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This post started with the question where did you get the name African
Negroes. There are many groups of Africans see the list below. You do
refer to European as European Caucasian why?? Than you say research. I
that's why I ask the question where did you get the name African
Are you an American Negro?

The Afar people live primarily in Ethiopia and the areas of Eritrea,
Djibouti, and Somalia in the Horn of Africa.

The Anlo-Ewe people are today in the southeastern corner of the
Republic of
Ghana. They settled here around 1474 after escaping from their past
home of

The Amhara are the politically and culturally dominant ethnic group of
Ethiopia. They are located primarily in the central highland plateau of
Ethiopia and comprise the major population element in the provinces of
Begemder and Gojjam and in parts of Shoa and Wallo.

The Ashanti live in central Ghana in western Africa approximately
away from the coast. The Ashanti are a major ethnic group of the Akans
Ghana, a fairly new nation, barely more than 50 years old.

The Bakongo people (aka. the Kongo) dwell along the Atlantic coast of
from Pointe-Noire, Congo (Brazzaville) to Luanda, Angola.

The Bambara are a large Mande racial group located mostly in the
country of
Mali. They are the largest and most dominant group in that country.

The Bemba are located in the northeastern part of Zambia and are the
ethnic group in the Northern Province of Zambia.

Berbers have lived in Africa since the earliest recorded time.
date back to 3000 BC. There are many scattered tribes of Berber across
Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.

The Bobo peple have lived in western Burkina Faso and Mali for
They are known for their masks which are worn with elaborate outfits
celebrations. Primarily agricultral people they also cultivate cotton
they use to trade with others.
Original Post
Thanks for the ethnographic information.

I occasionally wonder about 'what ethnic groups are where' across the African continent.

Your point about 'African Negroes' is well taken.

By the way, I was particularly pleased that you distinguished the difference of intent by using the term western Africa as opposed to 'West Africa'. While many consider terminology insignificant, 'West Africa' is the terminaology of conquerors as is evinced by 'West Berlin', 'West Germany', 'East Asia, 'North Africa', 'South Africa' versus 'Eastern Europe' and 'Western Europe'.


Back to point:

We struggle with how to distinguish ourselves, and those like us.

No one in Africa seems to have the problem except until they try to relate themselves to us, or those others 'out of Africa'.

So, we come up with terms like 'sub-Saharan' Africa. Like there are no 'black' people north of the Sahara.

And we know that is a lie.

You will notice I distinguish myself, and all others of unknown African ancestry as being not simply American but Americans, who are African American.

We struggle clearly distinguishing ourselves from others like us in ancestry, and/or appearance.

This is clearly a consequence of chattel slavery and Jim Crow law, and practices.


Jim Chester

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