What is a mixed African-American?
Is it like a Italian who is half Irish that is a U.S.A citizen calling him/herself Irish-American?
People will label others how they feel at the time you ask them. And people have very little control over that.
The need to label is part wanting to belong to something bigger (even if its imagined) or the need for a society to label its people for whatever reason. Money, marketing, whatever.
Africans came to the Americas right along with the Europeans some as workers, some as servants MOST as slaves later on. This is not news. Thru the years the slaves mixed with others that came to work had kids and so on and so forth. No longer Africans and not considered European,NATIVEs, Indian, Asian or whatever else was mixed in what you had was a group that was BORN OF THE AMERICAS.
Thru the years some have tried to reconect with only the African part mainly because the Gov did not give much of an option for any other identity, Negro, Mixed, so you have a group lost looking for a home land.
The sad part is that This Country for good or bad gave birth to us and this is 100% ours. Black-American fits for me only becuase I like the sound if you need to label me. Other than that American fits also but people will never go for that.
The comedy is I can trace my family line thru almost every war this country ever had and yet I had to hear stories from my mom of people telling her to go back to Africa. hahaha Ohh man the comedy.