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Reply to "Black Nationalism 2006"

African American-Americans, notably David Walker and Mariah Stewart n the 1830's, and Martin B. Delaney in the 1860s, and Thomas Morris Chester in the 1880s seemed to drive the move to separatism in the 19th century. I'm sure there were others.

Immigrants, and descendants of immigrants, transient and otherwise, are the notable players in the movement in the 20th century, e.g. Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammed, Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm (X) Little, Louis Farahkan, and most vocal supporters.

I'm sure there are African American-Americans supporting separatiam as well.

The preferred choice of these folks is nationalism.

I think such a choice is the right choice over the igonmious selection of color as identity.

Some interpret the choice as, simply, an act against African American-Americans. I believe much more is involved.

I am against separatism.

I am for reestablishment of our ancestral nationality with the reality of African America, a real place with real people, us.

We are the descendants of those held in chattel slavery and Jim Crow Law in the American Colonies, and the United States of America from circa 1509.

Americans who are African American.

I am for African American nationalism.

All people of African ancestry, wholly or in part, known and unknown as welcome.


Jim Chester