These past few weeks with the upcoming Marvel’s Black Panther moving approaching it’s release date and all of dark skinned America excited to see a movie that has a majority dark skinned cast, production team, producer, and director; I have been pondering the term “African American”. When we used that term for other people from other nations it is used to describe people who have recently immigrated to the United States of America or for those who are a first or second generation descendants. To note, some Africans do not recognize dark skinned people as being from Africa. Also there is an Australian aborigine tribe that has a direct lineage to Africa but you wouldn’t have thought that since they look different from those with possible direct lineage to Africa who live in America…. Take some time to think about that.
Now we all know the story of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade where Africans were bought and stolen from the western countries of the African continent and taken to the Caribbean Islands, North, and South America. Yet the culture of those people seem to be different but with some similarities as well. I understand that most of the history of those who shipped to the Americas in the slave trade has been destroyed and distorted. That the cultures and traditions were stripped away from them during that time. So some has been lost and left to speculation. The point I am trying to say (I am probably doing a bad job at it), is that without knowing your exact lineage its hard to know for sure where your direct ancestors originated. One may even argue that we are all one species so to debate where anyone is from is pointless. But the fact is that the word “African American” is just another word used in an attempt to label a group of people. Your skin complexion does not specifically link you to a certain group of humans. By typing this I am in no way shape or form denying any heritage nor am I confused as to the possibilities of my direct ancestors origins. I am only trying to open your mind up to the fact that there is a lot more to the story than we know. History is and will always be written by those in power and control. History will always be used to manipulate the masses into believing whatever those in power want them to believe.
I have attached a link to a video on YouTube by Dane Calloway to this post that has completely opened my mind more than what I had already believe it to be. I accept and know that I do not know everything and I am no where close to understanding the truth. The only thing I do know is that I don’t know anything lol. Never be afraid to think and never be afraid to have an opinion that is different from the majority. In the end we are all just searching for the truth.
Take the time to watch the video and formulate your own opinions.