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Black or African American?

This from an op-ed in today's New York Times: "It's time to retire the term African-American and go back to black."

"It's hard to understand why black Americans ever tried to use the term African-American to exclude people. The black American community's social and political power derives from its inclusiveness. Everyone who identifies as black has traditionally been welcomed, no matter their skin color or date of arrival. ... I've never minded not knowing who my ancestors are beyond a few generations."

This refrain is nothing new — but the writer's reasoning, which echoes what Farai wrote earlier about the rise of black ethnics, puts in a different light.

What do you think? What do you prefer to be called?