What reasons are there for African-Americans, generally, today to denounce their AFRICAN cultural heritage? What part of being an American (and being American as a product of CIRCUMSTANCE - e.g. slavery) and even not knowing much about Africa (her various people, their various folk-ways, etc.)... what part of being American supercedes a people's quest for even the most superficial or symbolic memory or acknowledgement of their AFRICAN Heritage?
What makes such an acknowledgement (again, even the most superficial and uninformed types of acknowledgements) problematic to the extent where our AMERICAN heritage and nationality is one some want to exhalt as, essentially, the sum total of our being?
Exactly why is that an issue? Why is it necessary to have any amount of "direct knowledge" about Africa in order for someone, anyone of us to claim that we are an AFRICAN, if only an AFRICAN-American people?quote:"If one is not African born, to claim being something one is not [i.e. AFRICAN... and something one] has very little direct experiential knowledge of is foolhardy." - Afrimerican
It seems silly to me to begrudge the fact. Obviously, there is no consideration as to why there is "little direct knowledge" about Africa. Also, there is no consideration as to why a person, a Black person, an AFRICAN-American person would want to identify, remember, acknowledge or otherwise associate him/herself with "Africa."
It's as if the American Ordeal that was Slavery, which essentially boils down to being forced to be "American", (and actually being forced to be a second-class American) is/was an acceptable situation and, how we became "American" (and more directly, how we became something other than AFRICAN) is to be dismissed as unimportant -- our identity, then, is tied to "what we are" no matter how we came to be what we are.
It's as if those of that opinion would disparage a person who survived a life threatening auto accident that paralyzed them, in mind and body, from ever trying to regain either the psychic or muscle memory they once had that propelled them to think and walk on their own. In essence, those feign "matter of fact" comments, would seem to say, "To hell with rehab. There is no sense in trying to regain your [full] memory or your freedom to walk amongst the other people of the world at full strength." No sense, it seems, in making a full recovery, showing no visible signs of the historical accident that once changed your life. No sense in trying to get your life back, just accept what circumstance and chance has made you - "AMERICAN". In fact, embrace it ["American"] with a jealous zeal, never to speak the [full] name AFRICAN again.
Excuse my rambling... but, seriously...
When Did Black People Give Up The Right To Be "AFRICAN"?