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JabarkusRussell
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Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?

If anything, it was a better description considering people like Charlize Theron are technically African-Americans.


Tigah in the ATL
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
Why do you care? Is it harming you?


JabarkusRussell
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
If I say the word in a black community, yes it most likely would harm me. If its such a bad word why don't they renamed United Negro College Fund?


ShortyRob
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
I haven't replaced it. I still use black. I'm not changing every time some new idiot decides the last term they demanded we use is now offensive.

But, in any case, this thread looks like a pretty solid troll.


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Joshjrn
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
I use "black" and will continue to do so until they come up with a more acceptable, less assumptive term than African-American.


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Zach
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
Historically, I remember it coming into common parlance around 1980. That was a time when South Africa's aparthied system was getting a lot of heat and Afro centrism was getting more popular.

More American blacks were wearing Dashikis. And the movie 'Roots' was a big hit.

NFL football star Jim Brown was one who adopted the style:

Image: http://espn.go.com/i/magazine/new/jim_brown.jpg




Doc Fenton
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
This is my best guess of how it went down:

Negro was at first a good alternative to the other N-word, and was used by black leaders during the early 20th century.

After WWII, when people saw the absurd theories of scientific racism taken to their wildest extremes, this is when even the term "negro" became tainted, as many materials published as scientific fact had very un-scientific descriptions of the inherent inferiorities of the mongoloid and negroid races.

Thus, wanting to cash in on black people's contributions to America during wartime, the more patriotic sounding term African-American came into usage. But it was never quite mainstream--it was more of an academic and elitist political thing.

Many black people continued to prefer being called black people, and to some extent, there were even a few cases of backlash against the AA term, although for the most part, I don't think many black people care if you call them black or AA.

I do get pissed when someone tells me as a white person that it's poor form to call black Americans "blacks," as if I'm doing something wrong there.


JabarkusRussell
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
It's so stupid. If a Haitian or Jamacian are in the news they are always called African-Americans. I'm surprised people don't call David Ortiz African-American.


Doc Fenton
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
There's no good term for the people in question that can't be mocked for seeming illogical for some reason.

Even for "black," why not brown? What about albino black people? And so on...


novabill
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
quote:

Why do you care? Is it harming you?


Is any term used harming those being referred to? Why is the question even asked if it is harming him?


The Boat
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
Probably because Negro sounds a lot like the bad n word.


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Zach
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
Every country in the world has ethnic terms of derision. Americans seem to be the most sensitive in believing it shouldn't exist.

Between my two marriages I dated a Malaysian Chinese woman. She hated Muslims. Called them all sorts of nasty names.

Me: "So, what do the Chinese call whites that they hate?

Her: "Hom Macau"

Me: What does that mean?

Her: "Stupid red headed monkey."

It all comes from appearance. There are few whites with red hair but there are no Chinese with red hair. So, they generalize.

My DIL is Mexican. But her ethnicity is more Spanish than Indian. So, she hates "those idiot Aztecs."


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NHTIGER
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
MLK Jr. used the word no less than 15 times in his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, and even listening to it today, it is in no way any less powerful to listen to , and hearing the word each of the 15 times it is spoken brings neither cringes nor grimaces from those who truly understand that words are words and actions are actions.


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Robot Santa
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
I had an English teacher in highschool who was a white South African, and her family immigrated here when she was in highschool. Not knowing any better, she applied for "African-American" scholarships to college, which she received. Upon discovering she was white, the scholarship was promptly revoked. She sued and got it back.

:csb:


themunch
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
nice story there.


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prplhze2000
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
Negro is actually the scientific classification.


JabarkusRussell
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
Colored, Negro, Black, Afro American, African American, People of Color. They change their names more than Puff Daddy does.


RollTide4Ever
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
What a dumb bitch.


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pointman
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
Pulp Fiction would just have not been the same if Samuel L jackson would have said "Hey African American you sending the wolf" instead of "hey negro you sending the wolf" Negro was much better.


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LSURulzSEC
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re: Why was the term Negro replaced with African American?
I work with a guy from the Sudan named Joseph who immigrated here from there 12 yrs ago with the help of the Catholic Diocese to get him away from the war...hasn't seen his family since and can't get back there right now, his family tells him to stay there is too much fighting where his family is, at least he is able to skype with them from time to time...

he came here not being able to speak english and now he's about to graduate with a Process Engineering degree and was just sworn in an American citizen 3 months ago...

one day he and another person I work with who is also black were in a discussion and the other guy said, "well we African-Americans" and Joseph stopped him mid sentence and said "you are not African-American, you are an American you were born here, the only people who are African-Americans are the one born in Africa and moved here and became American citizens, blacks that are born here are not African Americans and whites born here are not European Americans, you are just Americans"

I agree with him 100%
This post was edited on 6/9 at 4:41 pm


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