Showing posts with label random Internet user (Monica W). Show all posts
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"There is nothing more "made in America" than Black Americans. When Africans were brought to the Americas in the brutal manner in which they were, the Europeans set out to colonize land, bodies, and minds, and were quite successful. The disconnect that many of us feel was entirely by design and intentional. I mean, the Africans brought to these shores were stripped of their names, identities, cultures, languages, traditions and freedom to live, love, think, and breathe without permission. So now, here we are, with European names, we celebrate only European holidays, we worship God in the European image, we value what the Europeans have told us to value, we have a Eurocentric world view, etc etc. We were told that everything about us which is/was African was dirty, backwards, uncivilized, ugly, etc, and our acceptance of these lies have built great wealth (that benefits neither the Black American economy nor any African economy), such as the Black hair care industry, including weaves and wigs, buying presents at Christmas time, feasts at Thanksgiving, fireworks on 4th of July, etc. As far as you being called Obruni and Mzunga, I have been thinking a lot lately about the "one drop rule" that is generally thought of as truth in the US. Race is a social construct, and the inventors and the gatekeepers of that construct (Europeans) have convinced us and themselves that one drop of African blood means that you are Black. They did this 1) because it was financially savvy when they owned people of African descent. That's why they owned so many white slaves, including their own children and grand children. Octoroons and quadroons and whatever other silly names they made up to otherize their own offspring were much more white than Black, but they convinced everyone that they were Black. They did this also because 2) they wanted to keep their own race "pure" and undiluted, also for financial reasons. You don't have to split the wealth with all of the illegitimate offspring you're creating by raping African women when you mandate that your offspring do not share your race. Anyway, said all that to say that it appears as if African people have their own "one drop" rule. It appears as if one drop of European blood makes you white. It makes every bit as much sense as what we are familiar with, it is just reversed for African purity rather than European purity. And I respect that when I am in their society, because social constructs are not universal, and I do not impose the ones I was colonized with onto other societies when I am a visitor." - random Internet user (Monica W)

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"There is nothing more "made in America" than Black Americans. When Africans were brought to the Americas in the brutal manner in which they were, the Europeans set out to colonize land, bodies, and minds, and were quite successful. The disconnect that many of us feel was entirely by design and intentional. I mean, the Africans brought to these shores were stripped of their names, identities, cultures, languages, traditions and freedom to live, love, think, and breathe without permission. So now, here we are, with European names, we celebrate only European holidays, we worship God in the European image, we value what the Europeans have told us to value, we have a Eurocentric world view, etc etc. We were told that everything about us which is/was African was dirty, backwards, uncivilized, ugly, etc, and our acceptance of these lies have built great wealth (that benefits neither the Black American economy nor any African economy), such as the Black hair care industry, including weaves and wigs, buying presents at Christmas time, feasts at Thanksgiving, fireworks on 4th of July, etc.

As far as you being called Obruni and Mzunga, I have been thinking a lot lately about the "one drop rule" that is generally thought of as truth in the US. Race is a social construct, and the inventors and the gatekeepers of that construct (Europeans) have convinced us and themselves that one drop of African blood means that you are Black. They did this 1) because it was financially savvy when they owned people of African descent. That's why they owned so many white slaves, including their own children and grand children. Octoroons and quadroons and whatever other silly names they made up to otherize their own offspring were much more white than Black, but they convinced everyone that they were Black. They did this also because 2) they wanted to keep their own race "pure" and undiluted, also for financial reasons. You don't have to split the wealth with all of the illegitimate offspring you're creating by raping African women when you mandate that your offspring do not share your race.

Anyway, said all that to say that it appears as if African people have their own "one drop" rule. It appears as if one drop of European blood makes you white. It makes every bit as much sense as what we are familiar with, it is just reversed for African purity rather than European purity. And I respect that when I am in their society, because social constructs are not universal, and I do not impose the ones I was colonized with onto other societies when I am a visitor." - random Internet user (Monica W)
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