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“Black” vs. “African-American”

May 17, 2009

I was reading this post over at stuff white people do about the fact that many white people tend to assume that all black people are African-American, when in fact that is not at all the case. This reminded me of the following story.

A few years ago I taught a course in which we discussed white privilege, and a black student from the Caribbean came up to me after class one day to share an anecdote. She told me that in one of her other courses she had been criticizing some American policy and one of her white classmates had said to her: “If you hate it here so much why don’t you just go back to Africa.”

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  1. May 17, 2009 6:24 pm

    For a while in the UK “black” referred not just to ppl of African descent (mostly Carribean) but also people from “Asia” – mostly India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It was this bureaucratically created identity that assumed the experiences and ideologies of all immigrant minority groups was essentially the same.

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