The time has come for the people of color in the U.S. to again make the assessment of our placement on the planet by way of our ethnic moniker. A young man has called to task the use of the term “African-American” as being irrelevant to our present footing in the country. Being “black” is enough for him.
Gibre George, 38, is a black man from Miami and he started a Facebook page called “Don’t Call Me African-American” to express his opinions on the identifier. But, what he did not know was that there were many more folks out there that agree with him. So far, he has garnered 1,872 likes and 1,743 people who are “talking about this.”
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, George believes his point-of-view is shared with a younger generation:
“It just doesn’t sit well with a younger generation of black people,” continued George, who is 38. “Africa was a long time ago. Are we always going to be tethered to Africa? Spiritually I’m American. When the war starts, I’m fighting for America.”
That statement is a little surprising because it seems that he is saying the African lineage in his family has been broken over the years. Maybe that is what a lot of the “younger generation” believes. But, it’s amazing how people feel when Skip Gates would take them through the process of locating their ancestors on his show “African American Lives”. Their great, great, great, great, grandparents seem closer than ever in that very moment when their existence is laid in front of them for review. Most, break down in tears at the atrocities that have made them American, not African.
Maybe we’ll end up identifying with “colored” again. You think? This topic is far too complex for any one person to be right or wrong. The conversation is back though and it will surely heat up from here. So I’ll end my conversation with, you can call me African American. You can call me black, I’m fine with either term. Just don’t call me n…………
Read the rest of the report here. What does this conversation mean to you?