Why don't African Americans like Africa?

Why don't African Americans like Africa?

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AfriQueen

United States

#1 Jan 24, 2008
I am an African but I grew up in the US. I remember that many of the African Americans I encountered always made negative comments about Africa such as: "Africans walk around naked."
Very few that I met embraced their African ancestry.
I also found out that most Africans Americans do not care to know what is going on in Africa. For example, I have been trying to inform ppl about the link between western exploitation of mineral resources in Africa and how that is driving wars. It is mostly white Americans who are interested in learning more.
Why is that?

AfrQueen
http://congovoices.blogspot.com
wonder2world

Adelanto, CA

#2 Jan 24, 2008
GIRL AA DO LOVE AFRICA AND AFRICANS ....'

PEACE!

“glorified work permit”

Level 1

Since: Jul 07

Toronto

#3 Jan 24, 2008
lol too many white people there.

“aswad rajul min amerika”

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#5 Jan 24, 2008
AfriQueen wrote:
I am an African but I grew up in the US. I remember that many of the African Americans I encountered always made negative comments about Africa such as: "Africans walk around naked."
Very few that I met embraced their African ancestry.
I also found out that most Africans Americans do not care to know what is going on in Africa. For example, I have been trying to inform ppl about the link between western exploitation of mineral resources in Africa and how that is driving wars. It is mostly white Americans who are interested in learning more.
Why is that?
AfrQueen
http://congovoices.blogspot.com
Many AA and other blacks have never been to Africa and many have only heard negative stuff about Africa. The media only shows
the africans in the bush/jungles, they don't show the huge cities and they don't talk about the empires of the past. people in America are impatient they don't have time to investigate Africa.
But most black muslims in America are more informed about Africa than the other AA. So you should concentrate on talking to Muslims, we are the AA who care about Africa.
Anna

United States

#6 Jan 24, 2008
Why? Because, many blacks are more concerned with white acceptance rather than black unity.
Ray

AOL

#7 Jan 24, 2008
Anna wrote:
Why? Because, many blacks are more concerned with white acceptance rather than black unity.
Whites have that same problem-too concerned about black acceptance rather than white unity.

Since: Jan 08

Kimberley, South Africa

#8 Jan 25, 2008
Dianne Heath wrote:
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ummm white people could get a shit about Africa, I am very concerned with Africa and yesterday i went to this meeting, Advocacy for Human Rights, and during the meeting the leader told us to read about how rape is being used as torture. The white girls pick it up and start reading it then suddenly they don't care anymore having conversations about this and that...just totally ignored the suffering this article was talking about. If white people care then why is the UN stepping back, and those white kids that are "raising awareness" just need something good to put on their resumesWe may act like this towards Africa, but it's your own fault for acting like you are all that. Originally we thought you all were awesome and needed a sense of identity so we were proud to claim the motherland. However you all come here thinking you all were better African that us, didn't care to connect us back to our roots or teach us anything, and just like you are upholding white supremacy. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!
I think ur statement is fair in saying Africans which where born there think they are more African then you are. No one is denying your roots, no one is prohibiting you from learning more, visiting or even comming to live here, but still we've been blessed to experience Africa in a different way then you for the mere fact that we were born here, grew up here and were formed in our way of thinking, dreaming and ideas. Meaning you still have alot to learn. Being African is not about the colour of your skin. It's about who you are and just because you had a different idea of who we are than as opposed to who we should be according to you doesn't give you the right to judge harshly. I take it you have never even been here, just from the statements your are making. We got over ourselves along time ago my dear, there is no such thing as white supremecy...Look at South Africa. I think its time for you to get over yourself, come visit and learn what it means to be a true African
nickie

Fort Worth, TX

#9 Jan 25, 2008
Dianne Heath wrote:
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ummm white people could get a shit about Africa, I am very concerned with Africa and yesterday i went to this meeting, Advocacy for Human Rights, and during the meeting the leader told us to read about how rape is being used as torture. The white girls pick it up and start reading it then suddenly they don't care anymore having conversations about this and that...just totally ignored the suffering this article was talking about. If white people care then why is the UN stepping back, and those white kids that are "raising awareness" just need something good to put on their resumesWe may act like this towards Africa, but it's your own fault for acting like you are all that. Originally we thought you all were awesome and needed a sense of identity so we were proud to claim the motherland. However you all come here thinking you all were better African that us, didn't care to connect us back to our roots or teach us anything, and just like you are upholding white supremacy. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!
Please don't tell me that white people aren't concerned about Africa. I and all my family often donate there.
The UN, and the governments may not care as much as they should, but don't put that down to the individual white person.
Look at the people that go over and help refugees, setting up camps, providing medicine and doctors...the majorty of them are white people not African Amerians.
We do care...it's just that it's so out of our hands to creat peace there in small numbers.
IF only the governments would get off there backsides...because this isn't one or two countries were're talking about...it's about a whole continent.
I teach my children alittle about how awful things have become in Darfur...not so they can feel better about their lives, but so they are aware and feel the need to tell their friends...genocide should not be ignored.
My children have asked what can they do, and they've put up a Darfur video on their bebo accounts, so the people that visit know about it, my children don't have a resume .. just a heart.

Since: Jan 08

Kimberley, South Africa

#10 Jan 25, 2008
nickie wrote:
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Please don't tell me that white people aren't concerned about Africa. I and all my family often donate there.
The UN, and the governments may not care as much as they should, but don't put that down to the individual white person.
Look at the people that go over and help refugees, setting up camps, providing medicine and doctors...the majorty of them are white
people not African Amerians.

We do care...it's just that it's so out of our hands to creat peace there in small numbers.
IF only the governments would get off there backsides...because this isn't one or two countries were're talking about...it's about a whole continent.
I teach my children alittle about how awful things have become in Darfur...not so they can feel better about their lives, but so they are aware and feel the need to tell their friends...genocide should not be ignored.
My children have asked what can they do, and they've put up a Darfur video on their bebo accounts, so the people that visit know about it, my children don't have a resume .. just a heart.
Good for you! We need people like you here. Believe me when you need help, you don't look at the person's skin color who's providing the help! Peace

“Concrete Rose”

Since: Dec 07

St Louis, MO

#12 Jan 25, 2008
Africa, where is that? Is that in Asia? Just kidding.

“iM THE TRUTH ... Y WULD i LiE ”

Since: Sep 07

kENYAN.BORN.TEXAS.MADE

#14 Jan 25, 2008
I care about africa..but i might not count

because i am african

btw..can ya'll please keep Kenya in your prayers

whats happening to my people over there just

aint right

“Concrete Rose”

Since: Dec 07

St Louis, MO

#16 Jan 25, 2008
thelastshallbeFirst wrote:
<quoted text>is that you proped up on your avatar like you want some penatration? see,you tellus men not to look at you like sex objects but you make us.
No, it's not..but the real me is cool too. Goodness, I'm married, not dead.

Since: Dec 07

Chesterfield, MO

#17 Jan 25, 2008
Black Beauty 08 wrote:
I care about africa..but i might not count
because i am african
btw..can ya'll please keep Kenya in your prayers
whats happening to my people over there just
aint right
I am the same as you because i am African as well so i may not count, and even though i am Nigerian i am as well praying for the people in Kenya.

“iM THE TRUTH ... Y WULD i LiE ”

Since: Sep 07

kENYAN.BORN.TEXAS.MADE

#18 Jan 25, 2008
Proud 5 percenter wrote:
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I am the same as you because i am African as well so i may not count, and even though i am Nigerian i am as well praying for the people in Kenya.
thank you
..........
whats going on over there is rediculous

nobody can help them, and it seems like

they dont know how to help themselves

“changing times”

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#19 Jan 25, 2008
I feel the same way too. I don’t see AAs trying to know Africans and Africa better. I don’t even think they care and that hurts me. I don’t blame them for seeing us all poor and starving ppl cuz it is all about the media. I found most Africans stereotyping aa cuz of what the media says so it goes both way. Them being stereotype concern me even if am not aa but i don’t see them being concern for us. They make fun on how they live.

What bothers me the most is seeing white ppl trying to help black ppl in Africa, seeing white ppl trying to know more about Africans but not the black ppl.

For African, we Africans are #1 responsible to deal with our ppl problem. We should not wait for them to come and help us. We should be doing our thing. A and whites will never care the same way us we do.AA should care more about African more than whites do

“changing times”

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#20 Jan 25, 2008
please keep Kenya and Dafure in your prayers
Savant

AOL

#25 Jan 25, 2008
AfriQueen wrote:
I am an African but I grew up in the US. I remember that many of the African Americans I encountered always made negative comments about Africa such as: "Africans walk around naked."
Very few that I met embraced their African ancestry.
I also found out that most Africans Americans do not care to know what is going on in Africa. For example, I have been trying to inform ppl about the link between western exploitation of mineral resources in Africa and how that is driving wars. It is mostly white Americans who are interested in learning more.
Why is that?
AfrQueen
http://congovoices.blogspot.com
Actually, there is a variety of attitudes among African-Americans about the land of our ancestors. The attitude that you mention does it exist because many African-Americans are mentally colonized by the dominant white culture which is--and I don't care who objects to my saying it--deeply and profoundly racist. African-Americans used to watch those old Tarzan movies too, and it's absurd to think this had no effect.
Yet, there's a strain of thought and sentiment among African-Americans that is pro-African--even Pan-African. In the 1970s & 80s, thousands of black American students mobilized against apartheid and other forms of white settler colonialism. And Pan-Africanism has had an influence among American Blacks since the days of W.E.B. Du Bois or Marcus Garvey.
I, as a student, personally became an activist in the Free South Africa movement here in 1980s.
So, our thinking is not one dimensional.

“Concrete Rose”

Since: Dec 07

St Louis, MO

#26 Jan 25, 2008
i change wrote:
I feel the same way too. I don’t see AAs trying to know Africans and Africa better. I don’t even think they care and that hurts me. I don’t blame them for seeing us all poor and starving ppl cuz it is all about the media. I found most Africans stereotyping aa cuz of what the media says so it goes both way. Them being stereotype concern me even if am not aa but i don’t see them being concern for us. They make fun on how they live.
What bothers me the most is seeing white ppl trying to help black ppl in Africa, seeing white ppl trying to know more about Africans but not the black ppl.
For African, we Africans are #1 responsible to deal with our ppl problem. We should not wait for them to come and help us. We should be doing our thing. A and whites will never care the same way us we do.AA should care more about African more than whites do
I agree w/your post to a certain extent. The average AA probably knows little about Africa and is probably just concerned w/his or her own condition here in the US. But, AA's made a HUGE impact on bringing awareness to the issue of apartheid back in the 90's. AA college students marched and protested about it and it was all over TV. It was an issue I think that AA's could relate to. Also, a popular AA actor, Don Cheadle, has brought MUCH awareness to the issue of Darfur, more so than any other person that I have seen in the media. Another thing, when the Ethiopian famine occured back in the 80's, my mother said that MANY AA college students were so shocked at the whole scene that awareness and donations were brought to attention. I really don't think a lot of AA's even know where to begin w/learning about Africa, since they believe that they came from many African tribes and are mixed w/Native Americans and Europeans..and also..many West Africans that come here..don't seem to like AA's-that may be why there is little interest also..I don't know.
Savant

AOL

#27 Jan 25, 2008
Michelle Kia wrote:
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I agree w/your post to a certain extent. The average AA probably knows little about Africa and is probably just concerned w/his or her own condition here in the US. But, AA's made a HUGE impact on bringing awareness to the issue of apartheid back in the 90's. AA college students marched and protested about it and it was all over TV. It was an issue I think that AA's could relate to. Also, a popular AA actor, Don Cheadle, has brought MUCH awareness to the issue of Darfur, more so than any other person that I have seen in the media. Another thing, when the Ethiopian famine occured back in the 80's, my mother said that MANY AA college students were so shocked at the whole scene that awareness and donations were brought to attention. I really don't think a lot of AA's even know where to begin w/learning about Africa, since they believe that they came from many African tribes and are mixed w/Native Americans and Europeans..and also..many West Africans that come here..don't seem to like AA's-that may be why there is little interest also..I don't know.
I was part of the anti-apartheid movement in the USA myself. When I completed my studies at VAnderbilt in the late 1980s, I became part of groups of teachers, writers and activists who tried to mobilize public awareness about the fascistic Apartheid regime.
When I was in France, which has a sizeable black population, I found Africans who were curious about Black Americans and our attitudes towards Africa and the struggle in South Africa.
A number of churches and civic groups took up the cause also.
It's a question of education. If we want our sisters and brothers here to be aware of Africa and her struggles, then we must inform them.

“changing times”

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#28 Jan 25, 2008
Michelle Kia wrote:
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No, it's not..but the real me is cool too. Goodness, I'm married, not dead.
I think he likes u

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