'As the only African-American in the U.S. Senate,...'---article
Very interesting article.
I am compelled to noted that 'language'; terminology, is indeed important in maintaining and advancing the society in which we live.
Although its accurate may have been in unintended, the term 'African-American' is precisely correct because of the use of the hyphen.
It accurately distinguishes Senator Obama in the U. S. senate from all other members of that body both in terms of his ancestry, AND his ethnicity.
It is good to see the 'connect' being demonstrated in Africa as is the norm for the nations of Europe, and Asia.
A societal note.