White guy claims to be African-American and is now being bashed by fellow classmates.

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    May 22, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
    so this guy is white and is claiming to be African-American.. lol.. its a must read! check it out!

    http://www.upallnite.tv/profiles/blogs/white-college-student
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    May 23, 2009 3:24 AM GMT
    hey..let him be....until he starts facing the harsh difficulties that comes along with being a black man...better yet..let him keep dreaming.
  • Cooldude30

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    May 23, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    ...and I had a guy in my 10th grade class who claimed he'd been born of a Virgin...needless to say, he got picked on quite a bit as well. icon_lol.gif
  • metalxracr

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    May 23, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    There was a girl in middle school who moved to the US form Malawi, and she was white. She considered herself African American!
  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 23, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    If he was born in Mozambique and since moved to the US, it's not just that he considers himself African-American; he is African-American, and in a far more literal sense than someone whose more recent ancestor from Africa was 5 generations back. This reminds me of the stupidity during the run up to the Presidential election when some people claimed that Obama wasn't African-American because his father was from Kenya, and thus his family hadn't dealt with slavery centuries ago.
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    May 23, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    Uh, yeah, African doesn't mean black and American doesn't mean white so what's the point of this post other than to point to the ignorance that surrounds us? I think MSUBioNerd sums it up well. icon_razz.gif

    Meanwhile, the article (that pictures some unrelated goof) only broadly relates the details of this 'case,' and seems to point more to the guy being 'bashed' because his classmates are ignorant of the fact that it's possible to be African-American and white and less to any real racist sentiment. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out...or not. icon_neutral.gif
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    May 23, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    I am so confused with this whole african-american thingicon_eek.gif i am confused as to why we just can't be male, female etc...wut does color have to do with anythingicon_question.gif
  • bigguysf

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    May 23, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    I have never been a fan of the term African-American for this very reason -- it describes someone who was born African and is now American. When Jesse first started using the term I always said to friends that there was nothing African about me. And after traveling to South Africa for a visit, I definitely saw my lack of ties to the place where my ancestors came from.

    I hate to admit it, but this guy has a much more valid claim to being an African-American than I do!
    Though I just wish they hadn't used the picture of the douche bag (not him) above the article... icon_exclaim.gif
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    May 23, 2009 5:24 AM GMT
    mrbeachboy said...and I had a guy in my 10th grade class who claimed he'd been born of a Virgin...needless to say, he got picked on quite a bit as well. icon_lol.gif


    I remember back in the 80's there were a few news stories of overweight women not realizing that they were pregnant until the baby came out. Apparently they had tracked it to semen being ejaculated on them and being absorbed through the skin which was enough to create a baby. So it could have possibly have been true.
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    May 23, 2009 5:26 AM GMT
    why do we just not say we are Americans with african descendants if you are American should that not be first.
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    May 23, 2009 5:29 AM GMT
    There are white people from Africa who have every right to consider themselves African American far more than Black people from multi-generational American families that think they are "African American." There are also Black people from Ireland that could call themselves Irish Americans before they could be considered African Americans.

    We need to get rid of this bullshit of PC titles, and get real.

    There are Black folks, white folks, red folks, brown folks, and if they're from Vulcan, green folks. If they're Americans, then that's ALL they should call themselves. Nothing wrong with being a Black American, a white American, an American Indian, etc. But they're still Americans first.

    Black is beautiful. So is brown, red, white, etc.
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    May 23, 2009 6:18 AM GMT
    I come from a very interracially mixed family and know of my origins as far back as the 1500's on some of the family lines, being a product of the Roots era. My mother took special care when I was a kid to make sure I knew that I had friends. Not black friends, white friend. Friends. Color and names never became an issue for me until I got to high school and even in the late 70's, color lines were very evident.

    I have never, ever subscribed to hypenated names. It is a form of separation by the government and has been around since the Census Bureau was created. Ever wonder why employers want you to specify your racial/ethnic identity? Answer equals federal dollars for that company.

    I have always either skipped that question because it did not allow me to correctly identify myself. The census bureau now does. As others have stated, nationality is important to me and I am a proud American. This American happens to be of black (grandfather), white (grandmother) and apache'/Lakota (grandmother & grandfather) decent.

    In a perfect world, this would be simplistic, but we don't live in that world yet, but I believe we are getting closer. And that world be also be one where being gay is just another part of who were are as well.
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    May 23, 2009 6:59 AM GMT
    african-american? that label is not even correct for a black or white dude. period.i can't stand it when peope refer to themselves as african-american.

  • zakariahzol

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    May 23, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    Hey, what about a African American claiming to be a white guys. Or an Asian claiming to be white . I think we have more of those
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    May 23, 2009 7:53 AM GMT
    I have often wondered why Americans of european descent arent called European-Americans.
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    May 23, 2009 8:08 AM GMT
    Caslon10750 saidI have often wondered why Americans of european descent arent called European-Americans.



    I know quite a few here (where I live) that do and I have chatted on here with some guys who refer to themselves as european.
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    May 23, 2009 8:19 AM GMT
    For shit sake...lol

    I can say that my great-great...grand father was a Captain in the Civil war. I have an actual photo of him and his comrades and even ABRAHAM LINCOLN...what's that make me/us....A FREEDOM FIGHTER!!

    WE ARE PEOPLE...WE ARE=
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    May 23, 2009 8:27 AM GMT
    Perchance, he is the legendary Boojum!
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    May 23, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
    what's wrong with that. he is correct!!!!
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    May 23, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    RandyMan saidUh, yeah, African doesn't mean black and American doesn't mean white so what's the point of this post other than to point to the ignorance that surrounds us? I think MSUBioNerd sums it up well. icon_razz.gif

    Meanwhile, the article (that pictures some unrelated goof) only broadly relates the details of this 'case,' and seems to point more to the guy being 'bashed' because his classmates are ignorant of the fact that it's possible to be African-American and white and less to any real racist sentiment. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out...or not. icon_neutral.gif


    Oh really - then how come so many of us white americans still call our selves italian or german etc and we've never even been outside of our neighborhood?
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    May 23, 2009 3:37 PM GMT
    AF24 saidafrican-american? that label is not even correct for a black or white dude. period.i can't stand it when peope refer to themselves as african-american.



    I'm sure no more than black people can stand it when we white people call ourselves italian or italian american or german american or irish american etc.