I am proud to be an African American Female with a father who grew up sharecropping and VERY poor. My mother grew up in a family with a mother who cleaned houses and a father who worked for the railroad and later for a wrecker company. Needless to say, hard work was not foreign to them. No they did not shovel the speech of the “work hard and you can be whatever you want to be because it is the American Dream.” They did tell all nine of us that if we put and kept God first, worked hard and remained respectful, we will be able to endure anything. Family history has been and will always be extremely important to me but African history was not pushed during my childhood. Some may think that was a bad thing, but it was not bad for me. They did stress education so naturally African American history was an unspoken MUST on Life’s syllabus of knowledge. Where am I going with this? I’m glad you asked.
Through the years my parents worked hard to create a home for themselves and their nine children. They invested time and prayer into their grandchildren. They dedicated their lives to nurturing whomever they encountered, regardless the age of the individual. These are the things that I have striven to continue and teach my son and those around me. I love my home, neighbors, and neighborhood. I HAVE NO INTENTION OF MOVING . . . ANYWHERE!!! There are some who have said that because of “IQ45″, moving to Africa should be considered. I don’t want to go. DOES THIS MAKE ME ANY LESS BLACK? AM I DISRESPECTING MY HERITAGE? Some may say yes and that is fine. If they want to go, safe travels is my wish for them. As for me, this is where I was born and raised. I appreciate the freedoms that I. I am advocating for what I, and my neighbors, are entitled to in our community. Again, Does not wanting to move to Africa make me any less black?”
The Black Star Line (1919-1923) was “a steamship corporation established in 1919 by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey, the leader of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). The name, inspired by a British luxury steamship line called the White Star Line, was applied to a highly ambitious and ultimately mismanaged corporation. Similarly to the UNIA’s Negro Factories Corporation, the BSL was part of a larger effort on the part of Garvey to encourage black self-determination and economic independence. Garvey saw that blacks across the globe were largely being exploited and left out of the global economy. The BSL would partly remedy that situation by facilitating the shipment of goods amongst the far-flung people of the African Diaspora, thereby fostering the growth of a self-reliant and resilient global black economy. The BSL would also transport emigrants to Africa for the establishment of a black nation-state.”
Self-determination and economic independence. Self reliance and resiliency. Those are attributes that my father and mother instilled in us. These are attributes that should be possessed by EVERY human being regardless of creed or ethnicity.
So if you are moving to Africa to get away from “IQ45”, you are moving for the wrong reasons. There may be some Africans who don’t you to come to their continent. If you are considering the move to be in an environment simply to have more people that look like you in charge, I would admonish you to do your research. White people do not have the corner market on evil dealings in government.
I love being who I am and that will never change. I love my African American heritage as well as my African Heritage. I can celebrate them all and still live in the United States. This is just my view.
2 thoughts on “Funkadelic Friday: “DOES IT MAKE ME ANY LESS BLACK?””
I want to address the question you put in the title of this blog directly. Absolutely not! If the “ruler” demarking blackness hinges on a deep seeded desire to live, work and play full time on the African continent, that would be in a word, “ridiculous”.
However, I am one of those people who if the right opportunity were to present itself would happily leave these United States (perhaps for a time, perhaps on a more permanent basis) and reposition my life in an African nation. Here are some of my reasons:
1. I love adventure and the thought of living in a new place is exciting to me. You have the opportunity to learn new things and share your culture with others.
2. Africa is a special place full of amazing people and the genesis of our human race. I think everyone who can should “return home” because I think it would affect a much needed change in the hearts of a great many people. (I am referencing our earthly home, just to be clear.)
3. An African American who chooses to leave the U.S. to live in Europe is not labeled as being someone who is abandoning their American heritage in favor of Europe. Why does that sentiment change when the continental destination shifts? Think about it.
4. There are some amazing opportunities to explore in many African nations that are in need of high skilled workers. Some of the opportunities might surprise many Americans. http://www.careersinafrica.com/
Finally, we live in a great big world full of opportunities to bless others. I am no more going to make a work/life change choice as big as moving countries on the basis of one person. Honestly, I know very few people who really would do that. I think that is how the social media conversation gets framed. I do believe that we are staring in the face a new possibility of a significant increase in brain drain happening from the U.S. to both Africa and Asia that may be accelerated by current events. But the real emphasis for young talent leaving the U.S. is going to be in line with what those folks perceive as places that will afford them the best opportunity. Folks are a lot less hesitant to consider opportunities outside of the U.S. these days.
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