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Old 01-07-2009, 12:14 AM   #61
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i agree.

on a related note, one of my good friends is black but she doesn't "act black", and other black girls she knows don't consider her black enough. as if there is a correct way to act based on race or background.
That's a gigantic problem. The reason why many black people who don't "act black" don't normally have black friends is because usually what happens is they're shunned by black contemporaries and over time, don't really pursue friendships with black people. I've lived my whole life on a predominently black street (there's never been more than one or two white families at a time), and yet I've never really followed too many black stereotypes (there are some that pertain to me...I loves watermelon, but that's more of a southern thing, as all fried chicken...and umm...I can talk really, really effed up, but again that's a southern thing). So I would basically be picked on at home all the time (not only for "acting white" but also for being girly as a young kid) by the other kids, and so when I'd go to school, I'd always try to make friends with the white kids first. Even today, I tend to be intimidated by some black people because 9 out of 10, they will look at me as "acting white" or whatever. Most of the time, though, that barrier just goes away and we're able to communicate on the same level, and they see that I'm really not "acting" one way or the other.
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That's a gigantic problem. The reason why many black people who don't "act black" don't normally have black friends is because usually what happens is they're shunned by black contemporaries and over time, don't really pursue friendships with black people. I've lived my whole life on a predominently black street (there's never been more than one or two white families at a time), and yet I've never really followed too many black stereotypes (there are some that pertain to me...I loves watermelon, but that's more of a southern thing, as all fried chicken...and umm...I can talk really, really effed up, but again that's a southern thing). So I would basically be picked on at home all the time (not only for "acting white" but also for being girly as a young kid) by the other kids, and so when I'd go to school, I'd always try to make friends with the white kids first. Even today, I tend to be intimidated by some black people because 9 out of 10, they will look at me as "acting white" or whatever. Most of the time, though, that barrier just goes away and we're able to communicate on the same level, and they see that I'm really not "acting" one way or the other.

a lot of people don't see it this way but I think it's unfair for some groups of people to be given a standard of how they "should" act while others can act however they want without being viewed any differently. If you've noticed too, the only black people who "act black" are people in THIS country. i remember there was a girl from haiti who came to my school last year and she spoke french, and some of the black girls criticized her for not "acting black". as if someone from a country with a completely different culture and background is going to conform to society's ideals of how they should act.
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Pretty much. "African American" and "Black" should not be used interchangeably. If someone's gonna use AA, well then they should also be aware that they might also use it for someone who isn't dark skinned. And just because a "white" person is from Africa doesn't mean that they look different from Europeans or "normal" white people, either. This is a picture of African soap stars, and they sure don't look like what one would immediately assume Africans to look like...
You make a very good point.

I don't know who those people are, but a famous Anglo-African is Dave Matthews.

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i agree.

on a related note, one of my good friends is black but she doesn't "act black", and other black girls she knows don't consider her black enough. as if there is a correct way to act based on race or background.


LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL


I get that from time to time that I dont act "black"

Sorry for not growing up in the hood(you have to blame my mother for that one lol), and I dont speak in the hip hop slang because some of it sounds like bad grammar. Oh yeah I should mention my least favorite genre is rap music. I dont wear Fubu, or whatever those name brands are, nor do I wear Nike air Jordan(all that stuff is expensive).

I just have to laugh at that from time to time on how people like to think that if you are a certain race you are supposed to behave a certain way.
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I get that from time to time that I dont act "black"

Sorry for not growing up in the hood(you have to blame my mother for that one lol), and I dont speak in the hip hop slang because some of it sounds like bad grammar. Oh yeah I should mention my least favorite genre is rap music. I dont wear Fubu, or whatever those name brands are, nor do I wear Nike air Jordan(all that stuff is expensive).

I just have to laugh at that from time to time on how people like to think that if you are a certain race you are supposed to behave a certain way.
and it's only in this country where what we consider "acting black" is associated with being black. it's ridiculous, notice white people can act however and we're never considered less white for it. huge double standard, lmao
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You make a very good point.

I don't know who those people are, but a famous Anglo-African is Dave Matthews.

And you know, I bet many of his fans don't even know that. Some of my classmates are fans of his, and I'm sure they wouldn't believe me if I told them that he is from South Africa.
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I get that from time to time that I dont act "black"

Sorry for not growing up in the hood(you have to blame my mother for that one lol), and I dont speak in the hip hop slang because some of it sounds like bad grammar. Oh yeah I should mention my least favorite genre is rap music. I dont wear Fubu, or whatever those name brands are, nor do I wear Nike air Jordan(all that stuff is expensive).

I just have to laugh at that from time to time on how people like to think that if you are a certain race you are supposed to behave a certain way.
To be honest, I like some rap music, but I also like "some" country and "some" rock and "some" pop, so I don't look at rap music like some black people do, as if it's "for" us. That aggravates me. I really don't pay too much attention to clothing brands...I like Southpole, but that's only because I like the clothes lol It's not because it's "for" us or anything. And well...yeah, despite my huge vocabulary and unnatural love for grammar and mechanics, I do have a tendency to talk in a real...real messed up way. But trust me, that has more to do with growing up in the south than anything else. Both whites and blacks have destroyed the English language down here, and, frankly, "we's right-damn proud of it!"
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(Besides, you could end up offending blacks who are from South America or the West Indies by calling them African American).
But "African American" just sounds so sophisticated and intelligent, doesn't it. That's why I prefer it.
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I respect your opinion, but I'm just the opposite.

The term African-American bothers me. Why? Because they're not African born. They are Americans of African descent. I could see the term being used for an African who immigrated to this country and became a citizen. I think in that instance, it would be justified.
Yes, I see what you mean. My preference of the term has nothing to do with race or the culture of black people, however. It's simply because I like the way the phrase sounds. It sounds more cultured, higher class, if you see what I mean? Maybe it's just me being a little snobbish but I love words/expressions that give the impression of intelligence and sophistication.
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I dont dig the term African Ameircan because its not accurate. You can be white and be African American. A white person from Africa who moves to American is African American
But ignoring the accuracy/racial aspect, do you think the term sounds nice?

For everyone else who doesn't like the expression - I understand why, but if you ignore the racial and cultural connotations, how do you think the phrase itself sounds? To me, it just sounds longer and more impressive, which is why I like it.
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