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Here is a commentary that I would like to make on the use of the
term (as well as the history) of that of 'African American' ....

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Because African-American (AA) is actually an ETHNIC grouping
(as opposed to being a RACIAL grouping) -- there is NO "RACIAL
QUALIFICATION" REQUIRED in order to or a person to be an AA.

More than 70% of the AAs are of a Mixed-Race Lineage; about 25%
of the AAs are of a full-Black lineage; and 5% of the AAs are found
to have no traces of Black lineage in their ancestry whatsoever.

One should NOT assume, HOWEVER, that any person who is from
the continent of Africa and who becomes an American citizen ----
can be an African-American, NOR that any African person
living in the Americas is automatically an African-American.

This is not how the term is used.

African-American is an ETHNIC description used to describe
ONLY those people who .... are the descendants of and can
trace their ancestry back to the survivors of the targets of the
chattel-slave system which took place on the continental
U.S. during the antebellum era of the nations history.

Most white people found in the continent of Africa did
not have ancestors from the continental United States
who were chattel-slaves during the antebellum era
--- and therefore they aren't African-Americans.

Much like actress Charlize Theron is a white person who was
from South Africa then became an expatriate to the United
States (and is said to have, since, become an American) is
NOT a member of the very unique African-American (AA)
Ethnic grouping (as AAs are an Ethnic group, not a Race
group) -- but rather, Ms. Theron is 'a White American who
is of 'South African' Ethnicity' (and is not a member of the
very unique Ethnic grouping now called African-American)

In addition, while a common history of 'slavery' can apply to
a substantial majority of Americans who are categorized as
"black" -- not every "black" person who grows up, lives or
works in the United States is an African-American, either

Some black people in America are immigrants, expatriates, tourists
and students from the Black Diaspora -- and have no personal
ties to the African-American ethnicity or related history.

These people are often part of Ethnic group such as the
Afro-Cubans, Jamaicans, New Zealanders,
Maroons, British West Indians, etc.

For instance, model Melyssa Ford, Runner Ben Johnson
and singer Deborah Cox are all African-Canadians.
They all work in the U.S., some live here.
They are not African-Americans.

Also, Barack Obama's father is from
Kenya, his mother has Irish roots.

Neither of his parents are "descendants-of-the-survivors"
of the chattel-slavery system that took place on the
continental United States during the antebellum era.

Barack Obama can be described as either a 'Black'
American or as a 'half-Black' American -- but he is not
a member of the very unique African-American Ethnicity

He does, however, seem to strongly identify with that
particular Ethnic grouping of people; he has a good
number of constituents who are of that Ethnicity;
he has married into an African-American family
and has children who are half African-American.

But both Barack and his children have
an east African Kenyan ancestry --
whereas his wife, Michelle's, "black"
ancestry comes from West Africa.

"African-American is an ETHNIC description used to describe
ONLY those people who .... are the descendants of and can
trace their ancestry back to the survivors of the targets of
the chattel-slave system which took place on the continental
United States during the antebellum era of the nations history."
Posted By: DAVID JOHNSON
Sunday, December 1st 2013 at 8:41PM
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