Friday Question: Do African Americans care about what is going on in Africa?

In light of the famine, civil war, genocide, food shortages, and civil/political instability on the mother continent I raise this question”

Do African Americans care about what is going on in Africa? If you feel that the answer is yes, please note how we show that we care.

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5 Responses to Friday Question: Do African Americans care about what is going on in Africa?

  1. c

    Generally speaking, i don’t think so, the reasons being:

    -Blacks in America are still trying to overcome racism and privilege here at home.
    -being Americans, there is not much inclination to look beyond America. Most Americans are this way, not knowing where another country is unless we’re bombing it or they’ve something we want but won’t give it to us.

    i do know of several people who are very concerned with the issues on the continent of Africa and are actively participating in movements to make us aware and concerned. There are missionaries, writers, bloggers, doctors- here and abroad- that work to make us aware of the perils in Africa.

  2. olu

    Despite it being in their best interest, African Americans don’t care about Africa. Just about every voluntary immigrant group that has come to america, is doing well. Japanese, Korean, Trinidadian, Nigerian, Lebanese, etc. No need to mention the european immigrants because that stands to reason. In part, because they have a recognized homeland and culture. Until African americans accept that their universal destiny is bound to Africa, they will never grow beyond their present status. Just consider the $600 billion African americans consume annually. If any of them had any good sense they would seek out business partnerships with like minded brothers ans sisters on the continent. But, of course, the African american mentality is that “they don’t like us over there.” Which might be why they don’t care. Common divide and conquer. What we need a grassroots movement to connect African americans with brothers and sisters back home. A social, technological, spiritual, commercial, economic, educational African Diaspora Renaissance is in order. We African Americans need to recognize, embrace, digest, love, connect to, manifest, benefit from, and heal our Mother Africa.

  3. This is an interesting question…

    I think that blacks generally feel some type of sympathy, but merely because they are just being human. I think that we already have a lot on our plate here at home as it is; I guess we care but as far as being concerned… well, I guess you catch my drift.

    I’m not saying it’s right but from what I can see, that’s just the way it is.

  4. msday

    “What we need a grassroots movement to connect African americans with brothers and sisters back home. ”
    Our black ancestors left that continent over 400 hundred years ago. We have managed to cultivate a culture that has influenced the world. Sometimes, we are taught to have an implied solidarity with Africans and other blacks abroad. However, once one moves to another country and interacts with these other blacks, one will soon find out that solidarity is worthless and unless you want your feelings hurt, you need to drop it. I currently live in Europe, I was raised in New York to have that solidarity. However, after learning that “Africans” are selling their young women and children into prostitution to be used by white European men, I look back to the supposed “lies”. Many black people claim that “our people” were not sold into slavery by warring tribes. How can one prove it not to be so, when it is still happening every day? When one walks abroad and greet an African as ,”sister, or brother”, they look at you as if you are crazy, especially if they don’t realize you are “black”. Yes, there are many Africans who don’t like black Americans. They say that we are loud, rude, not intelligent, don’t take advantage of opportunities, etc. Yet, they constantly try to imitate our style in Music, fashion, and just our way of being. We are Americans. A community of people who descend from people who survived the middle passage, mixed with other cultures and created greatness. There is nothing like a black American and until we take care of our OWN community, we will never realize our full potential. Africa is no longer an issue as far as I am concerned.

  5. buena717

    good point! My people, my people, there are many travesties with Africans in America and abroad…. may we each take constructive measures at resolving the issues hurting us in the US, and anywhere on the planet… Amen!

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