– African American is a culture, just as my shirt says. I do indeed believe it. Now I understand that some people as descendants of African
slaves brought to America do not care to identify
as African American. Even how we cohesively identify as a ethnic group is up for debate and that’s a whole ‘nother conversation and probably another worthy
video topic on it’s own, but for the ease of this discussion, I’m going to stick with African American. So let’s get into how African American is indeed a beautiful
ethnicity and culture that has been co-opted, appropriated, and commodified to the
point that we have been left with no sacred space allowing us to be the gatekeepers of any
aspects of our own culture. And this is what has
bubbled over into a sort of resentment that either
leaves us feeling less than, and unfortunately has also fueled discriminatory rhetoric from all sides of the African diaspora. Hey guys, I’m Jouelzy. If you are new here, please subscribe because whether you like it, love it, or don’t agree at all, this is about encouraging
a critical dialogue. So join in and comment along respectfully. Thumbs up ’cause it helps with engagement. In a previous video about did
Africans sell us into slavery I refrained that I had
heard across social media and thought, well I thought. It would be a good point to dig into a more productive
conversation from a silly diaspora wars Twitter likes to take on. Cause the real point of
the conversation was how slavery devastated all
sides of the diaspora. You know, I opened that
video by explaining why I wanted to address
this train of thought, that we probably don’t hear in real life but has been said on the internet. Because I will always push back against xenophobia from anyone and everyone. And this Africans sold us message was being used to push
anti-immigrant sentiments, fueling xenophobia from the
African American community or a slice, a sliver of the
African American community. And dear lord did that
20 seconds of a 12 minute video entirely derail
the comments section. I was accused of being up African’s ass. How the hell she live in Houston and not see how Nigerians
are xenophobic to us? She doesn’t know that we’re just trying to carve out a space for ourselves. She doesn’t know that we’re just trying to preserve our culture because
they keep us out of theirs. And since… Hello. I’m African American. Proudly. I love my history, and my culture, and I’m still not effing with any sort of discrimination, bigotry, or xenophobia. Though I understand why a
movement around resentment towards African immigrants
and the supposed preservation of our culture can be a
thing, unfortunately so. However, understanding is
not approval, and there’s a much more productive
conversation we can be having that does not rest its
laurels on dominating another group or pushing
out any sort of anti rhetoric towards any community. So let us discuss, here. African American culture
has never had the space to hold a piece of itself as sacred. What I mean is, in the way that other communities and cultures can say, you cannot do that, or at the very least, you cannot do that without me bringing you into the fold because
you’re not from here. We don’t seem to have that
same cultural privilege. For instance, Yvonne Orji, who is Nigerian and plays Molly on
Insecure, had a Nigerian night of excellence celebration. Obviously she honored other Nigerians who are doing notable things in America. The defining eligibility that you had to be of Nigerian descent. On the flip though,
Yvonne has participated in the ESSENCE Black
Women in Hollywood dinner. ESSENCE being a distinct cultural marker of African American
history through the years, and the dinner was honoring black women breaking barriers in film. It makes sense that she was participating, I don’t have an issue with that, but I don’t have any comparable
offering where I can say an African American can
host an African American night of excellence that does not include black people of other descents, from other parts of the diaspora. This is absolutely not a function of immigrants taking our place, cause I’m not attacking the person here. This is gonna get us absolutely nowhere. We have to look at the systems, plural, that are at play here because the system is always a function of white supremacist imperialism and capitalism. Now, we’re keeping it basic, so if we take it back
to this award dinner, this African American night of excellence. How do we set the eligibility rules of who could even be honored,
who could participate. And I doubt that in 2018
we’re at a point yet where we’re questioning who gets
to identify as Nigerian. We’re on our way there. We’re not there yet. Immigration en masse to America started within our parents generation, so at most you have
pretty insular communities that can go back maybe two, three if we bein’ nice, generations. Contrastly, African Americans, a community that’s been in America
since like the 1600s, can we just say your
parents have to be black? Historically, proximity
to European phenotypes has pushed a swath of light-skinned, mixed-race black people
to the upper echelon, to the top, to the forefront. Are we supposed to keep them out? And before you think to say yes, remember that none of us are consistent with who we say can be black, we’re never consistent
with our phenotyping. Someone like a Nikole Hannah-Jones, who has covered racial
segregation in schools landing her a MacArthur Genius award, her identifying as black has happened without much fanfare, even
though she has a white mother. Barack… I’m not gonna veer too far off-topic here. How much a person has invested
in the black community and who they partner
with can greatly shape whether we see them as black or not. And to stay on topic, what if a person has two or three mixed-race grandparents, landing them at technically less than 50%, even though they present as black. What if someone has a set of grandparents from the Caribbean, but
they have no correlation to that culture because
you were raised as black. And honestly, you would be
surprised at how common that is. There has been a migration of Caribbean migrant workers up and
down the Eastern coastline where dense black populations exist, since white men were allowed
to own us as chattel. Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican, Stokely Carmichael was Trinidadian. Plenty of us don’t even
know much about our grandparents’ personal lives to tell you where they were born at
or where they came from. We just know where they settled, and so who’s gonna do
all this verification to say this is how we
particularly identify who gets to claim to be African American, who gets to claim to be
a part of our ethnicity. I said before, the power of
language is not on our side when it comes to talking
about race in America. When we start these conversations, do we all even understand
that black is a race, African American is an ethnicity, American is a nationality. Then we have Black American, which one could argue is
absolutely a nationality, and maybe a burgeoning,
reshaping ethnicity unto itself. And as much as you might want to claim it only for descendants of
African slaves in America, bruh, what is America? Because technically, North
America is the Caribbean. And Central America. What we doin’ here? Black America is typically
used for the shared experience of being black in
America, generally speaking. This is complicated because there are many nuances I want to acknowledge, but even with the simplicity
of looking at how we would host a celebratory award
dinner for African Americans, if we wanted to make a sacred space for our culture and ethnicity, how are we defining
those guidelines in a way that’s consistent and
universally applicable? How do we define those guidelines without tailspinning into a constant point of frustration and arguments
amongst ourselves? I wholeheartedly
understand the frustration of watching other cultures
come over and have easy access to partake in our culture. That is not a two-way street at all. Particularities of how immigration functions with African nations, and colonialism and
imperialism and all that, leads us to the derision
between the most populous African immigrant community in America, Nigerians, and African Americans. Because what we’re talking about when we claim to be preserving our culture or carving out a sacred space for us, is entangled with classism
and economic frustrations. So yes, even for me,
it’s interesting to watch Nigerians take over a chapter, well really, the whole entire frat, but to see them take over
a chapter of the first African American
fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, which is a bastion of
African American culture that’s derived from the Divine Nine and their history in our community. But to see them take it over
while still holding onto xenophobic beliefs
against African Americans, I have more than my fair
share of conversations, particularly in Houston,
with folks about how you cannot think that your
culture is better than mine, particularly when you are participating in and befitting from my culture. We are both cute, we both good, and if you believe all that, why would you pledge in the first place? We welcomed you into an elite
function of our culture, so don’t turn your nose up now. But there are ways for both of us to be proud about our culture
and respect our culture, and because you’re participating in it, you do have obligation
to learn the history. Like, how you pledge anyway? Hmm. I really want us to get
away from this belief that anyone is taking up space, because we should not be fighting to keep the spaces and the
accesses in this country so narrow that a less
than 3% representation, whether it’s in colleges,
in the classrooms, boardrooms or wherever, leaves us pointing to each other like, why are you taking up my spot? When the question should be why are there so few spots to begin with? How does your institution
participate and profit from slavery but not invest in providing equity for the communities you pillage? It’s not that you are concerned with the amount of immigrants
that are at a college, you should be concerned with why these institutions and these
systems that benefited from our community are not in turn going back into the community that they benefit from to provide equity. Why isn’t this space wider,
why isn’t it more open, why are you, the system,
not doing the work? Because truthfully, there’s enough money, there’s enough space for
all of us to coexist, but we all gotta acknowledge
that this country’s been built on policy and infrastructure, purposefully stifles the black community. That ain’t near none black person’s fault. It’s the colonizer’s
fault, it’s the government, it’s the system, it’s the
institutions that exist. Let’s get away from focusing
so much on immigrants, because even if there were no
immigrants in this country, this would not absolve the issue of co-opting and commodifying our culture to the point where we
can’t hold any of it sacred because what are white people? The colonizer. Even aside from white people,
there is a wrongly-held shame from some of us
who believe that we are less than because our
ancestors were slaves. We don’t feel validated
because we don’t have a name for the ethnicity that
feels distinct to us. And I get it, it’s not fun. Several times I’ve had a
North African say to me that they’re more African
than I am so they should be calling themselves
African American, not me, and I’m just like, (speaks
in foreign language) Move on, not entertaining the BS. For many of us that have never
traveled out of the country, it is common to not see ourselves or be comfortable with
calling ourselves American. Cause that conjures up
images of whiteness, that don’t represent ourselves. We then have no attachment to Africa, which is why you get this pushback against the terminology African American. We want a nomenclature
that’s as distinctive as Zulu or Kikuyu or Fulani, but we stick with black cause that’s the closest thing we have. But because nothing can be distinctive if it doesn’t come with an etymology that traces back to before the white man, 1432. That Jesse Jackson campaigned for this term in the 1980s makes some of us feel like
dag, this is not authentic. There’s definitely this
air that because our culture coalesced largely in the 1900s, it is somehow too new to be validated. We are not the only community
to have our culture co-opted, just ask Native Americans, Mexicans. Hell, Jamaicans. It’s just that particularly
for Jamaicans, they have the benefit of being from a
black-majority country. Where our language and
manner of speech is looked down upon because we live
in a white-majority society, black-majority society
can see a sort of pidgin or whatever non-English
language flourish as a way of building up a society, unlike
our options in America. But that in and of itself
only goes but so far, because white supremacy will
always rear its ugly head, and they will nip that in the bud. But it gives a veneer of them
having a stronger culture because there’s more of a unified language that they share amongst each other. So we just have to understand
what we’re actually looking at when we’re comparing
our cultures to others. There is a lot of African American history and culture to be proud of. Jumping the broom, eating
black-eyed peas on New Year’s hanging glass on branches, Earth Wind & Fire and HBCU marching bands. Black liberation, black feminism, mysticism and afro-futurism. Twinkie Clark and the
Church of God in Christ! AME, AME Zion, black baptists, the uniqueness of the black church. We may not have many
ceremonies, gods or chieftains, but we have a culture and
we can hold onto it by respecting it, by learning its history, and by not expending our
energy to attack individuals. Because when we attack individuals, there’s no way for us to
even begin to be consistent. We’re just gonna find ourselves on hamster wheels of
never-ending frustration, that largely leads us nowhere. It ain’t makin’ us no money, it ain’t benefittin’ our health, it ain’t benefitting our
understanding of our own culture and history, it’s just… Such a waste of time. I know it feels like there’s
no positive resolve here. We come from one of the most influential cultures in the world. Globalism gives everyone access to the cool factors while leaving us with the loneliness of the unique
generational trauma we have to overcome as African Americans. But as other cultures push
representation in the mainstream, as globalism gets a hold of them, as capitalism shifts our cultural practices for marketability, this will, and it already
is becoming an issue for other communities,
we just don’t happen to live in that space to
know or understand firsthand. I’m just gonna keep
pushing that instead of dragging folks on Twitter, fighting the air over random people that really ain’t got nothin’
to do with y’all life, that we focus on learning our history, our culture, and extolling pride within our households and our communities. Learning to love all black people including the poor because they are a very large part of our culture. And not just the Blavity-black folks, not just the folks that
look and have a veneer or sheen of wealth and have
pretty pictures on Instagram or who feed into the same
political ideologies that you do, but really learning to
uplift our whole community and what that looks like. And I promise, I promise,
it will work out for itself. And I’m looking forward to the expansion and the evolution of our culture, especially as more of us
learn the history that precedes us and informs the
steps we take going forward. All right. Thanks for watching! Deuces!

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. So happy this video is going over generally well. Here's other videos I've done on Black history:
    Quick Starter Tips for Learning More About Black Identity/History https://youtu.be/y2p6ApJMh2c
    Blessed to be African American https://youtu.be/mES260MEll4

  2. This whole African American/Black American vs Africans feels very much akin to the Black ppl vs white ppl debate and who is denying what about their past etc etc. The only thing is, in the ethnic debate neither side (in money or power) have no leverage. It’s good to acknowledge the ignorance said by both sides but at the end of the day like Joulzey said the spaces to occupy and coexist are still too small. We CAN work on both strengthening and recognising each individual AA culture bc tbh America is so huge that it might as well be several different countries as well as strengthening the diaspora bc tbh in this day and age when one of us is called a nigger or a nig nog we’re ALL called those terms

  3. When something is held in high esteem, it reaches that status due to it being difficult to obtain. (Think of diamonds or gold).
    I always thought that if EVERY black person, no matter what country, continent, Island that live on, were to build deep space ships, and travel outside the solar system to populate a distant planet. Within months representatives from the white race, would show up suddenly with a big cheesy grin on their face saying how much they missed us, and wanted to know how we were getting along.

  4. You speak so eloquently Joulzey! "…Leaves us pointing to each other like 'why are you taking up my spot?' When the question should be 'why are there so few spots to begin with?'" SPOT ON!

    I know others have said it in the comments, just want to add my affirmation that Nigerians are not the only Africans, there are plenty other African immigrants who don't hold their noses at African American culture. And as a child of Liberian immigrants who was born and raised here in the US, I think I and many of my contemporaries are more knowledgeable of and more connected to African American culture.

    Also, Liberia is an African country settled and founded by freed slaves. So there are those of us who are both native African and Descendants of Slaves. Maybe the conversation could benefit from knowing this part of diasporic history.

  5. African-Americans ain’t African, do your research! African-American is not a landmass so how is it a nationality?

  6. Never seen this channel before. I listened to this on my way to work (ALL the bosses at my job, except ONE is Caucasian, ugh). Needless to say this was a good start to my day. Enjoy Yours! Thanks!

  7. Meanwhile I walked into my local mall where I’ve lived at for 17 years. I wanted my lox retwisted, my mother recommend me a new spot as she has been serviced there. A huge braiding shop sits in the middle of the mall. This african young man who also had locs was the “loctician” declined to do my hair barely speaking English, NEVER gave me eye contact talking about “I don’t know how to do errrr ummm I cannot I don’t do” after his mom the head manager was the one who told me to wait for him to come back from break..my hair is 3c and big locs, which imo is easily manageable to redo. That’s not how black Americans work I thought I was going get a “yesss chile I got you let me see what I can do for you hold up boo” I mean damn son at least know how to speak to your customers if you can’t or don’t want to do my hair why the fuck are you in my neighborhood as an “african braid and loc shop”. UGH random vent .

  8. Very nice piece! But its true black people of any country can come hear and benefit from the black American community. And we get excited to have them. Because for years we didn't know who we were and maybe still trying to find ourselves. But we are coming in our own now. Black American is fine with me. Wouldn't it be great to have a section of the country called (New Africa) you know like (New Mexico).

  9. I feel ya homie, but this video was all over the place. I do believe the title was click bait because you didn't really speak on that too much.

  10. I am Afrikan and I disagree with the idea that Afrikan Americans have no culture. People form a culture from where they live, in fact they have a rich culture that has influenced many. Afrikan Americans went on to build an economy from scratch,making billions of dollars, using a Hip Hop sub culture. North Afrikans are NOT Afrikan and don't get along with Afrikans. Afrikan Americans cannot lose their Afrikan traits, the difference between an Afrikan American and other races in America, including Arabs, can seen clearly.

  11. A very interesting point of view. Also, I'm not so proud of our black history or any history that deal with man in general, its so sad as reported.More lies than truth and lots of exaggeration…

  12. There is a huge problem with social science & forming an argument with the social science lexicon, the lexicon is outdated because race science has been trumped now that the human genome has been mapped. There is no such thing as a Black, White, or Asian race. So using Black 2 id a race is incorrect. And if we refer 2 history, Black was 1st used 2 id descendants of USA chattel slaves. Later Black spread 2 Africa (with Steve Biko & Black Consciousness & Kwame Nkrumah who studied under John Henrik Clark). Also India & Australia-aboriginals labeled themselves the Untouchables & Black Fellows because they was so fund of the Black Panther Party. The idea that u r Black if u have dark skin & course hair is incorrect. Black has everything to do with lineage, history, & science. Black people have been mating amongst themselves 4 over 400 years n the USA, so I’m sure they have created there own genetic marker. U can not verbally debate away a scientific theory, u have 2 do laboratory & field research 2 trump a scientific theory. So 4 now Black as a race is off the table until a scientist does the work to put it back on the table. Black is an ethnicity (an ethnic tribe).

  13. I don't believe your American aborigine sweety. I think your Nigerian fronting, trying to sound like you from here. You can't fool me boo. You just another foreigner'over here trying to tell Us who we and how we should think. So in the words of Alexander O'Neil Your a fake Babe!!

  14. How are there not enough spaces to begin with… How do you think you are better than us when we let you in an elite part of out culture… whew chile

  15. african american culture IS in fact SACRED. you idiots just chose NOT to treat it that way. your ancestors are sacred. no i am not talking about people from africa, although they did come from africa. um tawkin bout dem peoples dat wa on dem plantations in da usa. all over africa you will find africans performing rap, hip-hop, R&B, SOUL, FUNK, HOUSE, GOSPEL, AND JAZZ. sometimes afr americans piss me off because they forget about so much of their culture. even words like boo and bae are old words that the world is treating like they are new and cool. when these are old, seasoned cultural terms, nothing new at all.

  16. This is an amazing video, I learned so much. I’m Mexican (born in the US) and we benefit so much from Black culture yet we are so anti-black. This gave me some points I can discuss with my friends and family. Thank you so much Jouelzy.

  17. I'm a Native Black American. My culture is interwoven with Southeastern Culture. I never considered myself an African-American, I'm not from Africa. The same with native white Americans they don't consider themselves European. My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were born here. My great grandmother was a share cropper, her and her husband bought land, it's passed down to each generation.

    I've visited the Northeastern, Northwest, MidWest and Northeast, black culture is different from region. Down here we still sang Negro Spirituals, my friends in the Northwest never heard any Negro Spirituals. I went to New Orleans, I never knew Bounce Culture existed.

    Black American Culture is diverse.

  18. All black americans, African Americans, or however you identify yourself as a native born black person in America, should buy the Juneteenth flag, and wave it high during the celebration this summer, post it all on social media

  19. I am thankful for you and your content. This is so refreshing to hear from someone like myself. Whew! Mojuba… Yoruba for… I salute you and your Piece of the Divine.

  20. the rap culture is fucking destroying black peoples image and mind. Its 2019 black people need to form a new culture and that will change how people act and propel people to achieve what is desired in today's age wealth.

  21. Check it chica,
    You born in America,
    You American, not African
    You go to Africa,
    Trust me, from experience they will NOT welcome you.
    In fact, it's the opposite.
    The Americas (not just the u.s)
    Is so diverse
    Its the melting pot of culture in the world.
    There is no "black culture" here
    Are any other races trying to trade mark their behavior/traditions/slang ?
    No because it doesn't make any sense to
    Might as well embrace it

  22. During the latest round of diaspora wars on Twitter, a Trini girl was co signing that Black Americans don't have a culture. Clicked on her profile just to see that she was a SOROR! Imagine my surprise.

  23. We ain't african ain't no such thing of African American the elites and the boule mad that shyt up with Jessie Jackson in 1988 we are the original melenated copper tone American indigenous aborigine Indians of turtle island aka the Americas slavery was a lie they colonizers enslaved is American Indians not no damn african

  24. The Africans are working with the Europeans and Asiatic to take our land under a free Masonic agenda

  25. No proof we came from Africa not slave boats tell this day boats do t travel that so called slave route across the Atlantic Ocean the Atlantic Ocean sea was too damn rapid for them old wooden boats back in the day use common sense do

  26. All Africans need to go back to Africa all Europeans need to go back to Europe and Asians go back to Asia until us the American aborigines get our land back together y'all are genociding us in our own land and tryn tell our babies that they from some dusty ass Africa

  27. I think something to be mindful of is that African American culture could quite possibly be the most popular culture with so many people hoping to be a part of it and/or claim a piece of it.

  28. It doesn’t matter what you look like. It matters what you do and how you act. Black people are obsessed with race. Nobody cares, but you. Why?

  29. I'm Haitian American but I agree with ADOS movement. Everyone can't win because capitalism is based on some group being at the bottom. It's unfair but that is the way the system was set up, so if anyone should be at bottom it makes sense it would be immigrants no matter whether they are black, white, Asian or whatever immigrant.

  30. This is really disappointing and sad that u black people are losing something that was special in ur blood and code for ex I t like saying I’m asian America and forgot how it feels to not be asian and forgot how to not be able to speak i language or understand it or wat types of food was brought in the past of wat time of group u are man I’m sad for everything

  31. I’m asian American I’m Hmong my clan has 18 following clans and that may not be a lot but if u see the tree line it big fucking family tree rip me as a Hmong American I have to remember all my family haaaa my life as a asian American so hard to remember other family and etc but this is a good top base on civil rights and etc topics on for African Americans yup

  32. The great tragedy being African Americans have NO culture left . Any community around the world gathering together calling themselves as a part of the culture fundamentally comes through a sense of shared set of values which usually comes from religion ( which their ancestors belonged to and not forcefully converted ) . Hip- Hop is something Af – Americans created but , it is still just music and even though it has the aspect of expression to it . Unlike other religions ( Pagan religions around the world who had their own art form embedded in the spiritual texts ) has no intellectual root different from Christianity . The only root I find in the "so – called " black culture is the sense of common suffering ( of their slave ancestry in America or police violence or systematic Racism ) .

  33. BLACK IS A COLOR NOT ETHNICITY, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE GENEALOGY IS YOUR KEY. ASK YOUR ELDERS/GRANDPARENTS IF YOU ARE FROM AFRICA. STOP LISTENING TO FOREIGNERS.

  34. The ONLY problems is all you mixed-blooded mixed-up mfers such as you, JOUELZY. Ain't no one confused but you, you ain't black you are just a caramel colored OREO …

  35. African Americans are descend from American slaves period. Nigerians and other continental Africans should go by the country they migrated from. Other descendants of the trans Atlantic slave trade should go by countries they migrated from so they can maintain they reparations claim.

  36. Black Americans can easily trace their ancestry back to slavery in the US through documents. I did and I got a bunch of others to do the same. It's easy. When most people say America they mean the US. There's no need for semantics. Also, she pivoted to white people right after she acknowledged that immigrants are trying to take over our particular spaces while still be xenophobic. They can form their own chapters, their own other things, they'd rather be lazy and take what's already been built by us.

  37. Why should african and african american be divides. I have friends from kenya cameroon nigeria we should be a brotherhood its not our fault that european colonize africa brought us here they still trying to colonize africa still their resources yet many people still living poverty

  38. What in another culture can you not do or are told you cannot do unless invited? I’m confused because you’re not being specific. Essence represents all black culture not just African American ( it’s just a magazine not a cultural tomb). There are so many problems, real problems in the black community, in the world and you’re worried about who’s black and who isn’t? It’s weird. I agree with you definition of ethnicity, race and nationality. Are you saying that since braids is actually African and not African American that African Americans shouldn’t wear braids? Just an Afro? Weave? I think weaves are Egyptian. Equity doesn’t equal equality. You think all white people are colonizers? If so then do you see all black people as slaves? Because slavery and colonialism is pretty much past tense and I’m sure after listening to you they already regret it. Aren’t blacks who were brought to the islands as slaves still colonizing the Caribbean? Where are the original Caribs? Blacks who left the US for Liberia are considered colonizers to the original African population who lived there. Um sorry boo but I disagree with your whole post modern, critical race theory analysis. No one can help you like or love yourself, that work begins at home. Jews went through their “self hating Jews” but they did manage to confront that. I do think there is a distinctive African American culture and it’s influential more so than African communities so I don’t see the problem. I can’t pretend to love all people, people are people no matter the race and some will be more lovable than others but then again I don’t withhold or show love based on irrelevant racial features.

  39. Sister ur making it more complicated than it is. When African taxis pass AAs in preference for white passengers, they’re not asking that question, because they have already made up their mind. Simply put, if u have to ask the question ur not one of us. Ever heard of the US Census? If u can find ur family on the Census prior to 1965 ur AA. If not, don’t worry about us who can. No one ever asks: how can u know who is Igbo, who is Fulani, Jamaican, or West Indian. For those of us who know who we r, this is a question without merit. Something tossed in to confuse the issue. If there is any group of people with a throughly documented history, who can trace their lineage to the foundation of The United States of America, (not South America or the Caribbean) its us.

  40. Why are you making smaller and smaller boxes for people to fit into? instead of being constantly divided by people and having our differences highlighted and used to define who we are and divide people of all races. Why don't we let our individualism define who we are, our character, personality, traits and goals we have personally achieved. Why be proud of someone in your race for achieving something that you had no part in? If i achieved something incredible i wouldn't want to be a great black person of <insert field of expertise>, i would just want to be know as my name and my achievement.

    We constantly also seem to blame the failure of black culture to achieve very little (passed civil rights) on white people, when in reality it is black culture that has not put education or nuclear stable families to the forefront of importance for decades unlike other cultures who have (Jews, East Asians etc). Tribalistic attitudes like this insistence on relating to a race or culture for who you are as a person has been the downfall of black American societies for decades, grouped together with a victim mentality and a severe lack of ever wanting to be held responsible for our own actions and failures. I don't expect to convince anyone of this because it's a hard pill to swallow for black people and we live in a culture now where black people actually have the delusion of oppression, when there are black people out there outperforming whites and Asians outperforming everyone…

  41. I'm African American because we were the first blacks in America, other blacks from other countries should be called black American not us

  42. I’m from central Africa, born in Cameroon, grew up in Paris ( France) and now living in America. And as an African, I particularly love AA culture sooo much ! However, we should all admit that black Americans are the descendants of African slaves. And those African slaves were certainly part of my family of another family in Africa. What I mean is we are family because there is a link between these two parts. And we should love, respect and appreciate each tribe and culture. Black people are so mistreated all over the world. I find just sad to see some fights among our “race”. Anyway, I am african and I love your culture guys !

  43. May I chime in, despite being a white Scandinavian? (As white as white can be, in other words…)

    I have travelled and worked extensively in Africa and the US for years, and there is an enormous difference between African Americans, and Africans.You are like night and day.
    (You may have the same melanin, but ALL similarities ends there).

    While most AA I have met are nice, polite and generally like any other American, no matter skin colour, Africans are rude and borderline retarded. I have never been on any continent, where people treat each other as horribly and are as corrupt as in Africa.

    I understand VERY well why most African Americans I have met dislike Africans. So do I.
    They are a bunch of rude, uncivilized, corrupt, bigoted and gay bashing morons.

    African Americans are a quite impressive bunch, though.
    – You have come very far in very short a time in the US. Most impressive! 🙂

  44. Only an American born in Africa is an African-American. And you're no more black than I am white. That's why I refer to descendants of American slaves living in the United States as "Ebonicans." It's much more accurate and descriptive.

  45. listen sister I'm Haitian but I find out that blacks all over the world let themselves played by white supremacist games a lot. concerning the Nigerian in Houston who took over the original African American culture and benefits from it and humiliating the African Americans. these Nigerians/African are dumb they are well received with divide and conquer phenomenon. they need to be a pan-africanis, but only education will do that. remember in term of brainwashing by whites the Africans in the motherland are as well. because they were all colonized by the whites and still are. therefore the same way that they are indoctrinated the same way some of us here are.

  46. You are so wise and insightful. And beautiful…btw. I'm a man of European descent and I learned so much from this!!!

  47. If I was about to die, I'd want to listen to this lady talk for a few minutes. It would take away any sadness or fear…. I'd just want to die.

  48. “African American” was birthed in the Americas. I would include peoples in the West Indies and the northern half of South America under that umbrella. It refers to a people with a culture born in heavily mixed societies. It’s completely different from the cultures of West and Central Africa. It’s its own thing and it is beautiful. Skinfolk ain’t kinfolk.

  49. This is sad I'm nigerian and I love when african Americans wear african clothing instead of fighting each we should fight white supremacy

  50. know the difference between nationality and ethnicity. just say black american. it’s a valid ethnicity that serves as a nationality as well. african american is for africans in america who came here as immigrants.

  51. I live in New York City and I can always tell who is African-American and who was not African-Americans we are mixed people we are not the same as people in the Caribbeans or in Africa

  52. I just treat Caribbeans and Africans the same as I do white ppl. Long handed spoon. They'll try to partake in culture the same as white ppl but it is not theirs. Never will be. Merely an uninvited, unwanted participant. Period.

  53. Nobody is the "Gatekeeper of culture" the nature of culture is that it interacts with other cultures rubs off on nearby cultures is rubbed of on by said cultures. You can't dictate what your culture influences or is influenced by. I dont just mean you dont have the right, I mean you physically cant.

  54. I love how anti white this is. Due to the fact that more whites especially those who live in cities. Prefer black culture to their own races or ethnicities original culture which causes the slow death of all white cultures and although I agree which many of the things she said such as a better understanding of the culture and history of that culture I still can’t help but laugh when she wants one of the most popular cultures in the WORLD to be more exclusive to blacks only when so many non blacks in joy it to thus leaving many with no culture at all to enjoy

  55. Did anyone notice how immigrants get marked as white and how before 1988 "African American" was thrown on the BLACK community by proven Federal agents. Folks have to stop abusing other black folks for dollars. Africans haven't come for us nor did they help us with our colony of Liberia. Color is not enough. Just my thoughts especially when we are catching,"Akatas" from Africans while they pretend to be us. Also, it isn't just Africans that do this. It is disgusting. We can all have our voices. Stop helping white people erase us.

  56. Correction: black is a color. There is truly 1 race, human. Only 2 colors/shade – Black and white; many cultures and ethnicities . We only separate by ethnicities and culture. African Americans are actually American. Only true African Americans are those from Africa who reside here. No culture is better.

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