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What is an African American? In the United States, the group has been condensed to a color: black. But now being Black no longer describes the group who are descendents of African slaves (chattle slaves) brought to America for 250 years and owned as property. The American dream for slave descendents were dimmed through KLU KLUX KLAN and Jim Crow antics and political declarations. There was much resistance to giving up on "free" labor.
American Black / African-American had a stand-alone meaning when it referred to African descendents of men and women shipped to America in chains during the trans-Atlantic slave trade (1682-1862). Now however, one million Africans have come to these shores by choice since 1965, and more than this number of recent immigrants have come from the Caribbean to become part of the United States of America population. Immigrants don’t look for (or see) the walls imposed by “jim crowism”, but rather they see windows and open portals. America is different through their eyes.
Black American slave descendent have unseen psychologic burdens. Click and see this video to better understand
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