posted on Mar, 18 2012 @ 08:59 AM
reply to post by korathin
I see your point and agree with you. However, it should be noted that as a cultural force, African Americans have roughly 500 years of evolution
(evolution regarding their culture) as opposed to German-Americans which, for better or worse, never had such a process (and seemingly - if what you
say is true - the process has ended with the lack of cultural niche).
As a person of Italian heritage, I would say the same thing. Italian Americans are not a cohesive group anymore either. In many respects, there are
still Little Italies in some of the east coast cities like New York and Philadelphia. However, you don't see a unique ethnic force. Most of us are
not full-blooded Italians (whatever that really means, considering Italy's history).
African Americans are a product of a historical context that created their cohesiveness. For whatever reason, other nations in the Americas that had
slavery do not have this same product.
For example, in Brazil, where slavery lasted another two decades after it ended in the US, there is much less in-group rigidity amongst the
descendants of slaves. Many people who we would consider "Black" by skin tone alone, would not consider themselves Black in Brazil, as there are
more categories (though not particularly scientifically-grounded ones). Also, there is no "one" category with cultural cohesiveness that we could
define as parallel to "Black" in the US.
I noted that regional accents of Portuguese are varied in Brazil. There are features that are clearly of West African origin (such as double negation,
which can also be heard in the Ewe language, for example). However, these potentially "African" speech features are common not only to people of
African heritage, but also people in Brazil who only have pure European ancestry. It'd be a lot like so-called White Americans saying things like "I
axed her" or "She sad" or even "It a crazy guy who stay next door"
So, any discrimination that, at face value, affects the status of any supposed racial group (such as "White") would be mistaken in that there is no
true group to be stereotyped.