Why do people use the words "African American" still to describe black folks? Die Antwoord? Charlize Theron?

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    The hyphen you left out makes all the difference. The term "African-American" was coined to represent the fact that the descendants of African slaves rarely know specifically what part of the continent their ancestors were stolen from. Young US blacks don't use this term. Modern immigrants from African countries know where they're from so wouldn't use the vaguery of "African-American", opting instead for "Kenyan-American", "Nigerian-American" or other. Charlize Theron and Elon Musk are "South African-Americans" (and in Musk's case also a Canadian citizen). Die Antwoord aren't US citizens, they are South African expats living in the US (part time as it turns out, they live in my hood actually).

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Better question: who decided that the word kneegrow is "offensive"?

    and what do YOU think the "proper" word is?

  • 8 months ago

    Only in America......

  • Snoopy
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    Die Antwoord is an antiracist band. The Afrikaans Die Antwoord refers to the anti apartheid ideology and means the answer. 

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