Why the term ‘African-American’ is somehow supposed to denote one’s skin color? A hyphenated American is a first generation American, whose parent or parents, originated in another country. Take for example ‘Italian-American’, this person’s parent/s came from Italy. Note that it names a specific country, not a continent, and it also does not imply a skin color. Common usage of hyphenated Americans usually is country specific when speaking about Europeans. Why then, has the term ‘African-American’ come to mean “black”? There are many Africans who are white. If one of them should come to the United States and have a child, then that child would be appropriately called an ‘African-American’. Does this now mean those white ‘African-Americans’ can benefit from affirmative action policies?
What’s your take on this?