America tends to use geography to label a person’s skin color. And I hate it.
Most Americans use geographical locations (i.e. Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America) to describe a person according to their physical appearance or shade of skin. I hear people all the time say “I’m African” or “She’s Latino” or “I’m part Asian and part European”, and it gets on my nerves! I mean, you can’t look like the entire European continent, or the entire African or Asian continents for that matter!
What people are really talking about when they say things like that are our skin tones and not “where they’re from”, because usually, they’re from America. But I don’t think present day Americans are totally at fault for using these labels that have been around for so long. I think it has to do with the past history of tyranny, slavery, & segregation throughout American territories where people were not free to be individuals based on skin color or the cultures they were raised in. Despite the many shades of blacks, if you were “black enough” you were a sin. Despite there being many shades of ”white”, if you were the “white enough” you were gifted. I think that’s where our problems with all this geographical blanket labeling started, but I’m still annoyed that it’s still around today.
But what do you think? Do you think if the term Native American was attached to all Americans, that it would easier to see us all as one? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!