When you are talking about African American, do you mean the ones that are from the Islands, Africa, or the ones that were born in America?
I am working in New York City. The ones from the Islands, most of the time they speak French or Creole; and the ones from Jamaica speak English in a sense that is so hard to understand...Jamaican accent!!!! I don't have any problems with that. As far as I am concerning, when I talk to them, are they going to talk to me in French or Creole? The most important question you have to ask yourself...Ms. Military Spouse...when you are talking to those Filipino nurses, do they talk to you in Tagalog. Yes/No??? I guess life is still too long for some, their lives are so good and they have to create problems for themselves and others.....
We even have nurses speak Polish or Russian, and they talk to themselves in Polish or Russian....and nobody has any problems with that.
By the way, the Filipino talk to themselves not in English, and that is OK to me. They are nice to work with, and always offer help.
Good luck with you soul searching!!!