In dealing with the terms "black" or "African American"......do you know what determines if that label is placed upon you (still today!)? One drop of blood. The "One Drop" rule was put in place largely to determine who was "black" or "African American". If you had one drop of blood from a "black" or "African American" you were deemed part of that group. Pretty racist eh? You could be 1% "black" and 99%"white" but in the eyes of the government.....you were "black" and treated as such. I am sure many denied or hid any notion of "black" blood in their past if they were able to pass as "white".
The one-drop rule has long been taken for granted throughout the United States by whites and blacks alike, and the federal courts have taken "judicial notice" of it as being a matter of common knowledge. State courts have generally upheld the one-drop rule, but some have limited the definition to one thirty-second or one-sixteenth or one-eighth black ancestry, or made other limited exceptions for persons with both Indian and black ancestry. Most Americans seem unaware that this definition of blacks is extremely unusual in other countries, perhaps even unique to the United States, and that Americans define no other minority group in a similar way.- Source PBS.ORG
The United States has always discriminated against blacks. There is still discrimination today. Don't say all formal discrimination ended back in the 1960s. My parents have a very different view of racism than I do. They went through more discrimination than I will ever experience. I still recall stories my mother told me about traveling on a bus across the state of Texas. When they would stop at a cafe she would have to go to the back door of the cafe to eat. After the Civil Rights Act of 1968 she was able to eat in the front of the cafe. I still remember how she laughed when she told be the burgers in the front taste just the same as the burgers she ate in the back.
I grew up in an all "white" neighborhood. My family was literally the ONLY "black" family in the ENTIRE subdivision. My brother and I were the only two "black" kids in elementary school. I remember being at a neighborhood park late at night while in high school. I was one of 5 or 6 teenagers (I was driving so 16 or 17 years old) hanging out. A police officer pulled up and asked me why I was there. He inspected only my ID. Then told us to go home. Everyone else was not "black".
Barack Hussein Obama is the son of a black (not in quotes on purpose) man from Kenya and a white woman (Irish and and English descent) from Kansas. The media and the United States public calls him "black" or "African American". Why not call him Irish???? or English? Oh that's right because his skin has a lot more melanin than "white" people making it dark brown. Calling Barack Hussein Obama "black" or "African American" is racist (he's just as much "white" or "Irish American" or "English American"). Doing so makes you no better than members of the Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Brotherhood. Those groups use the one drop rule. Calling Barack Hussein Obama "black" means using the very same rule.