Me Against My Brother

In today’s vlog I discuss my frustrations with the level of negativity directed at my ethnic group when relations within the African Diaspora are addressed on social media:

 

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A native Seattleite and recent East Coast transplant, I have been interested in politics, religion, and race from the day I saw “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” on the bookshelf belonging to my BFF’s mom back in 1991. While my zealotry has thankfully diminished with maturity, I remain the deep thinking, passionate, and humble woman I have always been. I reside in the suburbs of NYC with my husband, daughter, and our two feisty but deeply loved cats.

5 thoughts on “Me Against My Brother

  1. An enlightening topic, not one that I think I would have looked into on my own. It is sad to hear about colorism affecting us across cultural lines, but I have heard similar stories from American born Dominicans/Puerto Ricans. Wrong is wrong, no matter which side it’s coming from, and it only serves to further splinter us as a people…..btw, awesome t-shirt

  2. Yes, like you I also don’t “have beef” with other black people (diaspora or continental). I’ve read the numerous cultural appropriation online discussions, and again, like you, I was shocked at the anger and the ignorance coming from mostly continental Africans. They felt the need to distance themselves from the Diaspora, and that was a completely new experience to me.

    I think it may have to do with the fact that embracing us as one of their own might be too confronting to them. They would have to deal with the fact that for hundreds of years, millions of people were taken away without their leaders being able or willing to do anything about it. And that’s maybe not something they’re willing to face just yet.

    I think that’s what it is. Luckily those continental Africans were in the minority though.

    1. Anaelrich I was truly baffled when I first heard this complaint! You make a great point regarding the possible underlying reason for these hostilities from Continental Africans. I never thought of it from that angle.

  3. The discussion of this topic is much needed. I travel to Senegal a lot and I love my Senegalais family. I have many friends from various parts of Africa, including 2 Nigerian Business partners and I couldn’t have asked for better friends. The stereotypes that has been pushed upon us from our oppressors has caused a rift in between us but the bridge is there both ends just need to use it.

    We need to focus on educating each other and building institutions that promote African culture globally.

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