My husband is from Canada and there are few "African Americans" there. He says dark skinned people are "Canadians" or "black".
Originally Posted by Myrna
It kind of is like that where I'm from. If someone has dark skin they're black, without much of a distinction. I really, really don't mean to step on any toes at all but I have never in my life seen people more hung up on ethnicity than americans. I'm not saying it's a bad thing at all, but to those of us who aren't used to it it's kind of confusing.

For instance, I recently had to go to my local social security office because of an issue with my number. Eventually the guy asked me if I wanted to answer some voluntary questions; when I said yes, he asked me what ethnic group I belong to, then what ethnicity I think I am, and I'm like "that's not the same thing?" Apparently not. Before any of this I only had to worry about what my passport said pretty much and my ancestry was something I ever dug up when I had to explain my foreign last name...