The United States, indeed, the world would not be what it is today if not for the contributions, blood, sweat and hard work of people of African descent, as well as those from other continents around the world. Indeed, the label American has been earned. Americans of European descent do not refer to themselves as Euro-Americans and neither should we, in any way, minimize our ownership in this country.
The term Black is often used as a negative (i.e. black market, black magic, blacklist, blackmail), indeed, its dictionary definition contains phrases like soiled, harmful and without moral light or goodness. If Black children are to grow up with pride then the connotation of "Black", in their view, must change.
To some, the term Black is inclusive, meaning all peoples of color. Afro-American can, to some, be considered a very narrow definition of a specific group of people, and more importantly, excluding specific other groups.
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