How do we address the divisions within the Diaspora? There have been some recent writings speaking on the tensions between Africans and African-Americans. Note the recent article from The African Sun Times: Africans and African-Americans Clash in the Bronx
In my studies on the decolonization of Africa, I have come across some interesting writings. I found one to be so interesting that I want to share it with you.
In looking through some of the available archival information on the end of colonialism in Africa, I have become familiar with a publication called The West African Pilot. It was a newspaper based in Lagos, Nigeria, and in it there is an opinion column that embraces the history of African Americans. It is titled: “In spite of handicaps”
One line in particular jumped out at me from the column:
“The fact that slavery did not kill the spirit of the American Negro, but rather that persecution and injustice made him determined to survive the struggles of life, and he achieved greatness thereby, is the secret of success of the American Negro.”
Source: The West African Pilot, October 20th, 1942
Anti-quated terminology aside, the point is made about how Black Americans persevered in the face of great odds. Here we have acknowledgement of the history of Black America and in the rest of the piece a spirit of solidarity expressed across the Atlantic. It stands in sharp contrast to some of the ideas expressed that are made as indictments of American born Blacks in the present day.
Unfortunately, these divisions are reminiscent of that old regional division within Black America, between Northerners and Southerners.
What has transpired that is responsible for undermining these sentiments?
More importantly, can these new divisions be overcome? How do we as a community, work towards addressing the very real disconnect between native and foreign people of African descent? Solutions never come about by not addressing a problem, so we have to get past the idea that “dirty laundry” is being aired.
I welcome your commentary.