i was watching "chat the planet" on link tv, and they were talking about immigration policies in both the us and australia. to talk about this they brought together 15 teenagers each from both countries. in both cases, most of the teenagers from both counrties were either immigrants or of immigrant ancestry except for the aborigine in australia and the cherokee from the us. the only people whom you could call "black": the australian girl was from zambia, and the american dude was an immigrant from benin.
but wait a minute, i figured: what about african americans? we can't call ourselves native americans, but at the same time, we can't call ourselves immigrants either! why? because our ancestors weren't immigrants, they were brought here in bondage to serve as free and expendable agricultural labor, and nothing else. that's probably the reason why i can't see myself as kin to a west indian (and an african? hell no!).
however, we are told to identify with american values, values that are based on the traditions of the immigrants (whites, asians, latinos, west indians, and africans) and their own children who rule this nation. its these values, traditions and standards by which this nation was founded, and we'd be fools to think that such values, known collectively as the american dream, could actually work for us slave descendants.
when are we going to get it through our thick skulls that we cannot, never could, and never will be able to identify, at even the least, with the american dream? i dont give a damn what mlk said about acceptance, tolerance, integration, or all that b.s. that doesn't help a lick for us. we must come to the realisation that america (excluding the indians) was built exclusively for the immigrant who came to this country simply for himself, his family, his posterity, and nothing more. it would never be fit to this nation's history for the progeny of the expendable labor that built this nation in its infancy to actually get some side benefits called freedom and prosperity, because then that would make us immigrants, right?
so really i'm jealous of that guy from benin or that australian girl who immigrated from zambia, cause, hell, theyre immigrants.