A question regarding the term "African American"?

Hey. I'm wondering if the term African-American is less offensive than the word "black" in a racial context. I understand that African-American shows (or attempts to show) an understanding of culture, but the term itself feels like a patronizing, worthless P.C. gesture. But, being white myself, I may be missing something. I would ideally like some responses from Black (or African-American) people, but anyone, of course, can answer. Keep it respectful, please.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I dont think either is more or less offensive than the other..But as a general rule, if a white person calls me african american I assume he hasnt been around black people very much. Most black people dont use "african american" in casual conversations.

  • First of all, what racial context were you using it for? I am a black woman, and the term African American does not bother me. I am a black woman of African decent. Regardless of color, I'm american!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes it does. Why are white people called white and not polish american or english american or french american yet we are African or Asian Americans. And Spanish are Latino or Spanish white. What I'm confused with all the labeling. Why?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I actually agree, I just think it's a PC term, nothing more. I really don't care, either Black or African-American, either is fine for me. I mostly use Black though.

    YEP, LISTEN TO IMPACT, he knows what's up!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Just call everyone American. We should be beyond labeling, anyway. I dont use "PC" terms. I dont use derog. terms, either.

    I just address by their last names, & use sir or m'am.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    White guilt.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think it's dumb. Unless you have VERY VERY long legs your either AFRICAN or your AMERICAN.

    Source(s): I'm a black girl.
  • 1 decade ago

    Everyone is offended by something these days....We need to all learn ESP....LOL!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think it matters...

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