"African-American," "black," or what is your opinion?
Lately, within my community there has been a debate on whether someone should be refered to as "African-American" or "black." Some people see "black" as referring to race -- a socially constructed classification of skin tones -- which is not their intention; they are trying to refer to one's ancestors by saying "African-American." However, others see "African-American" as meaning that an individual lived in Africa at one point in their life and is unfair to people who have always been American citizens. Despite the fact that some would prefer to not use either term, some find it difficult to avoid using them since there has been so much in the media on similar topics. What are your views on this? Do you use both terms, or do you have a problem with one or both of them? My not-so-distant ancestors came from Africa; nonetheless, I am interested in the view points of others on these terms and their usage. Please note that I stated the opinions of others in this article, and I was not trying to be offensive.