Image: “America Map” – http://www.hostelineurope.com/Maps/america-map.jpg
My previous post, “Africa is NOT a Country“, brought to light how identifying with the title African-American diminishes a person’s value due to the generalization of being connected to a continent and not a country. Well guess what? If we want to get technical, America is not a country either.
The Americas are a pair of continents (North America and South America). If you’re inclined to argue our country is the United States of America, why then isn’t our nationality United Statians like Canadians, Brazilians, Mexicans and Colombians? Why don’t we have our own language and our own culture? Why should we even care?”
Here’s why you should care.
- Your nationality connects you to a country and determines your international political status.
- Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares, “everyone has the right to a nationality and no one should be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
- Human rights, not to be confused with civil rights, are protected under international law.
Be careful about what you call yourself because it may have an impact on your international political status. African-American refers to two continents, Black is a color and believe it or not, the legal definition of a Minority is the state or condition of a minor (as in a child). Fighting for civil rights isn’t getting us anywhere, so we need to start fighting for human rights and we do not need our ambiguous legal status compromising our efforts. Knowledge of our ancestry will help us determine what our legal status should be. That is why researching your ancestry is so important.