Anonymous said: I always heard that the general consensus was that unless stated, people were typically more comfortable by being described as black than African (American). I ask this question because my friend (who is not a poc) told me African was a much more safe word to say, but there isn't anything wrong with being called black, as far as I know? and also wouldn't the term African be more cultural?
It depends on the person…
African American describes blacks in the U.S. who have ancestors brought through the slave trade. Not all blacks have only African ancestry and the term doesn’t include actual people from Africa that live in America. So in my opinion (as a multiethnic black person) it’s a dumb term but a lot of non black people feel uncomfortable saying black and say AA to make them feel like they’re being PC or some shit
You could actually try asking people individually (and appropriately) and not expecting someone here to speak for every black person
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