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Why is there a rift between African/African-American/Afro-Caribbean? I thought Black is Black? We're all of African descent and so share a common heritage and even many cultural similarities. Why should their be a rift between us, aren't we the same people? Did we forget about great Pan-Africanist heroes like Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Toure( Stokely Carmichael ), Eldridge Cleaver, Kwame Nkrumah, Fela Kuti etc? Is there any hope for us? What can we do to promote unity among OUR people(all people of indiginous African descent regardless of whether their from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America or the US)?

"All people of African descent, whether they live in North or South America, the Caribbean, or in any part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation"- KWAME NKRUMAH
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There is no rift between Africans and our brothers across the atlantic. Every race makes fun of each other. Black people are no different. Making fun of ourselves and our different backgrounds does not mean we hate each other.

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Amen to that.

It is taking time for us to see each other without the veil draped over us by European oppression. We have looked at each through that veil for centuries. I am only this year learning about African Canadians even knowing that many African Americans reached Canada by way of the Underground Railroad. And many, many others from African nations by traditional methods of immigration.

I only this year learned the Province of British Columbia was founded by a man of African, in fact, African American, descent. Forgive me for not having his name on the tip of my fingers. We're still like children standing on tiptoe trying to see over each other.

We are all of African ancestry. Some more recent than others. Some more directly than others. We are still struggling with definition.

Let me share this with you. I may be a little of topic, but can be useful here.

I spent a number of years in "copy band", a rock group. When Santana hit the scene, I knew his wasn't the usual rock group. I knew he was not the usual rock artist. I felt a little "let down" because I knew, no I thought, he was selling his heritage for success. Many of us have done it. Why hammer him? I never said, "Here's a "black" man selling out." I never identified him as a "black" man. He never said.

When he hit the scene for the third time, this time blowing out the "Grammy's", he made the day. A reporter questioned him trying to characterize his music as "Caribbean" and then "Latin", Santana said, simply, "It's African." I'm Africam. No fanfare. No explanation. The power was in the words.

Often, we don't "see" each other because we don't say anything.

Do not feed negativism. And, don't feed ON negativism.

PEACE

Jim Chester

You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.

[This message was edited by James Wesley Chester on November 08, 2003 at 08:14 PM.]


[This message was edited by James Wesley Chester on November 11, 2003 at 04:32 AM.]
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Originally posted by X:
Why is there a rift between African/African-American/Afro-Caribbean? I thought Black is Black? We're all of African descent and so share a common heritage and even many cultural similarities. Why should their be a rift between us, aren't we the same people? Did we forget about great Pan-Africanist heroes like Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Toure( Stokely Carmichael ), Eldridge Cleaver, Kwame Nkrumah, Fela Kuti etc? Is there any hope for us? What can we do to promote unity among OUR people(all people of indiginous African descent regardless of whether their from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America or the US)?

"All people of African descent, whether they live in North or South America, the Caribbean, or in any part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation"- KWAME NKRUMAH
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great quote upfro

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