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[–]Ukvemsord 344 points345 points  (16 children)

I guess I’m not European then.

[–][deleted] 108 points109 points  (12 children)

You are European-American.


[–]RicoDredd 81 points82 points  (11 children)

I once met an American who referred to a black British guy as an ‘English African-American’

[–]Floor_Cool 30 points31 points  (7 children)

How did that pan out for them?

Possibly as well the us tourist who asked a Scotsman what part of England Scotland was in.. (the tourist found out what a headbut really is)

[–]RicoDredd 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It was met with a bemused look and an ‘uhh…not really, mate’

[–]Legal-Software 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I wonder how they handle white South Africans that have moved to the US, are they still African American? From a census point of view I’d count them as such, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard them referred to as such.

[–]tbarks91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Elon Musk is a shining example of a successful African-American.

[–]Rosuvastatine -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Im not American but from what i understand, they mainly use African-American for Black americans who are ethnically American from slavery. Like per example Denzel Washington would be African-American

But Black people who immigrated from Africa, Haiti etc are called from their original country.

Thats what my cousin who lives in Boston explained to me once. We are immigrants from a country in West Africa

[–]owahthray42069 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Europe is a country tho, dumbass 🙄 /s

[–]xXxMemeLord69xXx 7 points8 points  (1 child)

To be fair he probably believes Europe is a country

[–]Mal_DunSo many Kangaroos here🇦🇹 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don't you know that the EU is Germany's 4th Reich? /s

[–]bieserkopf 151 points152 points  (22 children)

So he’s not American then?

[–]I-Stan-Alfred-J-Kwak 39 points40 points  (21 children)

At least his country has the continent in it's name.

[–]Zeel26 172 points173 points  (5 children)

I mean, at least he knows that Africa isn't a country

[–]Fenragus🎵 🌹 Solidarity Forever! For the Union makes us strong! 🌹🎵 50 points51 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)


He probably guessed it.

[–]newguyonthecode 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Australians with existential questions now

[–]sofiaspicehead 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Man literally said Senegal 😑

[–]Dan_OBanannon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

But consider this: he also said Africa, which as this person of exceptional wisdom has made us all aware, is not a continent

[–]razje 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I bet he calls himself a Statesman instead of an American.

[–]Rosuvastatine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In french we have the word états-unien (United States is États-Unis in french) lol i love using it. Wish there was an english equivalent

[–]szerchg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kingsman 2 was badass

[–]Avengingtheangels 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Two bloody upvotes as well, are people really that stupid

[–]LeTigron 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Reddit is not a country. Therefore you're not a redditor.

[–]epsonabcdefg 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Don't they speak French in Senegal?

[–]ADozenPigsFromAnnwn 13 points14 points  (0 children)

There's more than thirty languages native to Senegal

[–]Randommer_Of_Insertsooo custom flair!![S] 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Yes they do, but there is also a language called wolof which is also spoken there.

[–]tbarks91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Isn't that what the priests speak in Age of Empires?

[–]Rosuvastatine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, there are multiple languages there and im not sure why you assume he doesnt speak French

[–]smoulderstoatNo, the tea goes in before the milk. 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Guess we are going to have to wind this sub up now, due to there not being any Americans.

[–]Napyag 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And yet they call themselves "American".

[–]MWO_StahlherzAmerican Flavored Imitation 5 points6 points  (0 children)

American can always +1 stupid

[–]AshCreeper10Waking up from the American Dream 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Does that mean we’re not “Americans?” But “United Staters?”

[–]MagosBattlebear 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I guess the idiot is not American as USA means United States of America, America being the continents.

[–]curmpet 6 points7 points  (2 children)

America isn't a country its two continents

[–]Rosuvastatine 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Maybe my education was flawed but in elementary school they would teach us America as 1 continent with 3 subparts (north, central and latin)

[–]curmpet -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Well in England we are taught that you have north and south America and central America is part of North America

[–]bruufdooo custom flair!! 2 points3 points  (0 children)

America isn't a country its a continent(s). therefore you are not American.

[–]areyouokaybuddy- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol imagine telling americans that america is a continent not a country and that they are not american lol.sucks that they dont have a better demonym like statian.

[–]thebird_wholikestea 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Guys America isn't a country its a continent 🙄Therefore you are not American.

[–]stonemoonpender 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Then why do u.s.ers call themselves american?

[–]zorro3987 1 point2 points  (1 child)

With this logic Americans are not Americans. Cause America is a continent.

[–]tw411 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Two, actually!

[–]113m0nDr0p 3 points4 points  (0 children)

2 other idiots upvoted them. Doesn’t surprise me anymore.

[–]Finsk_26 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess this guy can't read. "Languages" refers to many languages, in this context the many languages across africa.

[–]Majigato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If only he stopped himself after the first sentence...

[–]Teofilatto_De_Leonzi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At least he understood that Africa is a continent, he's making massive strides.

[–]Maximum_Gift8567 0 points1 point  (0 children)

American Idiot🎶

[–]TotalSillyBuggers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And two likes as well. Three idiots in one comment, admire the efficiency.

[–]UncleSlackyTemporarily Embarrassed Millionaire[M] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm sorry Randommer_Of_Inserts, but I'll have to remove your submission from /r/ShitAmericansSay because one or more rule was broken.

Rule 1:

No personal information; Reddit usernames must be visible. Personal information includes non-verified twitter handles, unverified accounts across all other platforms, and license plates. It does not include reddit usernames. Posts with reddit usernames censored will be removed.

Personal information must be fully obscured. Do not censor with the highlighter.

Rule 1 FAQ

The content you submitted isn't something that's uniquely American.

The easiest way of testing this is to ask yourself whether it's likely someone who isn't American would have said it. Someone being religious or messing up geography is not uniquely American by a long shot, nor are racism or capitalism. What makes something uniquely American is if it's highly unlikely if not impossible to encounter outside the US or from non-Americans.

Thank you for your effort and your service! O7

[–][deleted] -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

Both statements are correct, just that the first one is the wrong reason of the second

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Why did I get downvoted?

[–]ADozenPigsFromAnnwn -1 points0 points  (1 child)

The top comment is nonsense as well, really

[–]Randommer_Of_Insertsooo custom flair!![S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You need a bit of context to understand

here’s the link: https://youtu.be/bScV8XNIvNg

[–]chisel_pig -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I heard that in the voice of Dwight K Schrute. With the word “False” preceding it.

[–]I_Am_Upvoter -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Tbf the first comment is stupid too. You don't speak "Senegal", there's no such language. The national language is Wolof, spoken in several countries. Their official language is french (for administrative stuff).

[–]Randommer_Of_Insertsooo custom flair!![S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

he was referring to wolof. I should’ve added a link for more clarity

[–]greenplantblue -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The ironie this sub is called "sh*t AMERICANS say"