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I Am A Proud Black — Don’t Call Me An African-American!!!

I am a proud black. I am not an African-American. Don’t call me an African -American. I’m an American plain and simple. I was born here as were my parents and grandparents and you would have to search many a generation back before you found anyone in my family who originated from the continent of Africa. It’s time black people in this country stop trying to identify with a land whose culture is not their own. It’s time we stand up and say “This land is our land” and let everyone know we have a right to this country as much as anyone.

I understand the need for black people in America to find an identity all their own. We are as displaced as a people can be. Brought here in the early seventeenth century, first as indentured servants then as slaves the richness of culture these individuals brought from their various tribes was systematically ripped away from them. Maybe in calling ourselves African-American we feel we can retrieve some of that richness that is lost to us and was stolen from our people so long ago. However the atrocities of the past are just that, the past and trying to identify with lost cultures isn’t going to help us achieve the respect and prosperity that has alluded us for so long in a country that is still hostile to those of African descent.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way suggesting we forget about the past. It’s important to study and learn from your forefathers’ triumphs, mistakes and pain. Continuously changing our identification however, is not the best way to use that knowledge. We’ve had several “identities:” from Colored to Negro, Black and now African-American. How can we expect anyone else to know who we are if we’re not sure of our own identity? How can we expect to come together as a people if we can’t agree on something as simple as to what to call ourselves? Hell the government is not even sure who we are if the census form was any indication with their Black, Negro, African-American non-hispanic category.

I say dispense with all of the confusion. We’re American. The sweat of our brow helped build this country. Benjamin Banneker a black man, helped design the white house. Something as simple as the traffic light and as life saving as the blood transfusion were created by black people. Americans. From music, to dance, to literature we have given much more to this country then it has have ever given to us. We can be proud in simply calling ourselves Americans because we have more then earned that right. It’s time we make use of it.

I was once asked if I viewed myself as an American first and black second. The answer is as long as America views me as black first then I’ll always be American second. But I’ll never be anything other then American, plain and simple.

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3 Responses to “I Am A Proud Black — Don’t Call Me An African-American!!!”

  1. Mr. Le
    January 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM #

    And on the backs of their ancestors the ignorant will flourish….you are not a color….and African is not just a continent it is a diverse ethnic group. Dont rob yourself of your robust lineage of over ten thousand years. American is geographic based nomeclature, so is North, Central and South American. As a product of a nation I am a U.S. American, its where I was born and where I hold a passport, as a product of my family I am proudly of African descent. Wherever I happend to be born that will never change. Remember this the next time you celebrate St. Patricks Day.

  2. DatzHott
    January 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM #

    But black is something I will always be — they white Africans the last time I check.

  3. Tima Brown
    January 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM #

    Living her in the south with so many diverse people , familys often are made up of three or more cultured groups and we love each of them. This isn’t due to slavery which has long been abolish this is by choosing. I cherish all my roots, however I will not be deemed and african American as seen fit by passerbyers who know nothing of my diversity it’s not fair .I don’t my being call black I really prefer to be called ethic !!! Africa I know nothing of my mom knows nothing of grandma pa on an on so but we do know of other places .I have pride in me as an individual but fair as african rings know pride or anything to me!!