(Picture with the words: “The correct term isn’t black, It’s African American:”
…But this dude is british.)
I’m sure this will stir some debate but like ever have a time where someone trying to be politically correct just ends up being wrong????
We were reading “Heart of Darkness” in my senior year AP English class, and someone referred to a group of people in the book as “African-Americans”. My (old, eccentric white guy) English teacher basically lost his mind and started screaming, “THEY’RE SOUTH AFRICANS WHO ARE BLACK, URCHIN WEED!”
my (English) ex would refer to black people as African-Americans bcs she did American Studies at uni. hilarious confusion ensued.
This is pretty ridiculous. But I’m pretty sure that The Heart of Darkness is set in the Congo.
You are correct - it’s been the better part of a decade since I read it. D:
I had an American ‘correct’ me in saying my friend is black, and he was saying “the correct term is African-American.”
Well, being as she’s British, and her family was from the Caribbean but maybe 3 or more generations ago, no, not at all. She’s Black British, mate. Not American, not African, and not duel-nationality (which is what African-American would be in British English grammar).
I vaguely remember an American journalist calling Nelson Mandela African-American. He was like lol no I’m African.
Last year we had to do a group project on nonverbal communication in a variety of different cultures (which I was severely uncomfortable with, since it was 3.5 white people in our group, & I’m hapa, but grew up in a VERY white area, so…um yeah. There were so many ways this could go badly.)
So this girl starts talking to me about the “African-Americans in Africa”. Annnnnd I kind of couldn’t handle it.