I'm just going to put this out there - the question has been revolving in my head for a while now.. and all responses are welcome - negative, positive - although I'd prefer educational and constructive. My question is sincere. Just some quick background about me, so you dont start quoting the western Black hero's of the past (not to say they are not significant in the development of Black people globally - I'm absolutely fascinated with what I am learning via destee.com and the channels of info am intrigued to follow from posts here) nor am I questioning the political western grip on Africa. I am African- thus being Black has never been an issue. I've always been Black. Sure, I grew up in Apartheid - it's dying breaths. On a social level, the winds had already changed. Being Black has never been a question of skin tone - it's mental - you know yourself.. either you are, or you are not. These terms like.. coloured, mulatto, biracial, MULTIracial.. dont exist in my reality - oh yeah.. heard and expressed.. but.. by the "unenlightened" (how's that for a ironic term? haha) (gotta laugh some more - HAHAHA!!!). I hear people complaining about others that look too light, call themselves Black - or people known have a drop of Black blood - yet call themselves white. Or 1/4 Black.. this is something I find very diffcult to comprehend. Is that really THAT important? or even relevant in terms of a global Black identity? I mean.. go to any chinatown across the globe and even the street signs are written in Chinese! THAT is community! Sorry - thats not actually my question I'm distinguishing Black, from people who call themselves African <insert nationality here> - and I'm not proud of doing so - thus therein lies my question. Why is it, that Blacks in dispora who call themselves African <insert nationality here> - just dont go home? - particularily those who promote and advocate returning home, all the while maintaining residence in the west. It's not that hard to move to Africa - physically, anyway You WILL find work, you will get food on your table, your children will go to school. Your education/background alone - no matter how insignificant in the west - is almost certain to give you far more in return in Africa, and your worldliness, back to Africa. You'd be building Africa from within - which is the only way to do it, really. And given our modern communication channels - your work would have more.. i dont know the right word.. more conviction? value? coming from inside Africa. Is everyone waiting for Will Smith to move? hehehe - Sure - you'd be an outsider in Africa - just like in the West - with the never ending race struggle - but your kids raised in Africa would face African issues - and thats the whole point, isnt it? So what is actually preventing the mass exodus of African <insert nationality here>? That's my question.