“The Destructive Divide.”


On Thursday of last week, I asked the question: “Is There a Difference Between Black and African-American?” Most people said yes.

To be born in a world as a black woman who knows her origin is an absolute privilege that Hadiatou does not take for granted. Although everyone should have the right of knowing where they came from, it’s not complete reality.

I was born in America but I was raised in an African household that upheld Fulani values, language, and overall way of life.

Because of this, I have always been exposed to both cultures-the African-American community and the African community.

Growing up, I noticed that there is tension from both sides and it’s not okay. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the phrase, “african booty scratcher” or “gangsta.” These phrases are just one example of the destructive division there is among Africans and African-Americans.

According to Google, xenophobia is defined as the dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.

Whether or not you believe there’s a difference between the communities is irrelevant because we can’t ignore the xenophobia in America among both Africans and African-Americans towards each other.

In last week’s blog, I discussed how our cultural biases restrain our potential to grow as people- well, the same applies in this case!

Don’t we all fall under the umbrella term of “black?” Don’t we all make up 13% of the population in America? Don’t we all check off the same ethnicity box?

The immeasurable prejudice that both African-American and African communities carry against each other is destructive. Why? Because we are one- we are a brotherhood whether you like it or not.

Think about this …

Living in America as a black means that we all have common fears in this country in regards to our race. For example, we all are included when they say “Black Lives Matter?” So who are we truly fighting? Ourselves? This is foolish.

If a cop pulled you over, all they will see is your black skin – it won’t matter what country you’re from, how superior you think you are, or how many languages you speak.

Do you see my point now?

Are we even thinking about our black heroes from the past and present who have sacrificed beyond what we can comprehend? This divide will not only destruct what our black heroes have worked for, but it’ll limit our potential in this nation.

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The divide between Africans and African-Americans is an issue we need to address- not ignore. It all starts with ourselves. Unity is what will continue to make us strong as a community.

As black history month comes to an end, let us all evaluate ourselves and what we’re doing to bring unity among the black community. You might be thinking, “oh, I’m one person, how could I do this, etc.” Believe it or not, change all starts with yourself! Before you know it, your practices of goodness will spread to the people you encounter.

I am proud to be black because despite all that black people have gone through, we still remain strong and continue to fight for justice. Plus if it wasn’t for heroes like Dr.King or Malcolm X, African immigrants probably wouldn’t be here right now- that’s deep!

Why are you proud to be Black? Comment down below.

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