I'm not getting what you are saying Roarin, I meant no disrespect to you personally.
But, yes, I do consider myself African American, because:
In America and the West "African" is considered a race, The Black Race (I know that African is really a nationality, but in the West "African" is synonymous with Black Race People) (the same way that White is synonymous with Caucasian, i.e. White Race People, for example) therefore, I consider my race African, i.e., Black Race and my nationality is American; that's all it means. Now, I know that some Black people feel that our race is "Black" and do not want to be called African American, I am not one of those people, I respect their wish to only be considered Black and nothing else, but I don't agree that Black or our color is all that we are as a race, it leaves way too much out of the equation.
Also, I know that Al Sharpton does not rise to the level of Martin Luther King, Jr., not many do considering all that MLK sacrificed for the good of Black people, minorities in general and America's poor, but, it was just an analogy with the main point being that we as a people determine for ourselves who is a "joke" or who is not a "joke" among our Civil Rights leaders and Activists, we don't let those who want them to be made into a joke get their way.