RACE IN AMERICA – Exclusive: Ben Kinchlow wants to be known simply as a USA-born citizen from Texas
Pardon me, but with all due respect, you can take your African-American designation and shove it. Yours truly … me … I … DO NOT choose, desire or appreciate being designated or treated as such.
For the information of those who may be unaware of certain historical facts, many of us have spent a large portion of our lives being catalogued as members of different groupings. In 1619, when the first Africans were brought to Virginia – not as slaves but, as were many whites, indentured servants – they were known as “blacks” or “negars.” Negar, which has its roots in the Latin word “niger” (meaning black), is the progenitor of “nigger,” most likely owing to the pronunciation of the word by Southern whites. This is attested to by the fact that many deep-South whites today pronounce Negro “Nigra.”
I personally have officially been classified as Colored, Negro, Afro-American and Black, along with some other designations I choose not to dignify by repeating. In 2005 (or thereabouts) I officially (albeitunofficially) became “African-American” – and now, in 2012,unofficially I am officially “Black” again. Let the record show, black or Black, depending on context, can be pejorative or salutary; i.e., “Black is beautiful” or “Black Friday.” For the record, I have been there, done that, and so if it is all the same to you (or even if it is not), yours truly prefers to be referred to, and known not as a hyphenated American but simply as a USA-born American citizen from Texas.
Today, in their haste to impose political correctness, liberals have generated a problem for Blacks (or is that blacks?). How about this statement: “The African-American president of the United Negro College Fund raises money for 38 historically black colleges.” Kinda covers the spectrum, wouldn’t you say?
I am a veteran, a Constitution-loving, flag-waving, plain ol’ taxpaying American citizen. So, if you please, and if it is all the same to you, I will leave the esoteric labels to people like the wife of Sen. John Kerry (Teresa Heinz-Kerry) who is white but has referred to herself on occasion as an “African-American,” as she was born to Portuguese parents in Mozambique. I wonder if she was attempting to qualify for government assistance to minorities? Naaahhh.
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