Why Black Americans Identify as Black

Many conservatives on Twitter seem to get upset whenever a Black man or woman proudly declares the obvious. It seems as though they think that we must forget our color completely to become fully American. However I’ve never seen anyone get angry at my grandfather for being proud of his Irish heritage. Nor has anyone chided my grandmother for proudly declaring her Italian ancestry. However, when an American Black celebrates his blackness, there seems to be a problem. 

Most American Blacks who celebrate their blackness are not doing so because they think black is better than white. Furthermore when black Americans celebrate, they are celebrating their history and culture. They cannot celebrate being Jamaican, Nigerian or any other nationality of origin because they are American, and they know not which exact tribes or countries they came from. 

However, the American Black is fully American, yet peculiarly different, as are Irish Americans, Italian Americans and others of European ancestry. Those of European ancestry can celebrate the culture they came from. They have festivals and local holidays. However, the American Black has none. There are African Fests, but the American black is hardly African and many times will not connect with that festival. Some do, and others are immigrants from Africa. 

There is no problem with the American Black celebrating Africa, however, how should he celebrate if he wants to celebrate others like himself? Is he not allowed to proclaim his pride in a past of struggle, failure, triumph and glory? If he forgets his color completely, he will not remember who he is, or where his ancestors came from, or what great black Americans have done. He will only know bits and pieces of his history. 

American Blacks can be black and still be fully American, just as an Irish American or Italian American can be. He is no less or no more American than any other ethnic American. There should be nothing wrong with a black man being confident as black and American. Simply look at the way he has fought in wars for America, and fear not, for the American Black is fully American. 

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