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    Let African Athletes Represent Africa and Black American Athletes Represent America

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     GoGreen58 says he is tired of hearing the phrase 'African-American,' especially in regards to the Olympics. He says American athletes are American, not African, despite the color of their skin. 'Why is it that white Americans are whole hearted toward the fact that they are Americans, but black Americans want to still be known as Africans? It makes me sick because I'm 110 percent American. I'll die for America, not Africa,' he says. He believes the term was created to hold on the past memory of slavery in America. 'I have no problem with honoring the past, but I'm American first. Some black people say I'm brown, not black based off my skin tone,' he says. 'I just wish more black Americans would embrace the fact that we are 100 percent Americans and that our skin color shouldn't define us. All I know is, I'm not an African-American,' he says.
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    Hello my name is Byron Thomas and America here we GO AGAIN!!! Why can’t our Black American athletes represent only one country??? Our Black American athletes are representing the United States of America: Team USA. They are not representing Africa!!! It’s making me sick to my ears hearing the word African American during the Olympics. Now when Gabby won gold and made history in women’s gymnastics, she won that gold medal for the United States of America!!! She did not win that gold medal for Africa nor was she born in Africa. She was born in America, trained in America, and represents America. She is the FIRST Black American to win gold in women’s gymnastics. Also, when Michael Phelps made history with his three peat, you didn’t hear the commentators saying he was the first German American or Italian American. No, they said he was the first American to three peat. I just don’t understand why we still have to be called African Americans, especially during the Olympics. Africa has their athletes and none of our Team USA athletes are representing Africa or making history for Africa. Let African Athletes represent Africa. The color of my skin WILL NOT define me. Plus there are White Africans too!!! We are all Americans. Look, no one originally was born in America, our past migrated over here, but that doesn’t mean we have to be identified by where our past came from. Just for the record the first Africans brought to America WAS NOT SLAVES!!! Again, America when I hear the word African American all I can think of is two countries Africa and America. I’m not African; I’m a 100% American. I am the same as any White American. Point blink if you are born in America, then you are 100% American. Kill People With Kindness and May God Bless America
    @ByronThomas7

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