Personally, I don't think the Diaspora has that kind of power or even will.<quoted text>
Thanks for clarifying this Dkanela. Imagine if Diaspora would unite around Africa, the change they would bring about on the continent!
Africans are going to have to unify themselves. Waiting, wanting, or thinking Diasporans will or even can unify you, I feel, is naive.
Everybody seems to think that AA's are the most powerful diasporan group.
Well, among AA's, there is relatively little unity. You see more unity among African immigrants and even Caribbean immigrants than AA's who've been here since the beginning.
Just take my city for example:
Oakland, and probably the Bay Area at large, has a higher proportion of high-income earning and educated Blacks than most cities in the US, including LA, Atlanta, and New York.
The only region that really has us beat is DC.
Yet, even with this, there are very few Black owned businesses here. There are practically no Black business districts. No Black owned' schools.
Blacks here are pretty much just like all the other Blacks around the country, which is to say, they are at the bottom of the economic ladder, and the most likely to commit crime/violence, etc.
There is no real "Black consciousness" here. You don't see too much white butt-kissin', except if you go to more "integrated" areas like Berkeley or Alameda, but you still don't see any real progress, and many Blacks are moving out of the bay, sometimes to move to less expensive suburbs, and sometimes to move out of the state, usually to the south, thinking there will be greater job opportunities.
Meanwhile, you have Asians, Hispanics, and even immigrants from Ethiopia/Eritrea coming here and starting businesses.
Their population is growing while AA's is sinking.
I don't see what the point would be in expecting Diasporans to unify Africans.
You all seem much more united than we do from where I'm standing, unless of course, you were referring to non-AA's.