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I haven't read the other replies yet so I may be repeating some things.

For me personally I prefer to be called black. I was raised black and it's been so much fun I see no reason for the change. However if you look at the english language you can see the words like "black or dark" have always had lots of negative connotations.

But let us not confuse the issue. Someone describing themselves as Black, African-American or even German or Italian-American is not describing their race. There are only 3. Asian, Caucasian & Negro. What they are doing is more of a cultural short hand as to who they are and where there family is from. Living in NYC I have several friends with skin much darker than my own, that were born in different african countries. They do not consider themselves either black or African-American. Nor do I. They are Kenyan-American, or Senegalese-American Or as a friend from Jamaica says of her children born here, J'american.

Just my 2c
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