Is the term "African-American" rasict.
Why or why not.
Thoughtful, intelligent replies requested.
If a term is racist or not often depends on how and by whom it is used. If only the kkk said 'African-American' and everyone else said 'dark-skinned people' then someone using 'African-American' would be a clear indicator of racism. The problem of course it that people who are not racist could use it by accident. This dilemma is often used by "certain groups" to dogwhistle and to change the boundaries of what is acceptable.
If enough people say 'African-American' in a way where it is clear that they mean it in a derogatory way the term might also become racist just because it is used in that way too often. I think that is the reason why the term to describe this part of the population changed/changes so often.
So a word itself is seldom racist and often changes from not being racist to being racist.
“As for myself I don’t like being called ‘black American’, because it so often implies less American. And I absolutely despise being called ‘African-American.’ I am not an African. I am an American.” Albert Murray
No matter what description you use, some people will see it as racist.
I propose respect and love for all of our citizens. Maybe it would be better if we got away from referring to people’s ancestry at all. There are thousands of ways of dividing people into classifications but in the end we are all the same thing.
Cannot remember using the term African-American previously, and have not thought about it being racist. I think it is racist, either coincidentally or on purpose, except when used in reference to an African who immigrated to the Americas regardless of cultural background. For example, one might say Elon Musk is an African-American; though, the conversational context could make it derogatory or racist. It's best to avoid its use.
First the term was "colored." Then it became "Negro," then "black," then "African American." The history of each of these terms follows a similar pattern. First it is used as a simple descriptor, but, since the majority culture always denigrates and "others" the minority culture, it is only a matter of time before the descriptor begins to become a pejorative, a marker for "them." The problem is not the term itself, but the thinking process of the majority culture that invariably "others" the minority group.
Seems like an unnecessary term, but I guess it came about as an attempt at some correctness. But that doesn't make any sense to me. If one was born in America, then one is American. If you wanted to add heritage then technically we are all African Americans, since that is where all humans started.
I have remote ancestors that were born in other countries. What does it matter, really?
I feel that it is racist, in the same way that MOBO awards is racist; so many other 'institutions are set up for one or other 'minority' group. All of these are based on a precept of 'difference' ... yet if you aim for equality everything should focus on what we all have in common. You are all American ... whether your family initially arrived with the mayflower, slave from Africa, poverty driven Irish .... you all now sit on what should be the greatest nation in the world, but squander too much effort in self harming the country.
Sometimes there is a need in order to single a person out we say the woman with glasses or the long haired guy or the black girl. Most people don't take offence with that. My wife is a Filipina and when someone calls and asks for her and she says, who is it, I say they sound Filipino. I know of nobody in that community who takes that as an offence. On the other hand if the motive is to separate people into us/them groups then it does become raciest. That is my opinion anyway.
I wonder if many of the other countries in the world have double-names? Are there African-British, Somali-French, American-Canadian, American-Japanese? Is this phenomenon only in America? I guess most white people in America are European-American. I never hear Cuban-American or Spanish American. I do hear Latino-American sometimes.
Scientifically speaking, there is only one race, the human race. I don't know why humans are so infatuated with the way other people look.
Well, I am a Viking-German- American. Does that give you enough clues? I wish, all African Americans would specify even more where they came from. Tuareg-African-American would be a nice conversation starter, or Soweto-African- American.
As it stands here and now, African American is code for black and former slave. So, it's your turn to make this your own. Add more detail. Make it more interesting. Make people look up Mali on their phones.
why would it be racist? racist means showing or feeling discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or believing that a particular race is superior to another... how does that term denote or connote superiority to you? Hence, no, it is not racist.
white privilege includes living on stolen land of red skin people....getting into discussion of skin color, racist culture, reparations and civil rights is a moving target for all people of good will.....blind Ray Charles could not escape from pressure on all sides when "his people" were still called colored, negro and worse.....religion leaves Sunday the most racist day of the week ....abolitionists called the slave trade "man stealing" a step up from kidnapping Africans onto ships chained and packed like dying sardines alive in a giant can....bound for Charleston Harbor sold by Jewish ship owners to white xian buyers of human flesh.....I recommend staying out of such discussions until you have several friends who agree with you speaking the same exact words.... go as a group standing for diversity and the human race....if there are Confederate Monuments near you....good luck in that minefield bound to blow up with red necks and kkklaners itching for a fight