Clare E. Rodriguez's Article: Why I Am Black, Not African American

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Four hundred years ago, Dutch colonists transported nineteen Africans to America. As time passed, modern America is home of millions to immigrants who were born in Africa. In the article, “Why I am black, not African American”, Editor John H. McWhorter illustrates that “Black” is an appropriate term for black American because this term contains the history and honor of Africa American. Obviously, America, as a nation of immigrants, is the home of Latinos which are comprised of 12.5% of total U.S. population. In the article, “What it means to be Latino”, Professor Clare E. Rodriguez argues that being a Latino means that they own their unique cuisine, music and traditions and are constantly adding new infusions of Latinos to America. Even though …show more content…
When people feel to belong to one culture and identity, a very common and interesting phenomenon will seriously affect people get involved in other cultures and identities and people call it “love me, love my dog.” This phenomenon will illustrates that if people love one thing, usually, he or she will fall in love with the surroundings of this thing. For example, if a boy loves a girl, usually, this boy will love her pets, her job and her living environment. When this boy sees the familiar phenomenon in another city because of a job requirement, this boy will activate his love to his girlfriend and reject the temptation from other girls who dress in provocative clothes. Likewise, when people feel to belong to one culture and identity from their native countries, he or she will love all aspects of this culture and identity and automatically overlook others. This phenomenon has the similar and specific expression in Rodriguez’s essay. She says that “Being Latino means you are a part of one or more groups that have your own unique cuisine, music and cultural and artistic tradition” (Rodriguez 306). For most Latinos, America can be considered as a shelter for their physical body but not for …show more content…
Usually, if one person does not know the basic concepts of other cultures and identities, he or she will make the inappropriate and non-objective judges because they know nothing about them. If people cannot make correct judgments by themselves, they will judge other cultures and identities by other social mediums and hearsay, which the authenticity, dependability and accuracy will not be guaranteed. For white Americans, they adore the traditional western culture, especially from The United Kingdom and belittle the Africa culture. This will cause some pre-convinced bias that Africa culture is much lower than western culture and these bias are illustrated in McWhorter’s essay. He demonstrates that “Second, does not insult actual African Americans taking their place in our country and our name must also celebrate our history here.” (McWhorter 328). These requires are quite reasonable, understandable and acceptable. However, for these ridiculous pre-convinced bias, these requested are protracted to accept for several decades. For these white American, they not only never respect African Americans even though African Americans contributes a lot to America but also express the distain to Africa culture even though America intoxicating musical beats were based on African conceptions. Also, the bias for other nations still exist. A lot of protest demonstrations are held all around the

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