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- Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 22:54:26 +0000
Neko the Kitty
Neko the Kitty
Also, keep in mind that not all black people are of African descent. Native Fijians as well as people from the island of Hispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic) also have very dark skin. They are considered black, but generally have no African ancestory.
Haiti and DR definitely have African heritage. Haiti was the first country in this hemisphere to win independence from Europe and it was because of a giant slave revolt; it was also the reason it has pretty much failed as a nation is because no one else wanted to trade with 'those people'. Both islands were basically huge factory farms with tons of slaves.
The Haitian Revolution was in 1797 (the American Revolution ending in 1783). Haiti and the DR are also two countries on the same island. I was wrong on ancestory, at least as far as Haiti and the DR go. The native people of the island were very dark skinned, but they were largely wiped out, their blood carried on through intermarrying with African slaves and Spanish men. That being said, Haitian and Dominican immigrants and their children generally identify as Haitian/Dominican and not African American.
Exactly smile , the Spaniards were equal opportunity genocidists (?) and African-American is a pretty USA sort of term. Blacks in Latin america usually identify as either from their particular country, or as Hispanic like everyone else.
That does bring up the question why blacks in the US differentiate themselves so much from the rest of the culture by the use of that term when blacks (who were also descended from slavery) elsewhere do not do so.