My friend, I know by his skin color that he is an African American, but I see...he is just my friend. We are different in many ways, but we dress similarly, we speak similarly, we behave similarly. He is an American. I see him as an American. When we discuss our lives, we talk about our families and our jobs. He asks for nothing more and nothing less than any of my other friends. He expects nothing more and nothing less than any of my other friends. We are both Americans, we are both pursuing our dreams. Why would anyone seperate themselves by wanting to be anything other than an American??
I guess that I just don't get it. I don't understand, for example, if some African Americans (and, my biggest question is when do we use black vs African American) want to be considered inclusive or exclusive to our culture. There are so many black based things, where everyone else is excluded. UNCF, BET, Miss Black America, and many others. Supporting those things is devisive. It creates a wedge, as it seperates them from everyone else. Why would they want to foster the perception that there is a them and us by having a 'them' only event, station, or organization.
To remove race from the table, you must fully immerse yourself into the already blended culture we call being an American.