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Unbeknownst to many, Blacks in America struggle to “gain footing” and adopt a solid identity in America. The reference to Blacks in America as African-American can be misleading and further disassociate them from America and American culture.
Black Americans argue that when a White-African immigrates to America, they are not referred to as being African-American; they are referred to as White. Furthermore, when a Black-African immigrates to America, they become African-American. While Blacks could not be more proud of their roots, which happen to be the same roots for all of mankind, they want to be able to identify with who they truly are, American.
99% percent of Black-Americans cannot travel to Africa and knock on a family members’ door attempting to initiate some holiday family reunion. In fact, most Blacks who attempt to embrace the “Africanism” of their distinction as an African-American are left feeling like a wannabe as they have no tribal connection in Africa and no geographic region of Africa to associate with.
A forum on City-Data (http://www.city-data.com/forum/politics-other-controversies/965165-only-blacks-do-u-want-called.html) conducted a poll in 2010 proposing the question to Blacks asking, “Do you want to be called Black or African-American?” Although the population of total persons who answered was not very large, 85% of persons who did answer said they prefer to be called, or referred to as, Black.