Actually, I don't think this demonstrates anything at all about political correctness
. It does demonstrate that the interviewer is dumb
. What does being black
have to do with the feeling one gets after winning a track event anyway? Now, I don't much care for the terms African-American
either, but only because they aren't at all accurate as most people want to use them.
I have a friend who is from Morocco. He is now an American. He is an African-American, but he is not black. I am from America myself, Misssissippi if you want to get more specific. I've never been to Africa. I cannot trace any relative to Africa. Sure, some of my anscestors are from Africa (this is conjecture, but I challenge anyone to disprove it :)), but a lot of anthropologists will tell you that we all have that in common. I do use the term African American under some circumstances, though. If it sounds better. That's why I wrote The origin of modern African American names instead of "The origin of black American names." Purely subjectively, I thought the former had a better cadence than the latter. Perhaps it was the assonance that helped as well.
An addendum: I think people who get worked up over this are people who hang around college campuses too much, or get most information about black people
from television. I have many black friends. I don't know a single one who refers to themselves or others as African American. So I strongly disagree that ". . . many blacks complain about the seperation of the races, and yet insist on calling themselves a name the completely removes them the general population." Some of the so called black leader
s go for this, because separatism, and racism solidifies their power base. So if it doesn't exist, it must be manufactured. But use of the term "African American", as far as I can tell, is not widespread among black people. White people
seem to go for it, though, to avoid ticking off the aforementioned black leader
s and whatever mindless sheep they can con into following them into another quixotic