Pan-Africanism : Why It Isn't Possible For Black Americans To Appropriate African Culture

Clyde C Coger Jr

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In the Spirit of Sankofa,

Why It Isn't Possible For Black Americans To Appropriate African Culture

My dashiki shouldn't offend you

... This is why it hurts when native Africans criticize black American attempts to regain a lost portion of ourselves. Writer Zipporah Gene, who identifies as both British and Nigerian, wrote a post earlier this month claiming that black Americans can appropriate African culture -- since we are American -- by wearing tribal garb to be "trendy." Backlash to her piece led her to write an equally obtuse follow-up declaring that, based on her own experiences, it is unnecessary for black people to showcase their Africanness: ..


Members of the Restoration Dance Company perform a traditional African dance during a Kwanzaa festival at the Museum of Natural History December 28, 2002 in New York City. Kwanzaa, started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, is an African-American cultural holiday celebrating family and community.

Clyde C Coger Jr. PEOPLE, when Kwanzaa was started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga wouldn’t it have made more sense to utilize one of the most popular African languages like Yoruba, Swahili or Xhosa etc as opposed to just making one up, in that do we need to create yet another African ethnic/linguistic group when we already have nearly 1000 within Africa today?

Isn’t ANYONE who genuinely believes they are not programmed graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?


sekou kasimu

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Apr 12, 2013
Baltimore, Maryland
Retired Ironworker
I've had Africans tell me this very thing. They have gone as far to demand when I'm wearing something tribal to change my clothes.

Let's face it. Africa is a continent and not a country. And we (most of us) are far too removed from it to claim it's heritage like that. We don't know what we're wearing. We have no connection to the meaning.

But I still rock my African garb....
If what you say is true, then that is proof that alot of our people have a very long re-acculturation process ahead of them! Because culture is the sustaining force of any people! It is the glue that binds a people together!, so that they can do whatever it takes to survive and thrive in this mean ole world made by Europeans!!!

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