Better off divided?

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As a Haitian (in my firm opinion, the most ridiculed of all Black diasporas) beauty, I’ve always found it interesting that my mother would consciously and purposely separate her identity as a Black woman and as a Haitian woman. Now it does make sense that individuals should have a sense of pride for their land of heritage, but what about a sense of pride for their land of ancestry? Really the question I’m getting at is this:  Why do so many Blacks turn away from Africa? There’s an obvious schism within our global community that has become a permanent tattoo on the skin of our existence. I know a bunch of Nigerians, Ghanians, etc. who have all been reluctant at some point to fully represent their culture because they’ve been hated by other Blacks. Other Blacks whose family trees probably root back to Nigeria or Ghana themselves. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Black people are the most divided of all races. When will the glue finally hold strong for us? Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing faulty about repping for your West Indian side. Shit, Labor Day, all day. However, I’m a little confused as to why there needs to be a removal of Caribbean-American numbers from the African-American census. Maybe in addition let’s create seperate pots filled with specific diasporas. But really, is the motherland that unappealing to claim?

Dukes, start the discourse. It’s long overdue.

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5 Responses to “Better off divided?”

  1. ro Says:
    August 19th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    good question trace…ive been pondering this question myself for the last few years… y is it that its looked down upon to just be black…like its not in style or something…back in the 70s it was im black and im proud…not im jamaican and im proud or im haitian and im proud…the separatism amongst black cultures is gettin out of control when one group of black people begins to demand that they be categorized separately from another group of black people. what will be the end result of all of this?

  2. Mathis Says:
    August 19th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    It’s unfortunate when your Black and don’t realize that your still a Nigger to those in power until you amass the mightiest color of all, GREEN; and even then your still a nigger.

  3. cass Says:
    August 19th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I agree 100%. there is too much competition within our race. it’s ridiculous. like nas said, we’re both the slave and the master.

  4. UnoMcfly Says:
    August 20th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I consider myself a Black Man…with my heritage tracing Bacc to Guyana and Brazil…The term African-american means very little to me. not because of some inner self-hatred towards the motherland…but because my family’s heritage,culture and all our known and recorded history come from those 2 countries. If i knew for sure what Country in Africa i delineated from then maybe i could do research and begin to connect. But Slavery destroyed that chance for many a west indian. Most of our families are immigrants 2 and 3 times over. Besides you dont hear people from Austria Call themselves European-Americans. Africa is a continent Just like europe…Now do i need a separate census form just to state that…I dont believe so. But in my day to day life i do make the distinction.

  5. trace Says:
    August 20th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Point most certainly made. But, what’s interesting to me is that the Italians and French, among others, do recognize themselves as also being European. Where as so many West Indians don’t recognize themselves as also being Africans.

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