I like to play with words and acronyms; great mental exercise! Try these on: No Identity GRanted No Identity GRanted to Africans No Identity Granted to Africans I look on the term "African American" as just carrying this even further. To me this says loud and proud that ""i" am NOT an African, nor am "i" an American". Taking two quite strong identities and hybridizing them into something that just flat isn't anything. No wonder everybody gets bent when bush starts talking about "best interests of americans": he ain't talking about japanese americans nor mexican americans nor african americans nor latino americans .... and when was the last time anybody heard anybody referred to as a norwegian american or a swedish american or a german american? sure, they are used, but not in print, not in the news. those folks are all just "americans". <shrug> "6 million ways to die; choose one."