I AM African-American
(and so are you)
YOU = Black people living in America.
I turn my nose up at any Black person living in America that has a problem with being called African-American.
They say things like: I’m not African! I wasn’t born in Africa!
As if being born in America (or wherever else your Black ass was born) means that you have no ties to Africa or your heritage.
STOP AFRICA SHAMMING
Like many Black people living in America, I had absolutely no idea where my African ancestors came from or what other ethnicities I was “mixed” with.
I just knew I was Black, so a few years ago I happily made the $100 investment to get an Ancestry DNA test kit.
I learned that I am 83% African, 16% European, and 1% West Asian.
My African ancestry includes ties to Cameroon/Congo, Benin/Togo, and Ivory Coast/Ghana.
Here’s another silly argument: Charlize Theron was born in Africa but she lives in America now, so that makes her African-American too!
I see what they’re trying to do there but it’s clear (at least to me) that it is NOT the same thing.
Charlize is not Black. According to Wikipedia, she has French, German, and Dutch ancestry. Her French ancestors settled in South Africa.
European South African-American?
Charlize currently has both South African and American citizenship, so in my mind, when she lives in Africa, it would make sense that she be considered a White-South African or Caucasian-South African and when she’s on American soil she’s just plain ol’ Caucasian. A White or European-American.
You know, after typing the above paragraph then reading it back, I may sound absolutely ridiculous but hopefully you get my point anyway.
Charlize is not of African descent. She was just born there! That, my friends, is the difference.
For example, if I obtained French citizenship or if I was born in France I would probably be considered Afro-French, which I am not a fan of BTW; that Afro shit in regards to race or ethnicity is outdated (IMO).
African-French, Black-French or even the sophisticated sounding, African-European, works just fine for me.
After typing “What are White people born in Africa called?” into Google, the first thing that pops up is the Ask the White Guy column on DiversityInc.
Here’s part of his breakdown on the subject:
The reason we use an entire continent (Africa) instead of a country (e.g., “Italian-American”) is because slave masters purposefully obliterated tribal ancestry, language and family units in order to destroy the spirit of the people they enslaved, thereby making it impossible for their descendants to trace their history prior to being born into slavery.
This was all in an effort to prevent enslaved people from organizing and revolting their bondage (look up Nat Turner).
Ahhh…so, I guess it would make even more sense to say that Charlize Theron is Benoni-American because she was born in Benoni.
Does that mean that I should/can identify as Cameroon-American because that makes up the largest percentage of my African heritage?
I SAY YES!
Racial stigma in this case involves how people perceive Africa. The continent of Africa suffers from many negative stigmas including but not limited to: apartheid, poverty, conflict, Ebola, and HIV.
Because of this, some people do not want to be associated with Africa in any way, shape, or form.
As if America is so damn great AND VALUES the lives of BLACK PEOPLE…
The are also (of course) many beautiful things about Africa. ↵ READ!!!
Just remember, when you walk around boasting that you aren’t African-American (but that you are Black) that you aren’t doing yourself any favors; you sound like a self-hating fool.
Any self-respecting or prideful Black person knows that turning your back on Africa is the same as turning your back on your people and yourself.