African-American, Hyphenated

I just read a “news” article on CBS.  You can practically feel the hope and change.  Too bad they are supposed to be a news organization, and not a consultant to the Democratic party!

Anyways, I wanted to write about the term “African-American.”  I have several problems with this.  First of all, Africa and America are continents.  They are mutually exclusive.  A place is either in Africa or America; a man is either born in Africa or America.

More importantly, a man either identifies with Africa or America.  Africa is about tribalism, collectivism, deep mysticism, and endless savage warfare.  America is the land of freedom and opportunity.  It is about respect for the individual rights of life, liberty, and property.

Pick one.

The term raises many questions.  Am I an American-American?  What if I moved to Kenya–would I be an American-African?  What about if someone moves from China to Kenya–is he an Asian-African?  What about a black man who was born in America–is he African American?  What if his parents and grandparents and great-grandparents were born here?  How many generations are tied to the old land before he is just an American?

Or what about a black man  born in France who moved to America–is he a European-American or an African-American?

Is Africanness a synonym for being of the negro race?  Is this unlike Europeanness or South Americanness, which are presumably nothing more than mere places?

You know what?  I think the whole thing is a fraud.  There, I’ve said it.  “African-American”, like so many other politically-correct terms, is pure bullshit.

It is a play on the unearned guilt of white people, a play to be recognized as a victim to get the handouts.

A man may be of the negro, mongoloid, or caucasian race (black, yellow, or white for short).  A man may live in African, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia, India, Greenland or even Antarctica.  He may claim these places as being a major part of his identity, particularly if he is a first- or second-generation immigrant.

But to be of two continents is absurd.  And to claim Africa as part of your identity when you’ve lived here your whole life, and your parents, grandparents, etc., is absurd.

Grow up.  You’re not a victim and I don’t want to give you any more handouts.  If you really identify with Africa, and want to be African, then go there!  No one is stopping you from attaining your dreams!

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