Don’t be offended…
One of the primary tactics European imperialism has used to seize and maintain it’s grip on the wealth of the world is also one of the oldest, easiest and most effective means of victory in any form of warfare. Divide and conquer. It is the reason you, an African, are not in
“Akátá” is a term used primarily by African people to refer to “African Americans”. Its origin is with the Yoruba people of
Tensions between “Akatas” and Africans in this country have worsened since the upsurge of African immigration here in the ‘80s, but were always there. And they remain tense, in some circles. Why? Everybody knows the answer to this one. All the Africans shout, “because Akatas are lazy!” All the African Americans shout, “Because Africans think they’re better than us!” So who’s right? Remember that this division is a tactic used by someone not party to either of these groups. This outside party is greatly benefiting from the use of this tactic. It allows them to dominate the natural resources and minds of both peoples. Remember that the reason so many Americans have a false impression of
You may be asking what it benefits European imperialism to set Africans and African Americans against each other. The fear that if we all one day woke up and realized that we were of the same history—before them—and started mobilizing against them, that the state of the world would be transformed completely, would be reason enough. The day of a world in which all Black peoples are united as one is not the day that the world is controlled by Europeans. It is not the day that you have to leave your country to find “better opportunities” and a “better life” abroad. It is not a day in which millions of Africans are dying in tribal wars. Take that to the bank.
Kunta Kinte is an African who was taken from the “
Is anyone asking how those white men who captured Kunta Kinte were able to reach the woods where he was? Is it safe to say that he probably was not the first African that these white men encountered? If so, we can conclude that someone allowed them to get inland. Obviously, these slave catchers did not live in
We don’t know exactly what happened to Kunta’s brothers. Possibly they remained behind in
A young Black man living in The Gambia, or Mandinique, today is likely very different from a young Black man living in
So if you are my sister, and I move away from you, start a family in a new land, are we any less sisters? Are our children any less family? Are their children any less both of our grand children? Five hundred years from now, no matter where our children are, no matter what they look like or what they do, we are no less sisters. They are no less family, by virtue of the blood running through our veins. So why should they be divided? True, they may not know each other, but keeping in mind that they share this common history would keep them mentally bonded with each other. As, if you today met someone on the street with whom you become friends, and then down the line find out that your she is the niece of your Great Great Uncle’s first born’s grandchild. This fact alone would not turn you into best friends, but it would underline your bond. If you are from a polygamous home, you know that your half-siblings may not be the closest to you, but they are still family.
If two people apply for a job today—in the U.S.—one of them African, one African American, we all know who the employer is usually likely to prefer, depending upon the position. If he needs someone who will work hard, go above and beyond, kiss his behind a little, he is likely to go with the African. However, if the job is not that hard, he doesn’t understand people with accents, or he is a serious “Americanist”, he may go with the African American. Most times, he will go with the African. Be honest. This alone should be enough to stir up some tension.
If you are an African American and you are graduating anything, your entire family, all three generations, are likely to show up to cheer you on. If you are an African, you’re lucky if your parents show up. They are probably not in the country. You’re probably at the top of your class, too. Too bad. To the African American parent, this is an achievement. To the African parent, this is an expectation. In the classroom, the African students have the reputation of being “smart”, nerdy, maybe even brown-nosers. The African American students are thought to be the loud underachievers. Be honest.
Many African parents who raise their children in the Diaspora would prefer that—if not someone from their nation—their children marry off to a white husband or wife rather than an African American. Why is this?
It is necessary that if we are to progress as a people, rather than denying, ignoring or upholding the differences between us, resulting from five hundred years of violent separation and infinite division, that we address them. What is the number one issue that Africans have with African Americans? Simple. By [fresh-off-the-boat] African standards, they are disrespectful. Very close seconds are that by fresh-off-the-boat African standards, they lack identity and, by fresh-off-the-boat African standards, they are lazy. What is the number one issue that African Americans hold against Africans? We are stuck up. Very stuck up. We think we are better than African Americans and are not afraid to show it. Are we? Does it matter? Granted, Africans here hold onto some form of identity because we still have close ties with home. We may speak the language, wear the dress, practice the customs. The intactness of our identity gives us a power, confidence, conviction that African Americans—and other Diasporic Africans—lack in that aspect.