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A term usually used to referred to Americans of African ancestry. Most in the Americas (and Caribbean) are the descendants of slaves that were brought to the New World by Europeans during the Trans-atlantic Slave Trade. There has been some small controversy over whether to identify Black Americans as African-Americans, as a result of the little identity that many Black Americans have to Africa(e.g., in most Black families, you have to go back an ample number of years to actually find the AFRICAN ancestry; Also, most Blacks in the Americas are not just pure African, as a result of the slave trade and other race mixing throughout the years.) The terms however are used interchangeably, although Black Americans, for example are not able to aply for some of the same scholarships as actual Africans. This, as everyone else, is a unique group of people. Many members of this race are unfairly discriminated against, as a result of racial stereotyping, however, unlike many perceptions, many do not let this stop them from achieving their full potential. However, this, as previously stated, is a wonderful race of people, that has achieved much in the long struggle for equality. Unlike other definitions, ALL Black people are not trifling, uneducated, lazy, ignorant, and other degrading adjectives.
Anonymous Person #1: Is there a difference between Black Americans and Africans that come here?
Anonymous Person #2: Well, there are but the terms African-American and Black American are used interchangeably.
by {IntellectuallyThreatening} July 10, 2008

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