I got into a heated argument with my sister and father this afternoon. They were discussing the young man shot 51 times and I stated that his condition was a result of being Black in Amerikkka. The reply was that two of the officers involved were also Black, to which I said that just because your skin in Black doesn't ensure that you have the consciousness, you can as one member calls it, be parading around in Black face. To which both of them wanted to know what made me the authority on defining Black people? And further to that, they both vehemently argued with me, and said that Blacks in America don't consider themselves African. My sister claims to know tons of Blacks in America who identify as African American, but not African. She states that the people in the U.S simply don't recognize or have anything in common with the Africans and their culture. I argued that she knew very little about being Black, because being an African is written into her DNA and nothing can change that. It was a matter of accepting yourself and becoming conscious of what you are. Well, that got her dander up and then things really got heated. I got accused of racial hatred and was called an a**hole. Ahhh, family gatherings can be so much fun, who knew? Anyways, I'm just curious, cuz I don't personally know tons of Black people in America, but there are a lot of people here on Destee to help settle this dispute, if only for my own personal interest. So the question is this, do you identify with being an African, or do you consider yourself an American (or other culture) first and foremost?