Topic: Do you find it offensive to be called "Asian American" or "African American"

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RJay

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For those that are either of those 2.....don't you think it would be better if we were call just called "American" without any extra words in front? Because that's essentially what anyone born here is....American.

You wouldn't put an extra word in front of a white American to describe him...so it doesn't make sense to me to say Asian or African American.

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Devil_Hunter_Dante

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I do not see people as different races or by color. I just see them as people to be honest. But at the same time people of other races refer to whites as whitey, white americans in the same regards. Not all but some.

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Cheezy

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3. Posted:

Those are probably the best ways to be calling those people by.

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Kaeobais

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4. Posted:

I think Russel Peters puts it best:

"You're not f***ing African!"

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brandonbwii

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5. Posted:

I was asked this before by a friend of mine. Of course my answer was to just call me by name to her, lol. Since it is considered politically correct (whatever that means nowadays) I don't mine African-American. Doesn't exactly roll off the touge but it doesn't need to when your say giving a speech or referencing a race in general.

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FYI, you may not want to use the term "those people". That is considered very racist by many including me.

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cheetahman91

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There are far worse things to call both ethnic groups than that.

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Ramandus

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8. Posted:

RJay wrote:

For those that are either of those 2.....don't you think it would be better if we were call just called "American" without any extra words in front? Because that's essentially what anyone born here is....American.

You wouldn't put an extra word in front of a white American to describe him...so it doesn't make sense to me to say Asian or African American.

I don't think its necessary since it is so formal. And with Asian americans, I usually distinguish the Japanese or Koreans from other asians because their names use a distinct form of phonetics.

The only real difference you should make is between indians and native americans because Native Americans are often informally called "Indians" -- but it is improper since there are actual "Indians" from India.

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I say don't worry about it. You're always going to offend somebody because some people are always on the lookout for trouble. Just don't be a jackass, and you'll be fine.