South


man, wonder which one every book, manga, anime, and foreign film referred to when they said "america"

gosh this just changes everything
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Posted 8/27/16

Hrafna wrote:

Where I'm from, if you're African-Norwegian, that means that you have an African and a Norwegian citizenship. If you're black and have a Norwegian citizenship, but not an African citizenship, then you're not African, or African-Norwegian, you're just Norwegian.

If you're one of those who refer to yourself as-- or refer to others as African-American, do you do so because they have an African and an American citizenship, or do you just say it to remind us that you or they are black? And, if so, why not just say black?


never understood why people used african-american to describe themselves honestly. It's rather silly. They are not from Africa and have no nationality connection to it. They are Americans. White people don't call themselves "European-Americans". White is white and black is black.
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call me Sir Goddmnit
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"African american" just means that the person is black and has ancestry that goes back to Africa, that's where black people originate (so i'm told) me personally i don't care if you call me black or African american as long as your not saying it disrespectfully.
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Posted 8/27/16

Southern55 wrote:


Hrafna wrote:

Where I'm from, if you're African-Norwegian, that means that you have an African and a Norwegian citizenship. If you're black and have a Norwegian citizenship, but not an African citizenship, then you're not African, or African-Norwegian, you're just Norwegian.

If you're one of those who refer to yourself as-- or refer to others as African-American, do you do so because they have an African and an American citizenship, or do you just say it to remind us that you or they are black? And, if so, why not just say black?


never understood why people used african-american to describe themselves honestly. It's rather silly. They are not from Africa and have no nationality connection to it. They are Americans. White people don't call themselves "European-Americans". White is white and black is black.


I'll call myself American way before I call myself black.
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Posted 8/27/16

qualeshia3 wrote:


Southern55 wrote:


Hrafna wrote:

Where I'm from, if you're African-Norwegian, that means that you have an African and a Norwegian citizenship. If you're black and have a Norwegian citizenship, but not an African citizenship, then you're not African, or African-Norwegian, you're just Norwegian.

If you're one of those who refer to yourself as-- or refer to others as African-American, do you do so because they have an African and an American citizenship, or do you just say it to remind us that you or they are black? And, if so, why not just say black?


never understood why people used african-american to describe themselves honestly. It's rather silly. They are not from Africa and have no nationality connection to it. They are Americans. White people don't call themselves "European-Americans". White is white and black is black.


I'll call myself American way before I call myself black.


And I'm fine with that. I just dislike "insert country/continent here"-American from people who were born and raised in America
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