posted on Aug, 7 2012 @ 11:27 AM
I'm baffled that so many are unclear on this. Let me try and clear it up.
Firstly - do we know that other counties don't also identify their athletes by specifics? Would a Chinese announcer never say something like
"So-and-so is the first woman from such-and-such province to win the gold!" ? anyway, on to my point/rant...
Many country's populations have a common heritage. When a Japanese person states "I'm a proud Japanese" that statement encompasses both
geopolitical nationality and biological heritage. For Americans the two aren't always solely identical.
The USA is one of the few that is made up from a hodgepodge of peoples. So when somebody is refereed to or identifies themselves as "an African
American" what it actually means is "an American from African Decent" ... "African American" is just easier to say. Same goes for Italian
American, Mexican American, Chinese American etc.
But Africa isn't a country! True. Unfortunately many Americans originally from the continent of Africa were brought here against their will and their
specific origins were never recorded. Also, the family groups were forcibly separated so there isn't even a verbal record to be passed down
throughout the generations. So the best these folks can do is say their roots are African.
Maybe one day all of the people living in America will forget their origins and only identify with the land under their feet and the people living on
it, but we're not quite there yet. Until then we'll have to deal with our parents saying things like "why don't you marry a nice (fill in your