Post # 1
I have always wondered why there is an African-American subgroup on here when it’s a global forum and African descendants are located worldwide. Forgive me if I’m being naive but it’s just odd to me. It’s not like the Asian subgroups are clumped as Asian-American and the Latino group as Latino-American. Where are actual African citizens supposed to go? It just seems so ethnocentric and exclusive (I’ve heard people refer to UK citizens as African Americans – while trying to be PC – so I know people do forget that America isn’t the center of the world).
I’d love for people of African descent who are located outside of the US to chime in too.
Post # 4
I think it’s becase people don’t know a better PC term, and because when these forums were set up they were heavily American.
Post # 5
I agree with Cbqq, I don’t think it has anything to do with being ethnocentric. It’s simply that no one knew a better term. Out of curiosity, what would you suggest should be used instead?
Post # 6
@nineteen87: I agree with PP. It seems like the standard for what is PC changes daily and it’s hard for the average person to know what to say without offending. If I called one of my friends here in the states “African”, I’m sure I’d be corrected and told it’s “African-American.” It’s a fine line and I’m sure whoever created the site went with what they felt the common PC term would be.
Post # 7
It has everything to do with WHO assigned this name to the group. That is all.
Post # 8
Also, take a gander at the threads in the group. There are multiple threads that detail continental African experiences, Caribbean experiences, etc. The Afro Diaspora is extremely accustomed to being viewed as a monolith. It’s barely even offensive at this point.
Post # 9
african american is a bit exclusionairy to other african decendent groups, however, african americans have different historical and cultural traditions from other african groups. I tihnk there should be more regional boards, however 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
The boards in the cultural section (like most of our boards) definitely have an American-centric POV because this a website created and run by Americans and most of the users are American. I do see your point that some of the other cultural categories, such as “Latino,” are more “open” than the category of African American. Any suggestions on how to make the name more inclusive?
As far as the local boards go, when we make changes to the boards, we like to take into account where traffic is coming from. If you take a look at our local boards, there is a Caribbean section on there (recently added), but not an Africa section because in the past Weddingbee has not had much traffic from Africa. (The board would be sad and empty. 🙁 )
Post # 11
I understand that African-American’s do have their own traditions, etc.
I was mostly curious to see if other people of African descent participated or if it is exclusively AA. I have noticed that many of the posts have to do with beauty and traditions that go back to African roots – which are not strictly AA issues.
I am always struggling to be PC and don’t have a solution. My own AA bloodline has been forgotten by the majority of my relatives but I aknowledge all of my known cultural/ethnic backgrounds. I would think that African/African Descendants would encompass the most amount of people (even black-Caribbeans are descendants of Africans). When people ask “what are you?” to me I always say that I’m of European and African descent, which is exactly what I see myself as.
It’s also important to note that technically all people are descendants of Africans and that migration has led us to become isolated from one another and to create new traditions and cultures while also changing our appearances based on different climates and diets. These subgroups are for those who recognize “traditional” stratification.
Post # 12
@nineteen87: so…what do you think the section should be called?
Post # 13
@Overjoyed: ” I would think that African/African Descendants would encompass the most amount of people “
But I also don’t think it should solely be my decision… that’s ridiculous. Obviously if it’s not an issue then there is no need to change the name. I’m trying to get opinions from those who are not AA but stilll of African descent or who actually live in Africa. If they think AA is the best title, then by all means, keep it the way it is.
Post # 14
I’ve always found the cultural groups selected vs. not to be a little odd. I think the traditions board could just take over all of them, while military is moved somewhere else. Military is often more about being a military wife, or moving all the time and less about the culture surrounding the wedding from the posts I’ve noticed.
Post # 15
@nineteen87: Or maybe African Diaspora would work…that would include people with African ancestry all over the globe, including Africa itself.
Post # 16
this forum is mostly american. considering that isn’t it simply like saying “black weddings”?