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AFRICAN, it’s not just for blacks anymore!

afro4I’m sorry if I am about to offend anyone.  That is never my intention.  I found this article on ABC.com and had to share it with you.  For those who don’t know me, I’m not one to mince words.  I believe in truth, justice and the American way.  I believe that political correctness is the enemy of truth.  Here is an example. 

Paulo Serodio ( not pictured above ) says he was born and raised in Mozambique and now is a naturalized U.S. citizen.  Serodio has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey medical school, claiming he was harassed and ultimately suspended for identifying himself during a class cultural exercise as a “white African-American.”

“I wouldn’t wish this to my worst enemy,” he said. “I’m not exaggerating. This has destroyed my life, my career.” The lawsuit, which asks for Serodio’s reinstatement at the school and monetary damages, named the Newark-based University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and several doctors and university employees as defendants. Filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, the lawsuit traces a series of events that Serodio maintains led to his 2007 suspension, starting with a March 2006 cultural exercise in a clinical skills course taught by Dr. Kathy Ann Duncan, where each student was asked to define themselves for a discussion on culture and medicine.

After Serodio labeled himself as a white African-American, another student was offended by his comments and that, because of his white skin, was not an African-American.

According to the lawsuit, Serodio was summoned to Duncan’s office where he was instructed “never to dscribe himself as an African-American again”… because it was offensive to others and to people of color for him to do so.”

“It’s crazy,” Serodio’s attorney Gregg Zeff told ABCNews.com. “Because that’s what he is.”

Serodio, who lives in Newark, said he never meant to offend anyone and calling himself African-American doesn’t detract from another person’s heritage.

Neither the American Civil Liberties Union nor the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People responded to messages seeking comment on the meaning of African-American.

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines African-American as “an American of African and especially of black African descent.”

“There are people of all races who are African,” Serodio said, adding that he’s never had a problem identifying himself as an African-American until that day in Duncan’s class.

Zeff pointed out that Serodio only labeled himself after his instructors asked him to do so and was then penalized for it.

This sort of reminds me of the Carrie Prejean fiasco. Maybe they need to meet! 

We are interested in hearing your thoughts on this subject.  Click on “commets” below to leve your opinions.

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May 16, 2009 - Posted by | Political |

4 Comments »

  1. It seems to me that the term African-American should apply to those individuals who come from Africa and have become American, regardless of color of skin. Why must it be “especially” those who are black? What about black persons whose ancestors came from other areas in the world who want to be counted among African-Americans, especially when it goes to their favor? Why is this rocket science? My great grandmother was Blackfoot Indian. Should I sign up for the entitlements of American Indians? And since “black” is part of the word Blackfoot, that makes it just a few inches (12, to be precise) from the black rights as well.

    All these labels, all these special interests, they’re just crumbs thrown to the have-nots to appease them and keep them from looking too closely at the real issues. This country is controlled by the rich at the expense of the poor and working class. Divide and conquer seems to be working quite well. If we really wanted to take back our country, we’d drop the adjectives in front of American and all just be AMERICANS!!

    Comment by fedupwithfed | May 17, 2009 | Reply

    • I agree 100%!

      Comment by Margie Weatherbe | May 18, 2009 | Reply

    • I agree with you completely, especially since every one of us can come up with an adjective to put in front of our “american” status. Heck, mine would be a mile long if I was to incorporate the backgrounds of my grandparents alone.
      Lets see I’d be a Hungarian-Ukranian-Austrian-American. That’s what I just know about off the top of my head.

      Comment by Cinoda Reed | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. I totally agree. It shouldnt matter the color of ones skin. Thats the whole idea behind being American that we are all equal… I dont understand why people try to make their differancs stand out when thy are supposed to bring us all together.

    Comment by Margie Weatherbe | May 17, 2009 | Reply


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