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"African American" is, in my subjective opinion, an ethnicity, but it is only tangentially related to skin colour.

Obama, who is semantically clearly African American, doesn't belong to the ethnic group.

I have close friends who are "African Americans", immigrants from West Africa with US citizenship, and they don't either (which can lead to some strange situations, more with blacks than with whites).

Their children, one born in France, one in the US, are an interesting case. I'm guessing they're not, but could easily fake it if they wanted to (They had the luck to grow up in middle-class suburban North Carolina. Is there a "better" place in the US with respect to "race"?)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jun 15th, 2015 at 11:17:21 AM EST
I have similar friends, academics from South Africa. ethnically Tamil. Two of the kids are American citizens, born here during the long post grad trek. After Uganda and I don't even know all the places, they have wound up happy - to their surprise - back in SA. Their kids can pass as anything they want, anywhere, complete with the appropriate accent.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. -- Dr Johnson
by melvin (melvingladys at or near yahoo.com) on Mon Jun 15th, 2015 at 12:20:54 PM EST
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