Semantics - Black v African American

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Semantics - Black v African American

Postby Ace! » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:05 pm

I know this is going to sound political, but it isn't meant to be.

I was reading a news story about someone shooting nine African Americans in a black church.

Are we at a point that black refers to objects and AA refers to people? I'm just not sure. Is it like Oriental v Asian (which I'm not sure I fully understand either)? If so, shouldn't "black" be capitalized, "Black?"
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Re: Semantics - Black v African American

Postby mudpie » Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:54 pm

I think your correct. The politically correct term is African American. Black is now considered unpolitically correct, perhaps racist and/or biased, depending upon whom you are speaking with.

Along those lines, I think the updated terminology means we are not supposed to use "white" anymore. PC term is Caucasian.

However, that all being said, I have noticed that when it is a story about a Caucasian harming and African American, they are quick to use white vs black.... Perhaps to lend/provoke more emotion from the reader?

Also, apparently we aren't supposed to call them fire crackers anymore. They prefer Hot Caucasian Americans. Please and thank you. ;-)
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Re: Semantics - Black v African American

Postby dlharte » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:32 pm

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Re: Semantics - Black v African American

Postby xt500max » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:48 pm

Some blacks are offended by the term african american because that ONLY addresses those from the african continent.

I still check "Other" to mess with the bean counters!!!!

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