i chose anAfrican because i am an African, ethnically. politically, i am a staunch American (the original; not this modern day "stuff"). if you gottta go there, it's "american African", i.e. an African born in the geological americas. ("north american African" would also be ok, but i think it might be time to recognize that north+central+south=america. thus i feel the former to be more appropriate.) i'm ok with "a Black Man", i'll bridle a bit (internally) with "Black American", and i'll come close to going ballistic with "African American". why? 3) like the french foreign legion; once you get here, you're an American; 2) dividing America into "[ethnic] Americans" led to the fragmentation that has enabled (and continues to enable) the invasion of America that we are "living" with (time for a constitutional convention to take our Nation back from the oligarchs!); and 1) the historical activities of my poor misrepresented and abused Nation (yup, i'm a full blooded "don't tread on me!" little-r republican [not to be confused with the GOP-type "RepugniKlan"!], as well as an honorably discharged enlisted veteran of the USAF.) around this planet makes me uncomfortable with saying "African" and "American" in the same breath. (hmmm ... <g> maybe a "top ten reasons why" list in the appropriate thread? `scuse!) i chose anAfrican because i'm tired of, fed up with and all over done with the "divide and conquer" strategy that keeps This Earth's First People split up and disempowered. as long as that obtains, the freedom to continue to loot and pollute our Homeland will continue. (the "back to Africa" movement will resume spontaneously once Africa recalls Herself through reconnection of Her Children. it MUST begin as a "spiritual" thing, that is, through our individual remembrance of Ourselves to Ourself. it MUST NOT begin as a conscious effort to "take back our continent", or through a "radical activism"-type "Africans to/for/by/only Africans" ... yet - that will follow through the global consiousness of our re-acknowledging our African (-ness? -ality?) Self. erk! as usual, i'm trying to say too much in one place. maybe i should have just dumped it all in my introduction and let y'all pick it apart and put it in the thread it should be in, since you know the community better than i do? (hint, hint! <g>LOL) anyway, i think you get the idea. <g> peace!