The Mystery Of What to Call “Black Folk”

alfonzo

Great panel on Hannity! There was a long discussion on the issue of, “What’s the appropriate term for us?”
Is African-American ok or not ok? Is Black-American ok or not ok? I tolerate either term, but neither are my preference.

“African” is not a term that accurately defines us. Africa is a continent, not an ethnicity.
Africa has many tribes, countries, cultures, languages, etc. The continent of Africa encompasses both Ethiopian descendants, Egyptian descendants, Arabian descendants, Libyan descendants, and Jewish descendants. So to be “black” is not an exclusive distinction of what it is to be African. Besides, a continent named after a Roman doesn’t describe, “black” to me.

As a Bible believing Christian, I accept the title of the progenitor of our ethnicity, the grandson of Noah; Cush. Therefore I consider myself a Cushite or Nubian.

I’ve told that to some of my friends who are of the Caucasian persuasion (or Nordic or European. Honestly, I’m not sure what’s appropriate for y’all. It was a heavy enough journey narrowing it down to the more appropriate term for my ethnicity! Sheeesh!) Any way. As I was saying. Some white people have responded saying, “Cushite or Nubian is not going to fly.” To which I’ve responded as tactfully as possible. “Are we going to continue with what white people are deciding what we’re fit to be called?”

Man, the answer to where we’ve descended from has been under our nose the whole time. But that’s the Bible for ya. The truth written, right under our nose.

I don’t care for being hyphenated. There’s no use for it unless the info is vital. I’m an American. If you’re concerned with what my ethnicity is, it is either Cushite or the synonymous term, Nubian, not African,
As I’m not the descendant of a continent. I’m the descendant of original tribes that initiated our race by God’s design, as pointed out in the Bible.

Sorry if other ethnicities will feel awkward or silly about addressing us as Cushite or Nubian, but from the looks of it they STILL feel awkward and stumble over how to address us anyway!

So if y’all are going to feel awkward about how to address us, at least feel awkward about getting used to addressing us by the correct term.

And I know many are going to say, “How about I just call you American, or friend, or brother, patriot, etc. What does it matter? We’re all human, and all children of God.”

I really appreciate that! I really do. But God named His children who would be the progenitors. They had distinguishing characteristics.

If it was important enough for God to create these varieties, it’s probably important that we acknowledge and appreciate what He’s done. We don’t unify by ignoring our ethnic differences. That takes far more effort than acknowledging our differences and just moving on regardless, and not being hung up on it like liberals; Who like to pat them selves on the back for being tolerant of other ethnicities.

People want to avoid this, because they don’t want to be wrong or feel dumb in the effort.

This ain’t no lame exercise in divisive, complicating, political correctness. It’s actually the path of least resistance, with the most redeeming value.

I’m not color blind. God didn’t make us different shades just so we could assume a monochromatic view.

Colors are beautiful. See them.

With all due respect, saying things like, “What does it matter? We’re all human.” is to be dismissive of a problem that won’t go away, because people keep trying to sweep the issue under the rug, and there are those that keep shaking the rug to redeposit the dust all over the house.

In closing. I don’t feel the need to point out ethnicity, unless it’s vital info, like describing a patient or something.

But if I’m going to do a speaking engagement, there’s really no need to label me a “Black-Conservative”. Conservatives are smart enough to see what my ethnicity is when I take the stage, and deep enough to judge me by my character. Also, we agree that being a hyphenated American, sucks. Why would we be ok with being hyphenated conservatives or hyphenated republicans? We gotta be consistent, right?

That being said, if it’s necessary to point out our ethnicity, I would say the most acceptable term is “black”, and the more accurate terms are Cushite or Nubian. I’d narrow it down to those. Use at your discretion.

Hope that’s helpful!

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  • Eric Johnson

    Recently, I was reflecting on this issue when it dawned on me that new immigrants from Africa (as a Realtor I’ve worked with several in last 3 years) don’t call themselves African-Americans. They say proudly “we’re from Nigeria” or Congo, or wherever.

    Did you ever notice many whites, like myself, don’t have a country of origin? In my case it’s 1/4 Norwegian, 1/4 Swedish, 1/8 German, 1/8ish English, 1/8ish Scottish, and 1/8ish mutt/something else. I’m just too lazy to try and hyphenate all of that! I just call myself an American.
    Eric

  • Serafin Garcia

    I am an American as you are an American.. That’s it.. Is like the person at the panel said “There are no Black French people”….

  • Scott McDonald

    Only problem I see with “Nubian” is that is will inevitably be shortened to “Nub”, which is a slang spelling of Newbie. Along with Nub and Newbie are Newb and Noob. All of these terms already have the negative connotation of meaning, “You don’t know what you are doing” or “stupid”. So I wouldn’t endorse this particular term regardless of it’s accuracy.

    • Zo

      Scott. We’ve been called n**ger, and many other very ugly words. I don’t think being noob is such a bad trade off for the sake of being addressed by the term that lands closest to our origins.

    • Scott McDonald

      This is a fair point. Though I should admit that my initial comment was a little tongue-in-cheek. Although, if I were to debate this issue seriously, I would quote Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, a German Naturalist and Anthropologist who classified humans into 5 broad categories of Caucasoid, Mongoloid, Ethiopian, American Indian, and Malayan. He wrote in his 1775 treatise “The Natural Varieties of Mankind”: “one variety of mankind does so sensibly pass into the other, that you cannot mark out the limits between them”.

      While I find it admirable that people want to celebrate their heritage (I myself am from Celtic/Germanic descent without a drop of Anglo-Saxon blood in the mix), at the end of the day, do I want to be called a Caucasian American? A Scot/German American? An American? Well, if I’m feeling patriotic, I’d take American (tongue in cheek again). But, at the end of the day, what do I choose to be classified as: A man. What do I choose to be called? By my name.

      I think the real qualifying issue here should be: Under which context do I wish to be called what? “Hey, where’s your family from?” – “I’m a Nubian”, okay. “Hey, what are you?” – “Are you stupid, I’m a man!” “Hey, who are you?” – “Hello, I’m Zo”.

      P.S. Zo, I’m a huge fan. 😀

    • DET

      I’m curious as to the difference between “Mongoloid” and “Malayan.”

    • Scott McDonald

      I brought up Johann for the quote about the inability to mark limits between “human types”, not because I agree with or believe his three hundred year old classifications. 😉

      The more modern concepts would be East Asian for Mongoloid and Austronesian for Malayan. This was pre-genetics science based off physical features, such as those used by modern anthropologists to determine the race, age, and gender of skeletal remains. Johann believed the East Asians originated in Mongolia, thus he named them Mongoloid. He also believed Austronesian originated in Malayia, thus called them Malayan.

      The differences are all superficial. Traits such as epicanthic fold and shovel-shaped incisors for East Asian/Mongoloid.

      However, as I said, I don’t believe nor support Johanns three hundred and fifty some odd year old classification as he based them almost exclusively off skin color. He used White, Red, Yellow, Black and Brown; Causasoid, American Indian, Mongoloid, Ethopian, and Malayan respectively. I quoted him simply because of this:

      “one variety of mankind does so sensibly pass into the other, that you cannot mark out the limits between them”

      Which is essentially saying: You can’t classify people. Scientifically speaking, there is only one current human race: Homo Sapiens Sapiens. All other subspecies of human is currently extinct.

      However, what Zo is referring to is Socioeconomic or Regional classifications, not scientific classifications. I am celtic, he is Nubian/Cushite, We are both American 🙂

    • Robotpals

      Interesting that you claim Germanic descent “without a drop of Anglo-Saxon blood”. Go back just a little bit more, and the Angles and Saxons are living in Germany amongst other tribes that would one day form Germany. English (Anglish) as a language is descended from German, so in a way, Anglo-Saxon and Germanic are almost the same thing. The modern English “race” also throws in a helping of Norman, which is a “race” of Northmen who conquered a part of France and became French before conquering England. I find history and the histories of ethnicity truly fascinating, and if you go back far enough, you have a guy named Noah who had three sons who probably looked very different from one another.

    • Zo

      Hi Scott, I figured it was tongue in cheek! I guess I should have employed one of those smiley emoticons. 🙂

    • crofootski

      Well, based on my father’s ancestry, I’m a Dutch-Irish-French-English-American. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that on any forms!

    • TruckinMack

      Me? I long for the day when we used Dago, Spic, Kike, Pollock (I’m Polish) and N—– with abandon. We weren’t little girls running around complaining of hurt feelings. The bad names were used both as a test of manhood, and as a term of affection. For the sake of argument I accept that in the Black experience N—– is such a hateful word that it had to be banned, (but I really think it’s just another Emo Hollywood sucker punch. (We need to ban that word because it is so terrible. Look Black people. Look what we did for you. We banned N—–.)

    • SandiinMaine

      I think you just offended little girls everywhere. 🙂

    • TruckinMack

      I tell people that I am emotionally calloused, (and I wish everyone was). I am not uncaring. I have a calloused affect that let’s insults or slights rinse off like rainwater. Trust me, emotional callouses are a good thing. They let friendships grow and endure when otherwise they would be damaged beyond repair.

      I have calloused hands, which I am proud of. Those callouses protect my hands like my emotional callouses protect me. If someone unjustly insults me, it does not hurt. Whoever insulted me unjustly did not demean me. They demeaned their self.

      On the other hand, if someone is in pain, I reach my calloused hand out to help. If I find out they are an adult who is in pain because someone called them a bad name, I want to close my calloused hand and punch them. Being in pain because someone unjustly called you a bad name is one of the silliest things a full grown adult can do.

      If, by any chance, you deserved to be called a bad name because you stunk up the place, repent your mistake and quit stinking up the place.

    • SandiinMaine

      Amen! Although I must admit, learning to toughen up is difficult work for us little girls. 🙂 My husband has had his work cut out for him, trying to teach me this.

    • Starbrander

      It Fits But Not Completely…Most Of Them Voting Democrat Fits Both Terms

  • Just_me_and_God

    Not all Blacks are African:
    Iglots (or Ilongot), Mangyans, Moros, and the Subanuns, of the Negrito Filipino group.
    As well as people from the villages of Baguio, Trinidad, Tublay and Ambuklao.
    There are Negritos in Cebu, and there are some in Guimaras and Palawan. Palawan is inhabited by a people called “Batak” and “Tagbanwa,” also the “Mamanua” of Surigao peninsula, and the peoples of eastern Mindanao.
    The “Sakay” of the Malay peninsula. The Sakay, like so many of the types of the Philippines, is an exhibit to the widely diffused Negrito element in the Malayan peoples.

    The Iberian type represents those peoples found in Spain in the Iberian peninsula.

    The fundamental type of Australia and negroid peoples is called the Austrloid type, or Australian Aboriginal.

    Not all Africans are Black:
    Egyptian ethnically is a non-Black African
    Nilotic: of or relating to the Nile or the Nile Valley.
    Beja 1. A member of a people living primarily as pastoral nomads in the area between the Nile River and the Red Sea.
    2. The Cushitic language of the Beja.

    • Allen Tompkins

      I live here in Cebu. I know what Just Me is true. Some truly beautiful black girls here. I don’t know if it has a thing to do with Blacks in America.

    • Just_me_and_God

      Just a little research I did many years ago. I was never satisfied with the completeness of the latter part though.
      I had to thoroughly discount any recent arrivals from the last 250 to 300 years, from Europe.

  • Jeffrey N. Woods

    As a History teacher and teacher of African or cultural studies I have no problems with your suggestions. I have often held these types of discussions in my classes. I am fortunate to teach at an inner city school with a lot of diversity. The discussion of nationality and ethnicity is always interesting. Why is one race referred to by there religious belief, another by its continent and still others by ancestors, who decided these things. It goes really deep when we discuss having to behave a certain way to be accepted or considered a particular ethnicity. But that’s a whole other story.

    • Zo

      Righto, Jeffrey!

  • Katherine Noel Mumford

    correct me if i am wrong, but when i was in school there were 4 races only: Mongoloid, Caucasoid, Negroid and Inuit (eskimo/native american). i am so flustered by self-appointed black spokesmen (jackson, sharpton, etc.) telling us first to use African-American, then decided to make it black, or vice versa (*don’t know what came first). the term Negro is correct anthropologically. not everyone is religious or apt to ascribe to the biblical terminology. i like nubian but think i might get a sock in the jaw for calling someone by that moniker. sign me, still confused.

  • Starcutter

    It’s good you’ve finally addressed this. I’m against labeling black conservatives as “black conservatives” because that perpetuates the premise that blacks that are Republicans/conservatives/libertarians get special treatment, which would make us just as bad as the left in that department. The accurate term is indeed “black” and I, personally, would much rather be called an American. It’s good you recognize visual differences as well, many on the left and even some on the right (mostly libertarians) tend to use the “we’re all human” excuse as much as they use the “I just want the government out of the abortion issue” excuse.

  • MikeO

    Sorry, Dude, but it’s more complex than that, given the amount of Anglo blood that is involved. My Ugandan daughters ar both fully Nubian; very few black Americans are. But if you want Nubian, I bow to your desires. Considering I like to think I take after the smaller part of my blood that is traced back to some really feisty Scotsmen, I prefer the term Heathen, 🙂

    • Starbrander

      I Like It…..

  • Matthew Shapiro

    In response to this I feel i have to offer a different perspective. While Nubian or Cushite may be the correct term it carries with it the same baggage of nationalism and hate that Aryan which is ALSO a proper ethnic term does. Nubian has long been the preferred term of Black Separatists and as such I think THAT is why you were told it wouldn’t fly. Any more then if your white friends came up to you and asked that you call them Aryan from now on. I am sure that would take you aback even though, once again, it is ethnically accurate. Just a different perspective.

    • Dingbat36

      Aryan was perfectly acceptable until a mustachioed fascist dictator hijacked to term and pushed it to mean something it is not…….superior to all other ethnicities. Why do we need to label people with anything except the term human or maybe anthropoid?

    • Robotpals

      I disagree that “Aryan” is as accurate as Cushite. Cush was a man named in the Bible as the son of Ham from whom black peoples descended. There really is no “Aryus” in the Bible, though you will find him mentioned in Conan stories. Aryan is a term coined in theosophy (early 20th century spiritism, think seances), which inspired Nazism’s religious beliefs. Originally, Aryan referred to the supposedly pure Atlantean race represented by the subcontinental Indians. It was Hitler and his ilk that assigned “Aryan” to the white, blond, blue eyed Nordic race. Note that none of this has anything to do with the Bible (also known as “things that are true”). To be as accurate as Zo, we’d have to say that white people are Japhethite, or figure out which of Japheth’s children spawned white folks. Are we Gomers?

    • Éowyn

      Golllllllllleeee!

    • Not to mention that whenever I hear the word Nubian, my mind thinks, “goat”.

    • Kathy Horner Somers

      I’m gonna assume that there’s such a thing as a Nubian goat…

    • Yes, and their real name is Anglo-Nubian. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Nubian

  • TruckinMack

    My niece was born and raised in Africa, and so with glee, I call her African American. If you saw her, you would say she is White (which is also true). The daughter of friends of mine (White Dad, Black Mom) is actually a few shades lighter than me in skin color. Not quite albino, but close. She calls herself ‘Black’. She actually says “We’ when referencing Blacks and “They” when referencing Whites. When I catch her doing this, I (again, with glee) ask, “Hey, aint you one of us?”

    I enjoy the differences in skin color, much the same way I enjoy differences in beauty (and humor). I don’t particularly care what color you be, just don’t be a Liberal. You cannot choose your skin color, but you can choose to be intelligent.

    • SandiinMaine

      Ha! I like this. 🙂

    • crofootski

      Excellent post, Mack!

  • CarryingColoradan

    Good commentary, Zo! I would point out (not to be a pedant but because I assume that (1) you can edit the post and (2) it will be read for a long time, eventually becoming enshrined in the Encyclopedia Humanis) that “decedent” means a dead person. You probably meant “descendant.” :^) Keep up the great work!

  • SRVDisciple

    Even though there’s a hyphen, how ’bout we called just you “eloquent-American”?

  • Pathfinder Ray

    Here’s a wild and crazy thought,
    call them Mr./Mrs(Ms.) whatever their names are, or first names if you’re familiar. If you want to break it down on a nationality basis, are they American? Call them Americans? Sweedish? They’re sweeds. I promise you our countries enemies don’t care what color we are as long as they hurt Americans. It seems dumb to not be at least as united as our enemies.

  • CAmom760

    Let’s look at it this way – would you say – hey, here’s my friend Bob, he’s a white guy. Or he’s a Swede by way of Gibralter? A Greek by way of Russia? My husband is Jewish, his great grandparents emigrated from Russia and Poland – how do I describe THAT? My father is English and Columbian and Hawaiian and my mother is English and German and American Indian – so how do I describe THAT? It’s kind of ridiculous to name people as something arbitrary – if you take the Bible all the way back, we’re all descended from Eve, right? We’re left with describing appearances, anyway. So, let’s just stick with what works for us in absolutely necessary descriptions and the rest of the time rejoice in what we are, and call people whatever they want to be called. And everybody try not to be offended so easily.

    • Kathy Horner Somers

      We could say that someone is “fair” or “dark” or “swarthy”… Not even sure what “swarthy” means, tho, really…

    • Starbrander

      AMERICAN

  • Diane Morgan Jones

    Love this article, love the comments and discussions even more.

  • teacher

    Well said sir.

  • Angi Bryan

    Ok.. I really don’t refer to peoples ethnicity most of the time, not because I’m dismissive or anything like that, but, because sometimes I just don’t know their ethnicity.. I’m an army brat. I’m not really uncomfortable around anyone. I’ve just never made it a habit to figure out anyones ethnicity, sometimes I ask though.. still, I don’t usually refer to it much after that… but yes, sometimes ya do have to give a description. Now, this is somewhat funny.. i’ve tried to give a description without using the word black a few times.. I mean.. it’s not nearly as much fun doing this while describing a white person.. the second you say, “she’s got long blonde hair” or “he’s got short red hair”.. it’s pretty much over. I’ve used terms like “sort of toffee” “teak” “dark russet” now “mahogany” is a good one.. but I’m not sure what shade group mahogany falls under, seeing as how I’ve never knowingly seen mahogany.. I mean, I’m sure I’ve seen mahogany but no one has ever brought to my attention that that’s what it was, so, I just don’t know. Everyone should try this at least once. Next time you have to describe a “black” person, try not using the word black, but when you do it, watch the face of the person you’re giving the description to. They get a look on their face and you can see they’re dying to ask you.. “ok, so he’s black?”

    Anyhoo.. the problem is.. how do you change the term to something that everyone will pick up on. The common term is “black” even though it’s not very acurate.. I have seen truly black skin color, not too often, but I have. I live in the south and the sun is brutal here. My guy, who is sort of the shade of milk chocolate in the winter, turns more of a dark bordeaux in the summer. (His grandmother was cherokee, hince the reddish tone) So, describing someone by the given color lables is hardly accurate either. And white people aren’t really white.. I’ve seen some white folks as dark as if not darker than some black folks. So, why are we even using the terms black, white, red, brown or yellow.. we’re not truly any of these colors. Mankind has been around for a long long time now, we’re all kind of a mix, at least we are in America. I say get creative with it. Learn more names of colors and use that. Zo, I’ve never seen you in person and the camera isn’t always accurate, but I’d say you’re a chestnut shade. : )

    • Kathy Horner Somers

      Mahogany is reddish brown… Your guy sounds like he’s mahogany in summer…

  • Ann Thelen

    You are a blessing, Alfonzo. I appreciate you and the Christ-in-you very much. God bless you and yours. Hope to see you again one of these days. We’d be honored to host your fam.

  • janelle

    Let’s just all carry our DNA cards with us and when we meet someone we can show them the card. I just wish I wasn’t ghost white and need to put a ton of sun block on before I go outside. I can burn in 15 minutes.

  • SandiinMaine

    I just saw this post today, and it’s ironic because just last night I asked my husband, who is a Bible scholar, where the different races originated. He is also a doctor, and his answer was fascinating, at least the parts I understood. 🙂 I have two questions for you, if you have time to answer them:

    1. Can you point me to a website that explains how Cush was the progenitor of your ethnicity? I’ve often heard Christians say this, but no one has been able to explain it.

    2. Do you know other Cushites/Nubians that want to be referred to as such? I kind of expect unbelievers would have no idea what that meant, but are these terms popular with Christians?

    • Robotpals

      I have some theories on where the races came from. Do these line up with your husband’s answers (I’m interested in some scholarly support for my crackpottery)?

      Adam and Eve had all of the genes that would ever exist for human beings. When all but Noah’s family died in the flood, most of those genes were lost (this is called a “genetic bottleneck,” and it is interesting that geneticists tell us that humanity suffered just such a bottleneck at one point). Families probably looked very different from one another, and the “races” (different melanin levels) became isolated in Noah’s sons. From Japheth came Europeans and Mediteraneans. From Ham came Africans, including Egyptians and Canaanites. From Shem came the Shemites (Semites), Hebrews, Arabs, etc.

      We can gather this based on the genealogies that list sons and grandsons, many of whom gave their names to the regions where they settled.

      What about Asians? According to mythology, China was founded by a man named Fohi, a divine being who survived a great flood, lived hundreds of years, and was the first emperor. Based on a lining up of Chinese history with Western history, Fohi died in the same year as Noah. Hmm.

    • SandiinMaine

      If I understand you correctly, this isn’t exactly what my husband believes. He thinks it has more to do with isolating the dominant characteristics in a particular region because of natural selection – for instance, lighter skinned peoples would not have thrived in tropical climates as well as darker skinned peoples, so they (and their gene pool) would have died off. It doesn’t, however, explain other ethnic characteristics like facial features, but I assume those could be attributed to the folks whose genes began these populations in their particular region.

      Don’t quote me on this, though – I was an English major. 🙂

    • Starbrander

      It’s All Mythology….Not Spiritually

  • Pat

    Gives me something to think about. I’ve been telling people that asking my ethnicity (in surveys, for example) is racist. I enjoy your vids immensely, and hope I can get my half-Cushite son to appreciate them someday, too.

  • cantusfirmus

    I hate the Genetics of all of what appears to be. We can definitely call racism a disease:
    “Almost all diseases have a genetic component. However, the importance of that component varies. Disorders in which genes play an important role (genetic diseases) can be classified as:
    * Single-gene defects
    * Chromosomal disorders
    * Multifactorial
    A single gene disorder is the result of a single mutated gene. There are estimated to be over 4000 human diseases caused by single gene defects.”
    Let’s start healing by hearing each other out and loving the message of God. Thank you Alfonzo. Blessings.

  • Ken Rob

    Thanks Zo. I have a hard time keeping up with what is politically correct these days (satirical statement). Now I can unashamedly go out and say to those that ask, “This is my Cushite friend, …” And I am much more inclined to be Biblically correct than politically correct.

  • Jan

    Alfonso Rachel, you rock! I really enjoy your videos and your posts! Thank You for being a voice for all of us Conservatives!

  • 2Breal

    Great article. Now can you go speak to the nimrods in Hollywood who still call us Afro- American? And created a new ethnic group. “Ethnically ambiguous “?

  • Richard Teasdale

    Actually I like the term ‘Nubian.’ I would prefer either ‘Nubian’ or ‘Cushite’ over African-American or anything else that includes a country or continent name. This is a great article. Very well written. Thanks!

    Oh, and in the interest of total disclosure, I am Caucasian, a.k.a. “White Folk.” lol

  • Lara Fabans

    Alright, my Nubian friend 🙂 I still prefer being called a Northern European mutt, myself.

  • PappyVR4

    You make great points. As far as white folk, most of us are not from the Caucasus region of southeastern Europe, so it is not an accurate term for most. I think just “white” is most apt. I will continue to just refer to black people as black. I know you prefer Cushite or Nubian, but Nubian has been known to upset some people so I will refrain from that unless I know the person.

  • How about “light” and “dark”? I personally don’t like being called a white man. I’m sorta pink and freckled.

    • Starbrander

      I’m An American….Nothing More, Nothing Less

    • So when you snatch my wife’s purse, and the police ask for a description, shall I say, “He was an American!”? I don’t think so!

  • sblizz50

    On a flight from Europe I was setting next to this white guy. When they started handing out customs documents he asked the stewardess, ” I am an American but I hold a dual citizenship of Africa and America because father is from Africa and my mother is from America, so which custom document do I fill out?” The stewardess said so you are an American you fill out the customs document for an American. I asked what do you select when you fill out documentation? He said African American which makes sense. So to me the term “African American” is not necessarily a black American. I would say that it is one who originates from Africa and America. Since I am from America born and raised, I am an American, or Black American of African descent.

  • John Julian

    “I’m not color blind. God didn’t make us different shades just so we could assume a monochromatic view.”

    Amen. Sorry, this is such a great line, I couldn’t let it go. This is the same reason those of us who are less visual and highly auditory have an eclectic wall of music, from Gregorian Chant forward. And you know how much fun mixing and mastering is, no matter what genre! Compression rules!

  • Kathy Somers

    Exactly how I feel, as well… well said…

  • Alex

    Wow Zo it was so nice to hear, or in this case read, that a black man wanted to be called an American. Racism has come a long way, but I admit it has a ways to go yet, but I have said for a long time that one problem is that blacks want to be called African-Americans. Bull$*#@, you are Americans. Americans that happen to be black, that’s it. Keep up your message brother. Signed Whitey lol

  • Nancy DahnSchuh-Boyd Eustice

    i have always hated the term African-American. What the hecK? Are we not all Americans. Why separate one color from the other. I have been so tempted to select other – and write in German-Irish-Dutch-English-Heinz 57-Adam-American. I am an AMERICAN and proud to be JUST that!!!!

  • ThomNJ

    Nicely written. Thanks, from a real WASP (in fact my mother was really born in Saxony!) who enjoys your work.

    I guess I could also go by Welsh-Irish-Teutonic Tom…………..but I prefer just plain old American.

  • wmkabrich

    I am so happy to know that I am African (of Jewish descent) too now. But when asked my ethnicity I refer to myself as a CoE (Citizen of Earth) I have such a mixed heritage that is easier for me to be a CoE.

  • Patrick Jones

    I’d hate to be an Australian Aborigine in this country. You’d have a black skin, but you’re NOT African-American.

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