posted on Nov, 29 2006 @ 10:23 PM
Originally posted by wildcat
Blacks weren't true Americans because they were brought here for slavery. True Americans are the original Americans (like me) who came here in the
genesis of our nation.
African Americans, in my opinion, are perhaps the most uniquely American demographic in our country.
How many African-Americans do you know who know their tribal or national origin? I've heard of Irish-Americans, Italitan-Americans, Jewish-Americans,
etc etc etc, but have you EVER heard someone claim to be a Mande-American, Hutu-American, Senegalese-American, Nigerian-American, etc?
Then there's the "original" American thing. The economic situation on the Dark Continent being what it is, we didn't get African immigration from
many sources other than slavery. On average, it is probably fair to bet that the average African-American can trace his American heritage back to
before 1808 (when the importation of slaves was banned).
It's another story for whites. In 1850 there were approximately 23,000,000 people in the United States. At a births-only growth rate of 2% annually
(more than double the current growth rate which also counts immigration), population would double every 35 years. This means that the population in
2006 should be 102 million Americans. We can therefore infer that even if "original americans" were reproducing like nut, they couldn't account for
more than 1/3 of the population of the US. 2/3s of us have little or no heritage here before 1850, whereas African Americans on the norm can trace
theirs back at least to 1808 (when importing slaves was banned).
So you've got the deep roots, you've got the "stuck in America" position they've held, and on top of that, you've got the fact that their
culture is so uniquely American. We ripped them from their respective cultures and conglomerated them, forming a black culture that doesn't entirely
exist anywhere else, and which has had PROFOUND influence on America. We have them to thank for American music- we'd still be listening to that
whiney sounding depression-era crap if it weren't for them.
I wish I had more time to beat you up over this, but suffice it to say that you're out of your mind.