Identity Politics: Afrocaribbeamerican or Cablinasian
Ever since the first indentured servants were exchanged for goods off the Man-O-War in Jamestown, Virginia in 1690, Black people in the United States of America have grappled with the contentious issue of how they should be addressed. This issue of nomenclature is at the heart of the search for a collective Black identity in the United States. Today, one facet of the debate is who has the right, or permission, to refer to themselves as "African American." This debate involves United States of American-born Blacks, who are descendants of slaves, African-born immigrants, and Black immigrants from the other Americas and the Caribbean. American-born Blacks contend that, identifying as African American gives Black immigrants (regardless of whether they are legal residents or citizens of the USA) access to resources, like medical and educational, which therefore reduces available resources to American-born Blacks. In return Black immigrants contend that American-born Blacks appear to be more interested in their “bling” than their B+ average.
Keywords: Identity, Immigration, Identity Politics, Black Identity, USA Politics, African, African American, Afrocaribeean, Cablinasian
Program Administrator/Registrar, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, Dartmouth College