Monday, November 14, 2005

African-American French Rioters

As noted by Michele Malkin, CNN anchor Carol Lin referred to two teenage rioters in Paris as African-American. This would be OK, except that they are French, not American.

LeShawn Barber wishes people would stop calling him African-American (scroll down, it is an update on the linked post). He is proudly American and doesn't appreciate the term.

This all reminded me of a discussion on a college hockey mailing list some years ago. Someone asked how many African-American college hockey players played for Division I programs in the U.S. The immediate answer was four. Then some one pointed out that the correct answer was actually one, as three of the "African-Americans" were actually "African-Canadians".