If some African-Americans really think that there is no distinction between African-Americans and continental Africans, or Black people in other parts of the world, that’s just ridiculous. We are *not* all one big monolithic family without distinctions. We have different histories, different…
I mean seriously is it that serious children are dying some people are starving and y’all over here arguing about an African American claiming their African ?? Good way to discriminate against each other it’s just like the light skin dark skin beef come on now we are all black we just come from different places what’s all the hostility about?
I find these debates to be very challenging because they labor under the idea that black people do not know anything about Africa or have “lost” their African heritage..None of those are fully true.
Its also very intriguing to watch as african immigrants come to the states in hopes of amassing wealth/ or the american dream and then when they find the whining black american they tend to distance themselves from us…that’s cool. It really is, because what they dont understand is that that behavior is part of claiming the american dream—denigrating the black american! The jews did it, the Irish, the Italians, the poles, the latino’s, the West Indians—-anyone who comes to this country must delve into anti blackness, in order to affirm their new position as Americans. Until an Amadou Diollo happens..An African Immigrant who was shot over 40 times for taking out his wallet as a suspected criminal….
I call it the NIgger moment...when people finally experience racism on some level that is tied to anti-blackness
but these moments are often few and far between…
Im oppressed because I am a black african…anyway you cut it….so if an African person does not want me to claim that as my heritage under the pretense that ive never been to africa i can only say ” Oh really!”
Yeah, I really don’t understand why we can’t unite. Why can’t we face the fact that we are related to each other. Why we can’t face the fact that in the U.S. if you’re perceived as black, you’re black and whatever the problems are with being black or that come with living in a racist society, you might have to deal with that no matter where you are from…that yes our experiences and histories and different but there are things we face across the globe that are similar. that uniting doesnt water any of those histories or experiences down…it’s sad that the division continues - but divide and conqueror is one of the few cliches that works, persists and proves its point on a daily basis.
I agree DA. Regardless if you were born in America or came straight off the boat from Africa, we are all oppressed in America. We are both children of Mama Africa no matter what. We are all product of the African Diaspora, so no matter where we are, we are going to see our people everywhere on every continent and country (if we have brothers and sisters in Antarctica let me know)
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