Interesting post Savant.<quoted text>
Most African-Americans direct their anger at white Americans, in both progressive and not-so-progressive ways. But not mainly at white Brits. It is our own compatriots who have made life a living hell for 355 years.
Some African-Americans see Europe (UK included) as a better place than the USA. W.E.B. Du Bois in Germany, Paul Robeson in England, and Richard in France, believed they witnessesd societies freer and more tolerant than the USA. Not only our AA intellectuals (such as the previously mentioned gentlemen), but even ordinary AA folk who been to Europe during militay service often saw those countries ss more livable than their own. My Uncle Oscar,who's now very old and fought at Normandy, almost decided never to leave France. I also found France less of a racial burden than the USA. My experince would have been different, however, if I were a North African or Francphone Black.
However, some African Americans (like Du Bois, Robeson and others) also saw Europe as a tyrannical power colonizing and pillaging Africa and other lands of color. And they've recalled that most American whites are descendants of people from UK and continental Europe. Europe is known for the Atlantic slave trade and colonialism. So, ther are many AA folk who share the sentiments expressed by Frantz Fanon: "Leave this Euroope where they are never done talking about Man but kill men wherever they find them, on th corner of every one of their streets, and on every corner of the globe." (Quotation almost exact).
But UK is not often the main target of AA anger.
I cant fully remember all history I learnt in school but we read books and articles by Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T Washington and this other guy who was a trade unionist in the 30s.
Some of it was quite interesting.
My Grandmother (German) told me the first American soldier she saw after the invasion was a massive African American who came into their cellar while they were hiding. She was told to cover up because blacks were viewed as rapists and such. But apparently he just gave them chocolates and chewing gum.