I know this will open up a whole new can of worms- but let's.
My response to this is the best I could give on my own behalf- I can't speak for anyone else on the subject.
This is a question from a very good friend here on YouTube:
I love your videos and find your weight loss inspirational!
My question is concerning your ethnicity... I know it doesnt matter too much, I'm just curious about why you so vehemently deny having any african ancestory? You say you're Dominican, and I beleive that is true but you look African American, frankly. You could have knocked me over with a feather when you mentioned in one of your videos that you arent black. I felt slightly offended about it, actually... I know you dont give a shit about anyones hurt feelings, but I'm curious. You must know that many of your subscribers are African American! 90% of Domicans are part African, you know! Its ok if you dont answer this question, its a touchy subject, and actually, I may have answered it myself, but any of your thoughts on the matter would be appreciated. ^_^
What matter? I'm Dominican, we are all kinds of races- especially African. I still don't understand what you're asking....
"Black" (a term I hate) for us means African American (another term I hate)- we usually don't want to be confused with being African-American because our cultures are so different.
Am I black? Yeah.
African American? No.
Blacktina like some people called it. It doesn't really make a difference to me, but our culture is so instilled in us we want to make sure we know others know too, it's a pride thing I guess.
I've read a lot on this topic and different opinions and views. I feel like it's not a disassociation with being black- but more so one with being American.
AT least for me, I can't speak for others.
Just as if a European immigrant comes here- you can call them white, they're white wherever they are in the world. But they're just NOT American.
I'm from NYC- so anyone I know who comes here from other countries, make it known what country you are from. IE Jamaican, Russian, Haitian.
I LOVE everything in me that's African- you know how bland I'd be without it?
Good question- I didn't mean to offend people, just let them know where I was from. My race is Hispanic- or Latino (some people prefer one term over the other). My ancestry is primarily African- not "black".
It's just a words game.
I should probably think out my responses better. You can call me anti-American, which a lot of the time I can be in some cases, for example: Government.
I wasn't sure what pic to put in here, but here's me and my sis at New Year's. :D