I invite all who read this to share their writings, poetry, music, art, or any form of expression. Come with your agendas and opinions on an array of topics. Educate each other, initiate conversation, and challenge each other in healthy ways. This is our space, and our time to promote a unified existence.
We need to remember that because we are of one race, we face many of the same social struggles in day to day life. In order to better progress as a community, it is imperative that Africans and African Americans work together, rather than subscribe to stereotypical thoughts and mock others with racist clichés.
Speaking before a Black American audience, Kwame Ture explained: “The only difference is when the slave ship got to Trinidad they kicked me off in Trinidad and brought you here. That’s the only difference, we are the same people.” Ture was echoing a similar point that Marcus Garvey had made previously.
Because of the history and culture that black people share, I find myself (and many of my black peers) gravitating towards other black people, and instinctively supporting those of our own race. By lifting other black people up, we ourselves rise, and I believe this intuitive mindset to be one of the most powerful things about being Black.
To that mentality, I call foul. Somewhere down the line, my ancestors were slaves, too– just in a different part of the world. There are black people in America, AB or NAB, who might not have any slavery in their ancestry. They are allowed be just as angry at systemic racism, because the reality is their roots don’t always prevent them from going through the same struggles. Our society might group all black people as ‘the same,’ but we are not, that there is power in that diversity. There is more than one way to be actively, consciously black. Our individual grievances and triumphs might stem from different places, but they are valid. They are valuable.
Now, we have put the phones down and the fists up to halt these weapons that have formed against us- for we all know, they shall not prosper. #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackLivesMatter, as a movement, was resistance of the ideologies that Black & Brown stories were exclusive, that we were inherently deserving of this vicious treatment. The insecurities of White America played like a broken record, they told us their fears through inception.