I met a girl online from a fan site and we are friends nows. I asked her if she was American and she said "no i'm African American." I told her that was the same thing. She said no because African-Americans are black and Americans are white. I said, that still makes you American and she says there is a other difference but she didn't reply to me yet. Besides skin, whats the difference?
Most Helpful Guy
It is just about where your ancestors came from. Technically you're all American, but depend on where you family came from you could say you were Italian-American or German-American or whatever. African-American has come to be synonymous with 'black' since black can sometimes be seen as a pejorative.
I usually say 'Afro-Caribbean' since that covers people who are black but have a family history outside Africa.0
Most Helpful Girl
"American" Is a term that doesn't tell you about ones racial background... it just tells you what section of the world they may be from.
"African-American" Is a way of inserting your racial background along with where you were born.
The online girl you were talking to thinking that "American" means white is a huge misinterpretation on her part.
"Americans" are colorless.
However , If I say I am "Asian-American" or "Caucasian-American" I am giving you an idea of my genetic background.
Thinking that American automatically means white sounds a little ignorant to me.1