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cubicgarden
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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@cubicgarden the ‘African- American’ thing has always annoyed me intensely - and I’m neither Black nor American

odd
odd

@cubicgarden It’s clear the world is starving for lack of knowledge and empathy.

This is not like anything I’ve ever experienced, (being a white Norwegian male), but when a couple of friends and I was taking the boat out to Alcatraz, (wearing a bit low key clothing), we talked amongst ourselves, and then I saw a father pointed to us and then tell his son “They’re Russians”.

numericcitizen
numericcitizen

@odd It seems to me that for some americans, they need an enemy. All the time.

odd
odd

@numericcitizen Maybe so. Military Industrial Complex and so on. That’s not limited to the USA of course.

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timapple
timapple

@cubicgarden My wife is from Ethiopia and deals with the same things. There is still so very much progress to be made here in the US socialy and culturaly. Very much a work in progress.

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@timapple

Yes its annoying after a while. I actually found a film recently (can’t remember which one) where there was a Russian Black man and they were very confused.
I guess it makes for a good plot point but shows a similar point.

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@odd

Absolutely… guess I only really experienced in the states although visiting many parts of the world.

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@numericcitizen

Ha! Your words not mine 🙂

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@JohnPhilpin

Its strange to me, as I call myself Black and at a push UK Black or Black British.
If I was to say Caribbean-British, I would likely laugh afterwards.
Guess it depends on the context, as I do enter it on the NHS track and trace system.

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@odd

Wow!
Funny enough a friend of mine, use to get asked if she was “really?” Swedish as she had red hair and spoke very good English.
Crazy eh?

timapple
timapple

@cubicgarden.com Well it seems so far you have endured with grace and patience. May you be able to keep up the pace until the ignorant catch up.

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@cubicgarden.com I get the importance of ethic origin … which is why African American is truly annoying since Africa is not a single ethnic source and as you say seems to exclude Carribean, Jamaican etc etc … Asian American is just as bad .. but there is something about America that insists on these descriptors because even when you come here you hang on to that heritage … Irish Americans, Italian Americans … though to my knowledge ‘English/British American’ does not seem to be used ..

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@timapple

Thanks… lets hope for the change of pace

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@JohnPhilpin

That is a interesting point, not certain why this is?
I wonder why you don’t hear as much in other countries?
I hear people say French Canadian but that’s more for the language?
Its all so interesting…