Discussion in 'All Things Africa' started by panafrica, Sep 24, 2005.
I am seeing this (seeking ties) becoming more and more prevalent between African immigrants and Africans born in Amerikkka. It's been a long time coming nevertheless.
A very interesting article. One thing I noticed is that the article chronicles Africans living in the Midwest, and I would have to say that Africans in the NYC area probably don't experience the same stereotypes, certainly not to the degree they do in other parts of the country. This is probably due to the fact that continental Africans have been living in the NYC area for several decades, as opposed to other parts of the US.
I really see that happening here in Atlanta. The other cities are segregated when it comes to living areas, shops, social activities, etc. Africans and West Indians, who look to be secluded to there countrymen when they move to the states, should definitely not move to ATL. We have Africans, West Indians, Southern Blacks, Northern Blacks, Westerners, Midwesterners, European Blacks, Latin Americans all living in the same neighborhoods, shopping at the same stores, going to same events, and going to the same schools. As opposed to other cities, like Miami, New York, Chicago, etc. where it's taboo to go to a certain part of town if you are not a part of a certain "ethnic" group.
Brother AUM, Africans and African Caribbean Blacks live in Black Neighborhoods in New York, and they move most freely without regard to what their ethnicity might be... I know that Atlanta has become quite an international city, but it still does not have the kind of international flavor of New York City - particularly Brooklyn, New York, which is beginning, now, to see a strong influx of Africans from BRAZIL... Y'all got that - does any city in the UNITED STATES have that????? I doubt it...
In Brooklyn - if you're ever planning to visit - Bedford Stuyvesant has the largest BLACK population of any city in the United States - 1-million African people reside here, in a city with 2-5 million Blacks, and 3.3 million in the entire state of New York.. Not all of these Black folks are AFrican Americans, either...
In a community like CROWN HEIGHTS, an African American finds it difficult to find his traditional soul food spices, because it is so heavily Anglo-franco speaking Caribbean... Same as you move into the FLATBUSH and EAST FLATBUSH sections heavily populated by HAITIANS... THis does not mean, however, that Haitians can't travel into Bedford Stuyvesant, or African Americans can't go into East Flatbush without an escort(smile!) Members of both groups reside in those areas, and we are all Black people, so who knows the diff???
Additionally, all of the Black immigrants have their children, and guess what their children sound like when they open their mouths??? Yeah, like their parents were born in South Carolina, somewhere... So it is a fallacy to believe that we've got a lot of friction among one another in a city that has been peopled by African Caribbeans for more than 200 years... Yeah, man, 200 years African Caribbeans have lived in New York City, meaning we've been at the practice of finding our middle ground with one another a lot longer than most cities in the United States... I urge you to come here, and find out for yourself... I am certain you will enjoy the experience, brother...(smile!)
Thank you Brutha Panafrica...
Excellent article !!!
I THINK WHAT WAS KEY WAS THE BROTHER WHO ORGINIZED THE WORKSHOP ON INVESTING IN AFRIKA. IT COMES DOWN TO THE $$. IF AFRICANS FROM THE CONTINENT SEE THEY CAN GAIN WEALTH BY DEALING WITH AA'S & VICE VERSA THEN EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FALL INTO TO PLACE. LETS ALL GET RICH TOGETHER!
I see barriers being broken down daily...much to the white man's regret.
Barriers are being broken down daily, I'm a proud Nigerian BLACK woman, one love to the African diaspora. I love my black people, my boyfriend is from Detroit,best friends are Caribbean, God daghter is from Detroit, my closest friends are from all over from Uganda to Antigua, from Nigeria to Detroit
Ignorance breeds hate, folks need to reach outside their boxes in order to get to know each other past the stereotypes.
My dad's best friend is African-American,and they've been buddies for 30yrs, he was in myparents wedding, and they've stayed in touch even between continents over the yrs.
That's beautiful Africandr....welcome to Destee.com!
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