The Mystery Of What to Call “Black Folk”
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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