American Thinker: Why I am No Longer an African American

Saturday, September 12, 2009

American Thinker has published an article by my friend, Mary Baker, called "Why I am No Longer an African American." Certainly, it may be deemed controversial by some who do not understand Mary's insistence that she is an American, not an African-American. However, reading the article should shed some light into her perspective.

Mary writes:

The Obama election was a milestone in our country's history. Blacks danced in the streets, talked about feelings of finally being able to feel at home in America, and cried for the cameras. But as a black woman in the Age of Obama, I don't see anything that reveals that Blacks in America have anything to celebrate. I grew up in the Deep South during the 1960's, so I'm quite aware of the issues our country faced at that time. Blacks mourned the deaths of two of their most profound leaders, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This was a time when those who represented the leadership of Black Americans promoted a longing for the "Motherland."


Fast-forward to November 4, 2008 -- America elects her first African American President. Now, one would think that all has finally been laid to rest and America has once and for all times achieved racial reconciliation. But it appears that this election has resulted in even more racial division. After observing the attitudes of African Americans and gaining an understanding of the drive to classify Black Americans as African Americans, I must now say that I can no longer identify myself as an African American because this classification holds several proclamations and principles to which I no longer identify with as a citizen of this country. This title holds anti-American sentiments to which I cannot embrace. I have never held to the viewpoints of those from the Black Power Movement, Nation of Islam, or the Black Nationalist Movement. I don't think about Africa, or what it would be like to live there, as I have always been content living in the country of my birth, where I grew up in a small town in Louisiana.

This is some thought-provoking stuff, some heated stuff. This is the kind of stuff about which we need to have meaningful dialogue. Mary Baker has started that dialogue. Read the entire article here.


Meadow September 12, 2009 at 1:31 PM  

Is it common to hear the term "African" anything?
Such as African-Italian, African-French, African-Brit, African-Brazilian.......

I am not well traveled and do not know the answer to my own question.

My feeling is similar to Mary's, if I was born in a country and raised there, then I am a citizen of that country. I only deserve the ethnic title 'African' if I was born and raised in Africa.

If I am a citizen of a country, then I have all the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen.

Perhaps some of the devisiveness for black Americans comes from being singled out as not being American but being African-American. It sounds 'special' but in truth it puts a bullseye on the back of the black American.

In the end, we are Americans.

Bobbie September 12, 2009 at 6:14 PM  

Adrienne, I would have to completely agree with you and Mary. I am a white female raised in the "deep" south and am shocked that so many still hold grudges from events that happened years and years ago. My God tells me to forgive and sometimes, but not in this incident, that is a very hard thing to do. We The People should NOT be holding anyone responsible for events that occurred so long ago. And, yes, you are We The People too. You are just as much American as I am. I am so thankful for you and anyone that thinks like you. And I agree with Mary that Obama is the one that brought race back into the picture. He was not the same during the campaign, although I did not like him then. Not because of his color. But, because of his demeanor. I have just not seen the compassion in him that I would like to see. The picture of him NOT placing his had over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance is all I needed to see. My feelings about that would have turned me off no matter who did it.

Thank you so much for all you do and say.

dowl,  September 14, 2009 at 1:27 AM  

Did you have the opportunity to attend the DC (or another) Tea Party? Pictures? Looking forward to your post and pictures.

LoveThatGirl September 14, 2009 at 6:54 PM  

I am an American, born and raised in the Lone Star State of Texas; as some would say "that's a whole other country." My ancestors came from Spain, and I thank God I was born in America. I am Proud to be n American always have been and always will be.
The corruption in Washington makes me sad and angry, but I am still very Proud to be American and I fly my American Flag everyday. There is no other country like America where we are free and we shall remain free because we Americans will continue to Fight for our Freedoms.
God bless America and God bless Sarah Palin.
Blessings, Irma

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