Let me preface this by stating that I DO NOT hate African people. I have many loved ones who identify as African. Although I can’t directly trace my lineage back to Africa due to the Atlantic Slave Trade, I am of African descent and it seems really stupid to me to hate African people, who are essentially the same race as me. More true for West Africans, we are closer than cousins. We are brothers.
This title was generated as a response to another article with a similar title of This is Why Africans Hate Black Americans, which I will link here. As I read this article, rebuttals started to form naturally in my head and I decided to make a response based on my experience. I wrote this with the goal of inspiring much-needed dialogue between Black Americans and Africans, in hopes of bringing about a bit more understanding between the two groups so that maybe we can get along better!
Well, let’s get right to it!
Once of my best friends told me a story about how she confronted the African Student Union at her school. She was at some type of forum put on by both the Black Student Union and the African Student Union and she went up to the mic and asked, “Why do you guys act so stuck-up? You walk around campus with this ‘I’m better than you’ attitude.”
I was shocked when she told me this. (But we’re both G’s like that.) Secretly, I thought I was just flat-out “in my feelings,” so I was glad to find out I wasn’t the only one who noticed some Africans’ air of superiority. She said that people were shocked in the audience, too.
In response, the ASU answered with, “Well, a lot of Africans don’t like how Black people don’t take advantage of their opportunities here in America.” Understandable.
Bestie retorted with, “Well, we’re in school getting an education and doing what we need to be doing. You need to take that up with the folks who aren’t doing anything with their lives,” and this anecdote leads me to my first point.
ATTN: “the next train’s coming” has moved!
Finish reading this article at thenexttrainscoming.com.