Hotep everyone! I'm new to this board and I'm loving it. It's refreshing to find a pro-black ACTIVE forum, I have been searching for that for awhile. Well, I'm a native of Africa. I am a Kongolese woman born and raised in DR Congo. I had to leave my country because of war and poverty. I have been living in the US for 6 years and I don't like it. America and Europe are the root cause of the problems of my country, my continent and my entire race, why then should I like their societies? I'm just surviving here, thinking about a better tomorrow for me and my people. I really can't do much about it right now, the INS gives me SO MUCH trouble.. I'm still standing though. My question is, how many of the "Afrocentrist" blacks here travelled to Africa? How many of you are willing to do it? It's nice to talk about "unity of the black race", "Pan-Africanism" etc.. but it seems not many black diasporas are willing to bridge the gap with Africans of continent, regularly go there for vacation, invest there, etc.. Some people give me the excuse that they don't have the money, yet they find money to buy brand new cars, the latest electronic gadgets, or even travel to Europe. What a shame!! The only way to build Pan-Africanism is through SACRIFICE!! I am willing to be friends with black Americans, but the majority dislike my mentality because my concern are merely for our traditional ways. I'm not at all into superficiality, Western fashion, culture etc. I'm not even close friends with black American "Afrocentrist" folks I often meet in Afrocentric clubs in the city where I live. WHY? Are we radically so different?? 400 years of slavery, colonizaton and exploitaion really severed black diasporas form their borthers and sisters of the continent? Who in this forum is willing to save hard-earned money to GO to Africa? Who here is willing to perhaps sacrifice "Western comfort" (crumbs compared to those of white folks really) to go help the poor and deseperate Africans of the Motherland? Who here is willing to OPPOSE the Arab and Westerns missionaries in the Africa soil, who encourage our people to reject their traditonal heritage, and the welfare of their nations? It is time to put our money where our mouth is. The wealthy and the most dertermined among us have no excuse. With that said, people should know I'm not pointing finger at anybody. People do whatever they want with their conscience. As for myself, I'm living in the US so-called "American Eldorado" because of economic reasons. As soon as I can get enough money, and the INS will let me travel, I will be off back to Africa. I will go help my people regularly. Before I die I will help Africans in Mama Africa financially and spychologically, or I wil die trying.. What about you "Africanist" Diasporas? Abantu (black people) Yengue e Zola (Peace and Love).