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I call them black. People call me white. The world keeps on spinning ...
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Hrafna wrote:


Em0SceneStabr wrote:

So, Caucasion doesn't mean that you have a dual citizenship, that you have two passports, that you can live freely in both countries, that you can choose to join an Asian or the European military, it means white. did i do that right?


No. Clearly you have issues with terms and definitions, from where they derived and to which they are used, and need a higher education so as to get your shit all sorted out.


You ask a question, then make a comment. i think your confused so i offer a bit of information, you then copied and pasted something at me. When i reword what you said for you to understand you curse at me........ but i a "higher education" i'm surprised you didn't call me a kid.
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Hrafna wrote:

So, African-American doesn't mean that you have a dual citizenship, that you have two passports, that you can live freely in both countries, that you can choose to join an African or the American military, it means black. So, is it then safe to assume that black people in Norway are African-Americans, since black and African-American is the same thing now, or what? If you're African-American, then would that make me Sami-German-Norwegian since one of my grandfathers on my father side was from Germany and one of my grand-grandmothers on my mother side were Sami?

You're confuzzling yourself. Juhst stap

You understand that words can have different meanings in different countries, right? I hope you do.

I don't know if you're seriously trying to get to the core of some philosophical reasoning as to why black people are referred to as such, here, or if this was just a veiled attempt to call America racest at itz cohr, but African-American means black fucking American. Same thing.

Same. Thing.
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Well, However you want to say it, even the term "black" people was/is a derogitory term at one point, in fact every way that white americans of the past called black people by was meant to be intentionally derogitory. Black people were originally brought over from Africa and so when they taught themselves english (or a version of it since they learned by immersion hence slang) they called themselves by whatever white people called them because that's all they knew. The early slaves may have called themselves by whatever tribe they came from, but having been separated completely and being mixed in with others from different tribes and languages or those born on american soil who knew nothing about where they came from, they were bound to lose that knowledge (the documentary/movie roots is actually incredibly amazing for having recorded so much history in a time when education/writing was restricted and punished by death for all those generations until the story COULD be written out, a miracle so to speak, but back to the point.)

With that being the case, as time moved on and things changed, black people began to realize with education that even though it was the norm at the time that "hey this is not a nice thing to be called and this shouldn't be the case even if most other black people are ok with it out of ignorance and having been born thinking it was normal.

Now then, an example: at birth, you are named Dum-Ass Retarded Kidd. Older people snicker at it but as for the age group your in, nobody knows any better and everyone gets used to it as your name.
When you get older and learn stuff you realize "wow this is a really messed up name" and you change it to "Eloquent-Genius Cool Kidd" because it's the opposite of what you had and is a start to giving back lost dignity and pain (i'm great with these names aren't I?)

but now that you've changed the name, people are angry. The ones who snickered at you don't want to use your new name and still call you by the old one behind your back "who does that Dum-Ass Kidd think he is?"
Your brothers and sisters are conflicted on the issue, some understand and change their names and some are angry that you changed the name your parents gave you and some even just don't want trouble with anyone and change nothing even though they agree with you.
Others who grew up with you but aren't family are irritated at why you're making such a big deal over being called your name since you grew up together and they called you that and you were fine. They don't think the same way as the older ones but they act the same and they wonder why they should have to change themselves and call you "Eloquent-Genius Cool Kidd" when it's the older people/adults who gave you a bad name and laughed at you in the first place. They of course still think they should be able to call you by that name with no consequences since they didn't start it (I mean if I kick you because someone else put a "kick me" sign on you, don't get mad at me! It's not like I could have taken it off and stood up for you instead right?).


Ok example over now, did you get it? Without going any further (and I could, but this is already long enough) "African-American" is a way of calling ones self that is detached from the stigma of being called derogatory names and representative of the fact that they are Americans of African decent.

(side note: most black people aren't black as in the color black, this is obvious if you think about it, but most people don't anymore because it's become so "normal" even though it's reminiscent of "black face" an inhuman depiction of dark skinned people. However, you don't have to tip toe around black people since most grew up hearing it and the intent of what you say matters almost as much as what you say.)
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^ Hey look! A smart person!

Take some notes, fellow humans. And annotate. Annotate well, ffs.
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