Using “black” instead of “African-American”
I do not cave in to politically correct pressure to use “African-American” instead of “black.” During a Glenn Beck program (Time to Be Heard), a smart black accountant, Robin Martin, said:
“This whole African-American business is politically correct. […] When you are talking . . . with your familiars [friends], and you get into a conversation about race, you'll say, or when you are speaking to your wife, you'll go, 'Oh, I'm talking about that black guy over there.' You don't say, 'Oh, I'm talking about that African-American guy.' You don't, do you? It's the politically correct thing. It's just so darn silly.”
Excellent point, Robin.
In working with countless black doctors, nurses, technicians, clerks, and other staff, I've never heard them use “African-American” instead of “black.”
The (now fading) backlash against using the word “black” stems from a tacit assumption that darker skin is worse than lighter skin, which is ridiculous. A tan is good, a permanent tan is even better, and one obtained without ultraviolet light exposure (which photoages the skin by causing wrinkles and other adverse effects) is best. Thus, anyone who buys into the notion that it's wrong to use the word “black” is helping perpetuate a racist myth designed to make blacks regret something they should feel good about. Black is indeed beautiful.