PolItical correctness is extremely annoying
Wow. Americans getting so arrogant they're claiming people who aren't even from America.
They think African American just applies to anyone who’s "black". 🙄
@I Are Lebo, I almost hate to do this
@I Are Lebo, *who's
@I Are Lebo, Manifest Destiny
@I Are Lebo, On the flip side, there are a decent amount of black people in America who dislike the term African-American because only a very small percentage are directly from Africa.
@Azing, 🙄 I always seem to flub that one
@Xanyok, yeah, it's stupid from both sides. If 'white' is good enough for Caucasians, 'black' should be good enough for them.
I mean, it's not like 'Indian' and native Americans. That's using the name of a different group. If you're talking about black people it's more like mentioning Asians. It's a broad term covering many groups. It's not racist.
@I Are Lebo, As an American, African American is a retarded term to classify all black people.
@Richard Cypher, But people use it because they think calling someone black is racist or at least rude
@Richard Cypher, well my brother in law is African American. Born in south Africa and he got his American citizenship last year. Oh by the way he is white
@Univofga01, In that case he would just be white because apparently that term isn't supposed to be used logically for someone like that.
@Kyocera, yeah and it's ridiculous
@I Are Lebo, or they've become so overly cautious about what they're 'allowed' to call colored... uh black... uh african... shît, what word am I supposed to use?
@big freedom, we'll just refer to them as "melanin enriched humans".
.....what do you mean people are flipping out because I'm assuming they're human?!
@I Are Lebo, he did become naturalized, but I think this is just a news outlet trying to be PC. The problem isn't CNN, it's the people who would freak out and demand an apology if they wrote the word Black
@I Are Lebo, I think the second part of your reply was meant for someone else?
@Michael Fassbender, you're absolutely right. There's a car commercial where one guy is wearing four pleated pants and this other guy (for some reason) takes the first guy to his car to play tunes for him on the player. They're sitting in the car, in the driveway. Not moving. And they're both wearing their seat belts.
I can honestly say I would prefer an age of intolerance over this oppressing feeling of constantly being afraid of offending people. Especially with so many people going out of their way to be offended.
I'm an opinionated person. If my feeling or thinking a certain way causes offence, I don't fücking care. The fact that I have an opinion is not something anyone should be offended by. Ever. That reaction should be reserved for actions, not opinions.
@big freedom, ......no.....
@Azing, also, who are we kidding? You love to do that. 😘
@I Are Lebo, I remember looking up "Caucasian" in the dictionary and finding that their particular definition also included Blacks. Weird, huh?
@I Are Lebo, What's offensive about that commercial?
@I Are Lebo, I honestly am getting tired of being american, partially for this reason.
I've always wanted to live in Canada. Or Alaska, even though it's still America, its close enough.
@Jdrawer, nothing, I was more talking about the lengths that they went to to avoid offending anyone. It's like they expected someone to be like "they aren't wearing seatbelts! This commercial is endorsing not wearing a seatbelt!" So they just had them wear seatbelts in the driveway.
@I Are Lebo,
@InsanityWolf404, maybe you had to see it. It was stupid, and I'm tired, so I'm doing a bad job of describing it.
@I Are Lebo, I instinctually throw on my seat belt. Maybe that's what they were going for?
@Jdrawer, parked car.
@Jdrawer, and the driver was also wearing it.
@I Are Lebo, Yeah, regardless of whether it's parked or not, if I'm in a car, I'm more than likely buckled up. It's a force of habit.
@I Are Lebo, idgi. What are you talking about? Where did I mention people flipping out because you assume they're human?
@big freedom, it was a joke
@I Are Lebo, Lol that's true.
@I Are Lebo, Also, I'm super late to this, but I think the hesitance to call someone black instead of African American is largely due to how it was widely used as a very flexible insult until about the 1960s. The problem with it is that African American was the first term used to call someone black non-offensively and it thus became safer to use in a normal conversation.
@I Are Lebo, I am bothered when people assume all Americans think like this. Only stupid Americans think like this. There are stupid people all over the world. You rarely hear about intelligent people doing stuff cause intelligent-people stuff is often not funny, chaotic, disgusting, or otherwise ridiculous.
@I Are Lebo, I have dual citizenship in Africa and the u.s.
I'm actually an African american. As someone else here said, we white people don't jump down people's throats and sue them for saying white instead of Caucasian. Black people should be okay with being called black as we are called white.
Side note, people who get offended by stuff like that, and are pushing a psychotic level of "politically correct" instead of "actually correct" are assholes.
@correction, it's not just stupid people. It's also people who are constantly afraid of offending overly sensitive people. But it's a fair point, I was quite generalizing. I don't believe all Americans are stupid or ignorant or overly PC, or bigots.
@Ser Waffle Knight, well put.
It bothers me most when I hear black people regularly calling white people 'crackers'. These same types would get instantly violent if they were called nïggers. It's purest hypocrisy.
@I Are Lebo, in response to an earlier comment, "Asian" is actually too broad of a term too. Because Indians are technically Asian but I think most people don't consider them when they say "Asian people".
@I Are Lebo, I think we should all just be people.
@I Are Lebo, I look at it this way, until everyone sees how silly it is to add your ancestry in your race, I smirk when I reply to the race question with: "No I'm not white! I'm European American!"
@Quoth the Revan, no, people do need to be able to specify ethnicity. Otherwise, imagine police reports.
"What ethnicity was the attacker?"
"They were a person."
"That's not helpful. Do you want us to actually be able to catch this guy or not?"
"Omg, you can't just assume they identified as male!"
"Alright, we're done here."
"Wait! Aren't you going to catch my attacker?!"
@Noidea, nice. I agree 100%. The point of naming ethnicities is for visible characteristics. While white or black isn't technically accurate, Asian-American, European-Canadian, and so forth isn't only more information than helpful, but can often be misleading.
I'm tempted to ask these types of people to do SOME kind of research before writing their news articles, but then I remembered that they're paid to give misinformation and partial information.
More or less, the point to take away here, and this is really the only thing I hate about cnn, is that they throw in triggers to their news stories to increase eye traffic. Cnn will aggressively follow stories long after their relevance has gone by adding triggers like "police officer shoots" or "black person caught doing..." when we all understand there's no need for the label.
Well, they're not wrong
@girlnamedlime, except they are
@girlnamedlime, Black Panther is African, born and raised in Africa, who fights for his country Wakanda, a fictional land on the continent of Africa. He's not American.
If the person has US citizenship, they are American. That's it. If they have citizenship from a country in Africa, they are African. If they have dual citizenship from both of these places, they could be African American.
Are we not going to focus on this guy's username at all??