Our society really needs to try to begin to understand that
the 'African-American' (AA) 'Ethnic' group is *not* the
same group as the Black American' (BA) 'Race' group --
that the two (2) terms are *not* synomymous and that the
two (2) terms should *not* be used inter-changeably.
We are *not* speaking of ‘semantics’ here – but rather
– the BAs & AAs are two different groups of people.
The AAs are the (largely Mixed-Race) ETHNIC group.
The BAs are the (Mono-Raced) RACE group.
As crazy as it sounds -- the U.S. government
[due to racism & wanting to stigmatize the part
of their lineage that was from Africa which, by
the way, is only one part of their lineage] ---
has labeled those individuals who are the known
"descendents of the survivors" of the system of
chattel-slavery found in the USA as being AAs
(the hyphen is used in reference to acknowledging
the fact that most of them are Mixed-Race,
with African & non-African blood lines)
has labeled those people who are "volitional immigrants"
who are directly from places such as the continent of
African, the West Indies, etc. -- as being BAs
(with the word 'Black' used in reference to acknowledging
the fact that they are of a Mono-racial full-Black lineage).
In addition, it should also be remembered that – although some
AAs adhere to a socio-political ‘identity’ that is often described
by the slang term of “black”—the AAs are actually *not*
a "Race" group at all -- but rather they *are* a largely
Mixed-Race 'Ethnic' group (and the socio-political
‘identity’ that a person chooses *does not* change
their racially-mixed ancestral lineage).
Most (+70?of the people born to two (2) parents who
are of the AA ‘Ethnic’ group are are of a Multi-Racially
‘Mixed’ (MGM) lineage – while the people to two (2)
parents who are of the BA ‘Racial’ group – on the
other hand – are of a Mono-Racially ‘Black’ lineage.
Hope that helps and that you have a great day. :D