Who do you think you are? Are you a post-racial advocate that feels race is no longer significant or important in American society? How did you answer the US 2010 Census Form Question No. 9: "What is Person 1's race?” The race question’s choices are: "White; Black, African-American, or Negro; American Indian or Alaska Native.”
Maybe a better question in how African Americans/Blacks/Negroes identify is consideration of: “Just how White is we”? When the first United States Census was taken in 1790, Africans (including slaves and free people) numbered about 760,000 and were 19.3 percent of the population. During the first 200 years of their “sojourn” in the US, our forefathers referred to themselves as Africans. In Africa, people primarily identified themselves by ethnic group (closely aligned with language) and not by skin color. Over the years, Africans in Americas were forced to give up their ethnic affiliations. This resulted in intermingling of the different ethnic groups and by the early 1800s, the majority of Black people were U.S.-born, so use of the term "African" became problematic. In their quest for status as Americans, by 1835 our leaders of the period were calling for removal of title of "African" from their institutions and replacement with "Negro" or "Colored American". “Black Power” pride and militancy played a significant role in the successes of the civil rights movement. In 1988 Jesse Jackson urged Americans to use the term African American because it shows a historical cultural base. Since then African American and Black have essentially a co-equal status.