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Re: Whiteness?

From:Marcus Smith <smithma@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 6, 2000, 3:35
Nik Taylor wrote:

>> I.e. African-American does not mean purely & >> simply 'an American citizen whose forebears come from Africa'. > >Right, it's simply an alternate term for "Black", neither of which terms >seem particularly accurate, since "Blacks" aren't literally >black-skinned any more than "Whites" are white-skinned. > >Also, I suspect that an Australian Aborigine living in the US would >probably be called "African-American", making it even an more absurd >term than it already is!
Absolutely true. An old neighbor of mine made that complaint -- he had no connections to Africa, but was always called "African-American". Of course, my Jamaican friend makes the same complaint. He knows his ultimate origins are in African, but he claims Jamaica as his heritage. Marcus =============================== Marcus Smith AIM: Anaakoot "When you lose a language, it's like dropping a bomb on a museum." -- Kenneth Hale ===============================