Loc: New Hampshire
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/05/diverse.congress.ap/index.html<br><br>from the story - <br><br>Blacks in Congress are still under the 13.3 percent share of the population in general, but now make up 20 percent of House Democrats. "I think the caucus will play a major role and will be listened to very carefully," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, current head of the Black Caucus.<br><br>Cummings said Obama's election in Illinois was a "tremendous victory" that will open the door for other black candidates. "It shows that an African-American who has the right kind of message and is bright and has a lot on the ball can win in a situation where it is predominantly white."<br><br>Obama, son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, will be the first African-American in the Senate since Carol Moseley Braun, D-Illinois, left in 1999 and the first black man since Edward Brooke, a Massachusetts Republican who served from 1967 to 1979.<br><br>------------------------------------------------<br><br>So is the word Blacks or African-Americans more politically correct? I'm confused, wasn't 'black' not politically correct just a few years ago.<br><br><br><br>[color:blue]All your sock puppets are belong to us</font color=blue>
Ironically, "African-American" is truly appropriate for Obama (Kenyan father, Kansas mother), whereas most African-Americans are Americans for generations back into their past. I suppose the search for the "right" word for black/African-Americans is for something that doesn't sound like a color. Not that we call whites European-Americans, but they can be called Caucasian; what would be the SAT answer to that? <br><br>White : Caucasian :: Black : ?<br><br>
And by the way, what the hell is a Caucasian anyway? Aren't the Caucasians from eastern Russia/west Mongolia region or something like that? Why am I a Caucasian if my ancestors were all from western Europe?<br><br>Screw it. I'm a man born in America. I'll leave it at that. <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>And by the way, what the hell is a Caucasian anyway?<p><hr></blockquote><p>I believe, anthropologically speaking, the correct term is "caucasoid", that is, having caucasian features, of a people thought to have their origins near the Caucasian mountains. African-americans are, anthropologically speaking, "negroid".<br><br>(And not to be confused with "hemorrhoid", referring to some posters on this forum who are a real pain in the ass.)<br><br>
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"Black" and "African-American" are mostly interchangeable when you are speaking in a racial context. (That is, if you are not talking about ethnicity, because neither of those terms are ethnic.) Most often, if you listen to a lot of black media, the word "black" is used. "African-American" tends to more often be the word white people use when they feel uncomfortable talking about race.<br><br>That's a problem we are going to have to solve in the coming years. If you entertainment is any indication, Americans absolutely love racial themes. Two-thirds of the jokes in Family Guy are race and religion jokes. When it actually comes down to the nuts and bolts of the American racial condition, people clam up and decide that hey can't be honest about what actually goes on because either someone's feelings will get hurt, or they think that acknowledging race promotes racism. So we're stuck in this in-between place where political correctness impedes racial harmony and communication.<br><br>Rep, Cummings is absolutely correct about Sen. Obama. What makes Barack Obama so important racially is that he not only defies race, but defies the new stereotypes given to black politicians. During his campaign, he encountered a horribly obtuse Alan Keyes who went as far as to challenge Sen. Obama's legitimacy as a black politician. He later backed off his statement (just like the ones about Jesus voting against Obama, adopted children invariably committing incest, etc...), but I'm certain Barack Obama is going to encounter that same misunderstanding of race throughout his career. What makes him so good is that he has the stature now to explain otherwise and enlighten people on race who would otherwise not even attempt to understand.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey
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