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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 7/17/17
Should we be calling black Americans African-Americans? Most of them are about as African as I am European and I don't have anyone calling me a European-American. People just call me American or Machamp.




"African-American" is one of the most demeaning terms that people think is proper to say. It's ridiculous. Africa is a huge continent with multiple countries, multiple cultures, and multiple languages. It's not all the same. Plus not all black people in this country are "African-American" some are Jamaican, some are from Brazil, some are from Europe, etc... If you are black and you are a citizen of this country you are an American that happens to be black. There is no hyphen involved.
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/10/17
"African-American" is a self-identified term used to promote solidarity within the African-American community. If someone doesn't want to have that label, they can feel free to drop it and tell others not to use it with them. If they do want to keep it, I don't see what's wrong with it.

If you want to call yourself a "European-American," go wild. Just know that most people won't think of that as a point of pride.
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/6/17

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If you want to call yourself a "European-American," go wild. Just know that most people won't think of that as a point of pride.


It is a point of pride though. Doesn't matter if they think it is or not.
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/7/17
Who is this person that you quoted?

Did you literally make a topic based on a 4chan meme?
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/10/17

21stCenturyGemini wrote:

Who is this person that you quoted?

Did you literally make a topic based on a 4chan meme?


I think their names are Diamond and Silk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIXGpScZ0Cg
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/11/17

Rujikin wrote:


21stCenturyGemini wrote:

Who is this person that you quoted?

Did you literally make a topic based on a 4chan meme?


I think their names are Diamond and Silk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIXGpScZ0Cg


Those two trump supporters from youtube?

Oh god.

Haven't heard anything about those woman since the election ended.
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/6/17
No, and thats the issue we have today with everyone who comes here....
American first , even more so if you were born here , ur parents born here and so on
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/6/17

21stCenturyGemini wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


21stCenturyGemini wrote:

Who is this person that you quoted?

Did you literally make a topic based on a 4chan meme?


I think their names are Diamond and Silk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIXGpScZ0Cg


Those two trump supporters from youtube?

Oh god.

Haven't heard anything about those woman since the election ended.


What does Trump have to do with this topic?
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/6/17

theunlocked wrote:

"African-American" is a self-identified term used to promote solidarity within the African-American community. If someone doesn't want to have that label, they can feel free to drop it and tell others not to use it with them. If they do want to keep it, I don't see what's wrong with it.

If you want to call yourself a "European-American," go wild. Just know that most people won't think of that as a point of pride.


Yes....because being proud to be european aka white is racist. Right, not pride
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Posted 7/16/17 , edited 9/6/17

Magical-Soul wrote:


21stCenturyGemini wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


21stCenturyGemini wrote:

Who is this person that you quoted?

Did you literally make a topic based on a 4chan meme?


I think their names are Diamond and Silk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIXGpScZ0Cg


Those two trump supporters from youtube?

Oh god.

Haven't heard anything about those woman since the election ended.


What does Trump have to do with this topic?


Did you click on the video linked?

Diamond and Silk were posting pro-trump youtube videos all throughout the election.
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Posted 7/17/17 , edited 9/6/17

21stCenturyGemini wrote:


Magical-Soul wrote:


21stCenturyGemini wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


21stCenturyGemini wrote:

Who is this person that you quoted?

Did you literally make a topic based on a 4chan meme?


I think their names are Diamond and Silk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIXGpScZ0Cg


Those two trump supporters from youtube?

Oh god.

Haven't heard anything about those woman since the election ended.


What does Trump have to do with this topic?


Did you click on the video linked?

Diamond and Silk were posting pro-trump youtube videos all throughout the election.


Trump/supporting Trump has nothing to do with what we should call Americans.
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Posted 7/17/17 , edited 7/17/17
African-American, black doesn't bother me. The way I look at it the majority of people that live in America that are recognized as citizens are white at the moment. That's changing but currently that's the reality. Pretty much has been since the founding. Almost every other group had to "earn" it's place in the eyes of the government. It's the sad ugly truth. So how America views race comes with a lot of baggage. Doesn't help that people play politics with that history.
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Posted 7/17/17 , edited 9/11/17

redokami wrote:


theunlocked wrote:

"African-American" is a self-identified term used to promote solidarity within the African-American community. If someone doesn't want to have that label, they can feel free to drop it and tell others not to use it with them. If they do want to keep it, I don't see what's wrong with it.

If you want to call yourself a "European-American," go wild. Just know that most people won't think of that as a point of pride.


Yes....because being proud to be european aka white is racist. Right, not pride


I understand you're fed up with whatever is going on in your life, but it's not doing you any favours carrying that chip on your shoulder into GD all the time. =/

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Posted 7/17/17 , edited 7/17/17

redokami wrote:

No, and thats the issue we have today with everyone who comes here....
American first , even more so if you were born here , ur parents born here and so on


Tell that to the 110,000 Japanese Americans, those born here in the US, quite a few of the kids were 3rd generation, who were stuck in internment camps unlike their German American citizens and had their property, their homes, their businesses, taken without due process or recompense. Simply an executive order signed by a President.

While I do like to believe that you are American just for being born an American, or being naturalized as a citizen, and you have fully acclimatized to the country, but history paints a very different picture.

Certainly it happened quite a few decades ago. But nothing I have seen indicates that it would not happen again.
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Posted 7/17/17 , edited 9/10/17
we should call people people and eliminate all race and gender classifications and remove all race or gender questions from every form. i currently refuse to check a race box on any form unless i am forced to and then i choose other and leave the clarification line blank. if i could leave gender blank i would also do that.

why? i find the whole thing racist and sexist. why should my race or gender matter?
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