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The problem with the term African American is that there are many different races that have inhabited Africa for centuries. North African has been populated by Arabic people who are racially different than sub Saharan African people.
I also know some people from South Africa who are as fair skinned and blonde as I. Their families have lived in South Africa for more than 300 years, so are they also "African Americans" in this country? After all they are originally from South Africa.
Most of the Africans that were taken to North America as slaves came from west Africa as Alex Haley's excellent book "Roots" made clear. Many African Americans have been living in the United States longer than many white ethnic groups that came here in the mass immigration from Europe.
But the major point is that the United States has become a much more diverse nation, racially and ethnically over the past fifty years. Today many people are coming to this country from India, the middle east and China. That is perfectly evident in the suburb where I live and grew up. Back in the 1960s this suburb bragged about being the "largest all white city in the United States" (which was true according to census figures from 1960 and 1970). It was a city of about 100,000 people, almost all middle class and many being second and third generation ethinc European. The character played by Clint Eastwood in the movie "Gran Torino" could have been many of my neighbors when I was growing up.
But now that suburb has changed a lot. Less than a mile from where i live is the largest Islamic center and mosque in Ohio. It is there to serve a large Moslem population that has settled in this area from the middle east. Not far away is the largest Hindu temple in Ohio. There is also a very large population of Indians living here and I often see them wearing their traditional garments in the stores locally. There are also a number of Indian restaurants and delis in my area as well.
In today's United States there is no place for any deraugatory ethnic remarks or terms by anyone anywhere, especially from any elected official or candidate. Of course our home major league baseball team is still called the Cleveland Indians, but in this area Indians are among the fastest growing ethnic group.
The spelling derivitives from the Spanish Portugese word Negro were "neger and negar"
negar means "to deny" in Spanish. It is TOTALLY UNRELATED to the word "negro" The word "neger" does not exist in Spanish at all.
Concerned75 is not competent as a linguist. He might be better off getting rich by day trading, which only he claims to understand, allothers being far too stupid, as he has said.
LBJ in the 1960's, like many Texans, pronounced the word as "nigra", with the schwa sound at the end (NIG ruh). The "n word" became taboo only after the 1970's. It has NOTHING to do with the River Niger.
After theCivil War, the most derogatory word was "black": the word "Negro" was considered more polite than "black". Hence the name of the UNCF (United NEGRO College Fund) Since most 'Black' people were not black at all (look at a picture of WEB Dubois), the preferred word prior to the Civil Rights movement was "colored" as in NAACP and (American Association for the Advancement of COLORED People).
At present, the word "Negro" is used by African Americans to refer to those who oppose what they consider to be overly bourgeoise and pro-White members of their group, the classical example being Clarence Thomas.
The preferred term has changed over the years and is now African American.
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