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African American


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Black American of African ancestry. See Usage Note at black.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of African-American.
  • n. Alternative spelling of African-American.


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  • I do have a question - does your birth certificate say African American on it because by my calculations when you were born the term African American was not being used - my Dad was in the Air Force and he said he never heard the term African American being used at the time you were born - can you explain that one!

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  • "When I mentioned the term African American, Marilyn grimaced and said," I cringe when people refer to me as an African American.

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  • One reader of an online column by an Argentine journalist who referred to the president-elect as a negro -- the term African American is seldom used south of the border -- posted a comment saying, ` ` Enough of using the word negro. ''

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  • When did Hawaii stop refering to people's race as African and use the new term African American? Top headlines

  • Years later Langston eventually introduced me to two women who assisted us in the development of our black musicians' organization, which we called the African American

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  • The very idea of a first-term African American senator with a name like Barack Obama defeating the vaunted Clinton machine seemed preposterous.

    Robert Creamer: Top 10 Reasons Obama Defeated Clinton for the Democratic Nomination

  • The first time I heard the word African American was through music, because they didn't teach us anything about slavery in school. - Home Page

  • I would not think about even name calling African American's Nigga's.

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  • • Early on, I asked a coworker, an African American woman, what she thought about the fact that while Barack is technically "African American" -- you know, his father was from Africa, his mother from America -- he didn't share the same heritage of slavery and brutal discrimination as black Americans whose ancestors had been here for centuries.

    Scott Shrake: Shrake's Own Secrets of the 2008 Campaign!

  • Is it really any wonder, that despite his bi-racial identity, that Barack identifies as African American?

    Is Barack A Citizen?


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