Why African-American?

posted 3 years ago in African-American
Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@cbgg:  +1

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It has everything to do with WHO assigned this name to the group. That is all.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • 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 # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@nineteen87:  so…what do you think the section should be called?

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@nineteen87:  Or maybe African Diaspora would work…that would include people with African ancestry all over the globe, including Africa itself.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

this forum is mostly american. considering that isn’t it simply like saying “black weddings”?

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