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Mark Roffe How ethnically diverse are we? (186* d) RE: How ethnically diverse are we? 16 Jun 99


My friend Al and I scratch our heads at this:

MY family has been in the US since c. 1909. My grandparents emigrated from Russia and Romania.

HIS family has been in the US since c. 1780. His ancestors were brought over from Africa as slaves, and ended up in New Orleans.

MY family are the newcomers, mostly of Russian/Romanian stock.
HIS family have been here much longer, with interesting Cajun intermarriages. None of them have been to Africa for generations.

Then why is MY family popularly known as "Americans," and HIS family popularly known as "African-Americans?"


Bark Woof


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