the more important and defining question would be, when do Black people in this country stop being Caribbean american, nigerian american etc and just convert into "AFRICAN AMERICAN"? like at what point did the people who migrated from the West Indies to Harlem in the late 1800's and early 1900's convert from their Caribbeaness into FULL Black American? Is there a standard time frame for being considered African American? or is it up to the individual..at what point did the Bajan people sent to the US as slaves in the Carolinas disregard their ancestry and just became American? at what point did the Haitians in New Orleans just became American and the trend goes on.Actually the success or lack thereof of the children of immigrants is MORE important to analyze than the that of immigrants. Because their playing fields should be leveled. Same skin color. Born in the same country.
It is ridiculous to ignore the ancestry of the Blacks born here. The ability to create success for your children and grandchildren and/or to pass on wealth to children or grandchildren is the most important factor of immigrant success. If they are Americans with Caribbean ancestry and they are more successful or they fought for civil rights, then that actually proves the point that there is a distinction between the native Blacks and those with roots/culture/ancestry outside of the USA.
If I have kids with a trini woman in America would they be African American? OR would they be Trinidadian/Caribbean American. How about if they grow up in Brooklyn speaking in trini creole, eating trini food and going carnival or how about we move to in the typical African American neighbourhood in South Carolina and we let them embrace the typical traditions of chitlin, cornbread, chicken and waffles etc?
YOU GET MY POINT? this thing is complicated
Is Nikki Minaj Caribbean American, African American or is she a combination of both? I think its up to how the person choose to define themselves and its according to how they grew up and what they cling to.