Putting the ancestry "first", with our nationality as a foundation, or acknowledging the foundation given by our ancestry? "Afrimerican/African American" has, at it's base, the concept "American" suggesting a specific "flavor" of "American". This is all well and good for "Americans", but what about the rest of our African Family? As it stands, this "new" division of Africa has us as African American/Afrimerican, African British, African Brazilian, African Columbian: still dividing Africa. I just feel it would be better if we would look at it as different "flavors" of Africans - British Africans, Carribean Africans, American Africans, etc. What do y'all think? =============================================================== While I've always felt this, after reading Brother Aqil's sharing of Owen Malik Shahadah's "LANGUAGE: TOOLS OF SELF-DETERMINATION FOR A NEW AFRICAN REALITY..." in the Pan-Africanism forum and Brother Afrimerican's thoughts in "WHAT THEY PRACTICE ON US!" in the Open Forum, I'm prompted to seek discussion on this specific aspect of this question of identity. It's not that I'm looking to "dismiss" any of the points presented by any of the contributors to either of those threads (or others along the same vein), but that I think that this might be a "narrowing" of the thoughts behind where I am trying to get to with this whole idea. Frankly, I've been sitting here for about half an hour or more trying to figure out just where this sort of discussion might best fit: There is a touch of "Honoring Our Ancestors" (or "ancestry", I suppose), "Pan-Africanism" and "Reclaiming Our Stolen Culture". However, the Open Forum is for stuff that doesn't quite fit as well as the thought that it might get more exposure?