Using "African-American" as a catchall phrase in lieu of "black" has always been a pet peeve of mine. Yes, black is a nebulous term and obviously a social construct, but it includes less assumptions. I was in Africa and heard people (Americans, presumably) describe a black man born and raised in Ghana as "African-American." The impulse to be politically correct and inoffensive is understandable, but this particular instance is 1) inaccurate and 2) betrays an unconscious doctrine of American dominance.
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