Furthermore, the assumption that the title Black is owned solely by the continent of Africa is egregious in its error. There are groups of people across the globe that identify as Black. There is a large population of Afro-Latinos in Latin America, peoples in the Caribbean, and Europe that have had their identities forgotten (3). But nonetheless, when someone has dark skin and a broad nose they are sorted into this group of Black, ethnicities ignored, and lumped together as African. This title of African is not remotely based on the geography, referring to the continent of Africa, rather it is a product of a large mix of races and ethnicities. But we as a nation take this “country” Africa and shove anyone who doesn’t fit within their ideas of success and beauty into a world they believe to be an impoverished wasteland.
Black has many meanings as does African, but it’s not up the US Census to define these identities using the most convenient definitions and assumptions.
1 U.S. Census. "About." About. The U.S. Census Bureau, 18 July 2013. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.
2 Amrani, Iman. "Why Don't We Think of North Africa as Part of Africa? | Iman Amrani." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 09 Sept. 2015. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.
3 Afropedea. "Afro-Latino - Afropedea." Afro-Latino - Afropedea. Afropedea, 2011. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.