I was reading our brother's post in the "Defending Hiphop..." thread, and it got me to wondering why Continental Africans would feel so "offended" about African Americans reclaiming our heritage? What would make an African from the continent feel shamed and alarmed and angered and upset with African Americans for identifying with our cultural heritage? We did not arrive here in this hemisphere of our own devices, and yes, some of our ancestors played a prominent role in us being here in the first place(the shame!). What even makes a Continental African believe he has a monopoly, or the final say, on what is and is not, AFRICAN??? The term is all relative, because most Africans don't even refer to themselves as Africans, but as nationals or members of their ethnic group. Maybe that is the resentment, that we AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE AN AMALGAM OF many AFRICAN ETHNICITIES, and are most justified in wearing this honorable title than they are??? I could go on infinitely with this, but I will not waste anyone's time. I will say this, though, that I dont CARE what continental Africans think of me. That is entirely their business. I know they love me when I am contributing to their economies. I can even become an honorary village chief if I've got the right rap.