Latest politically correct term for a black, Negro, colored American with even a minuscule proportion of African descent
Jesse Jackson is losing his position as chief African-American spokesman to the flamboyant Al Sharpton
by cornholio October 04, 2003
The "politically correct" term for someone with dark skin. Never mind that not all black people are African, and that not all Africans are black.
This black boy is "African-American"... never mind that he's from Jamaica.
by Tipper36 September 09, 2007
First Man. Soil of earth, breath of God, African American. Men who earned their Freedom, yet their Souls know.
African American first breath from God.
by Déjà vu -ImAlreadyThere August 19, 2011
1)African American - generic terms for black people in America.
2) People who are being screwed by the government despite getting free money to attend college. Most of the grants that are given to African American are not full rides, so stop thinking they are. Also subject to predatory loans and Redlining.
3) Victims of Institutional Racism
1) Oh look at the African American over there with his pants hanging down!

2) College board : " well congrats Drake, you've gotten our

Martin Luther King Grant."
Drake " Cool how much is it ?"
College Board : " $ 1,000"Drake " What?! It costs $5,000 to go here!"
College Board : " Sorry that the best we could do. you African American people never appreciate anything"
Drake " Damn honkeys, well i guess its time to call Sallie Mae"
2b) Realtor: " yes miss Jones i found you a place. "

Jones : " Okay thanks, where at?"

Realtor : " meet me and i ll show you "

Jones and Realtor go to location :

J : its all run down

R : Well it because your a high risk

J : Why because I'm African American ?
R : " exactly "

J : though isnt that illegal

R : nope its called redlining.
3 ) Fill out job applicaton to a office. Go in for an interview, they tell you to wait a couple of days and they 'll call you. You never get the call so you call back only to hear them say were sorry we were going to hire because of your resume but them when you came in for an interview we decided against it. "Why ?" hold on a second was it like because of something i said ?

Nope its because your African American
by BlackGrad11 July 31, 2011
The current politically correct term to describe black people.The term for black people has evolved from "nigger" to "negro" to "colored" to "black" to "african-american",and as offensive as some of these terms are today,they were once widely used and accepted.
Thomas is an English guy,Marcy is an Irish chick,Manuel is a mexican dude,and Tyrone is an african-american dude.
by jaypers April 30, 2005
The politically correct way how to describe a black person.

I don't really mind but why should I be called an African American when I wasn't born in Africa, never been to Africa, and am not a legal citizen of any countries in Africa? Because if thats true, then white people should be called European Americans and asian people should be called Asian Americans.
On an Internet Forum:

Me: Im black.
P.C. Person: You mean African-American.
Me: No, I may be of African decent but I dont have any connections with Africa otherwise, cause in that case i should call you a European American.
P.C. Person: You mean white person right?
Me: No you dumb asshole! *loads gun*
by Ezgamer January 15, 2006
noun : an American of African and especially of black African descent;
A Black American of African ancestry;
an American whose ancestors were born in Africa

adjective :used to describe African-Americans; pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry

Usage Note: The Oxford English Dictionary contains evidence of the use of black with reference to African peoples as early as 1400, and certainly the word has been in wide use in racial and ethnic contexts ever since. However, it was not until the late 1960s that black (or Black) gained its present status as a self-chosen ethnonym with strong connotations of racial pride, replacing the then-current Negro among Blacks and non-Blacks alike with remarkable speed. Equally significant is the degree to which Negro became discredited in the process, reflecting the profound changes taking place in the Black community during the tumultuous years of the civil rights and Black Power movements. The recent success of African American offers an interesting contrast in this regard. Though by no means a modern coinage, African American achieved sudden prominence at the end of the 1980s when several Black leaders, including Jesse Jackson, championed it as an alternative ethnonym for Americans of African descent. The appeal of this term is obvious, alluding as it does not to skin color but to an ethnicity constructed of geography, history, and culture, and it won rapid acceptance in the media alongside similar forms such as Asian American, Hispanic American, and Italian American. But unlike what happened a generation earlier, African American has shown little sign of displacing or discrediting black, which remains both popular and positive. The difference may well lie in the fact that the campaign for African American came at a time of relative social and political stability, when Americans in general and Black Americans in particular were less caught up in issues involving radical change than they were in the 1960s. ·Black is sometimes capitalized in its racial sense, especially in the African-American press, though the lowercase form is still widely used by authors of all races. The capitalization of Black does raise ancillary problems for the treatment of the term white. Orthographic evenhandedness would seem to require the use of uppercase White, but this form might be taken to imply that whites constitute a single ethnic group, an issue that is certainly debatable. Uppercase White is also sometimes associated with the writings of white supremacist groups, a sufficient reason of itself for many to dismiss it. On the other hand, the use of lowercase white in the same context as uppercase Black will obviously raise questions as to how and why the writer has distinguished between the two groups. There is no entirely happy solution to this problem. In all likelihood, uncertainty as to the mode of styling of white has dissuaded many publications from adopting the capitalized form Black.
Docta Peppa Gangsta Chimp4Life is not African American.
by Docta Peppa Gangsta Chimp4Life December 26, 2004
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