|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
Jamaican friend makes the same complaint. He knows his ultimate origins
African, but he claims Jamaica as his heritage.
"When you lose a language, it's like
dropping a bomb on a museum."
-- Kenneth Hale