What people mean when they say "african-american"
Barack Obama is the first black-american president.
by mylungsarempty April 01, 2009
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
If you are black and your family has lived in America for so long that they don't know the country in Africa their ancestors originally came from, this is you. Black-Americans are often mistaken for African-Americans.These are two completely different things.
Black American: So I hear you're from Africa.
African: Yes
Black American: So am I!
African: Really?
BA: Yeah
African: What part?
BA: (silence) I don't know but I know my great-great-great-great grand mother moved here from somewhere in the east.
by Blaise Z. January 12, 2005
Slang term for nigger.
A black-american stole my bike.
by Seep April 23, 2005

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