The African Diaspora

A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, Jessica Henderson-Daniel and G. Rita Dudley-Grant

in Diversity in Human Interactions

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195143904
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848171 | DOI:
The African Diaspora

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This chapter focuses on people of color in America who are descendants of African slaves brought to America and are not primarily considered part of another ethnic group. Usually identified by their skin color or tone, this population has numerous titles, with many differences in meaning. People may be identified as Blacks, Black Americans, African Americans, or Americans of African descent. Unless a distinction is needed, these terms will be used interchangeably. The chapter also considers special circumstances of racial identity for Black adolescents and Blacks from Central and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Stereotypes and preconceived notions about Black Americans cause the African American help-seeker to feel that he will not be treated fairly, heard, or understood. Understanding Black Americans and their interactions in contemporary society requires a brief examination of the African diaspora, as well as African influences that affect cultural characteristics and patterns of behaviors.

Keywords: Black Americans; slaves; Blacks; African Americans; racial identity; African diaspora; stereotypes; interactions; help-seeker; African descent

Chapter.  12254 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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