I'm just posting the criteria on the census so for those purposes, Elon Musk wouldn't "qualify" but I don't care what he calls himself either.SouthernIslander wrote: ↑Sun Mar 19, 2023 12:27 pmThe problem is, this definition is based on America’s flawed perception of diversity because PJ’s point is valid.WellPreserved wrote: ↑Sat Mar 18, 2023 11:21 am"Black or African American – A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa"BobCobbMagob wrote: ↑Sat Mar 18, 2023 10:39 am
So is Elon Musk an African American? He was born and raised in Africa…
African - American doesn’t always mean the person’s race is Black and people born on Africa shouldn’t be told how to identity based on America’s standards IMHO.
Everyone self identifies differently but that’s why a lot of people prefer Black over African-American because there is some gray area there.
The issue with this story is DeSantis’ intent. He is being a racist and disrespectful sick bag by removing Rosa Park’s race. I don’t have a problem if she was referred to as African -American or Black…it’s the fact that her race wasn’t mentioned at all is the problem.
Just to add, that in 10 years of living in various countries in Africa, I never heard one white person refer to themselves as "African" (or Zambian, Zimbabwean, etc.) but rather they always referred to themselves by heritage country, i.e., Dutch, British, etc.). Interestingly, in Zambia and Zimbabwe, many whites would refer to themselves as Rhodesian to indicate that they had been there since it was a British Colony but they didn't consider themselves natives of the country just colonizers, if that makes sense.
Among the Black people I know, it seems as if the younger generations prefer Black and the older generation prefers African American so I imagine that eventually African American terminology will phase out.
Totally agree with DeSantis' intent and "disrespectful sick bag" is being kind. Just to add, Elon Musk referring to himself as an African American didn't start until Desantis stated this:
So I don't think it's said with a sense of pride of heritage but a poke at the Black community.