- Oct 8, 2005
ShemsiEnTehuti said:I have a problem with the title of this thread...
Some black people do not consider Africans black people???
Hmmm...so called "black people" in America should not even be considering themselves "black" using a European/White lexicon. I am an African man, merely displaced in the West. Yes, nationally I am "African-American", but I am African at heart, mind, and spirit, therefore, the African comes first. "Black" tells me nothing about who and what I am, as well as where I have come from. Therefore, I don't consider people like the brother Omowale or any other Africans as "black people" either. They are simply another thread in the outstanding unified cultural fabric of Continental and Diasporic Africans.
What makes the word African anymore valid as a descriptor of US than black?
Is the word "Africa" originated by or from US?
How is that word any less white/euro lexicon than black?
Was it not US who initiated the culture of referring to ourselves as "black" in retiring the term negro?
Is a blond-haired, blue-eyed caucasian born and raised in Kwazulu-natal more or less "African" than you?
Black suits me just fine.
If an African, a Jamaican, a cuban, a brit or an american refers to themself as black it leaves little doubt who/what they are identifying as.
The title of this thread accurately reflects the cultural divide between black people who share ancestral lineage but currently reside on two different continents.