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      I see myself as Afrikan, not black, colored, nor nigger. My father (Baba) always told me that "we are from a culture, not a color. There is no such place as Black land or nigger land, so why call yourself that. People are from cultures, not colors." Nor do I call myself American. I say, "Afrikan living in America." Can someone tell me why I still get so much negativity from our own people who refuse to accept their own roots?

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      Quote Originally Posted by jahinaeem67 View Post
      I see myself as Afrikan, not black, colored, nor nigger. My father (Baba) always told me that "we are from a culture, not a color. There is no such place as Black land or nigger land, so why call yourself that. People are from cultures, not colors." Nor do I call myself American. I say, "Afrikan living in America." Can someone tell me why I still get so much negativity from our own people who refuse to accept their own roots?
      greetings-

      possibly because their fathers did not provide them with the positive instruction that your father obviously did- or perhaps absent such instruction the ancestors have yet to reveal themselves to our collective consciousness.


      peace be upon you

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      Quote Originally Posted by jahinaeem67 View Post
      I see myself as Afrikan, not black, colored, nor nigger. My father (Baba) always told me that "we are from a culture, not a color. There is no such place as Black land or nigger land, so why call yourself that. People are from cultures, not colors." Nor do I call myself American. I say, "Afrikan living in America." Can someone tell me why I still get so much negativity from our own people who refuse to accept their own roots?
      I'm African. Being Black is secondary to me. African is more powerful, it's my culture, my roots, the way I was raised....Everything. Black is too vast if you ask me. I never say Black, it's not an identity to me.
      When I think of it, African in general don't use the word Black much, they identify with their country first.

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      That our African identity is primary, i am in full agreement. However, that an oppressed ppl should resist genuine self knowledge should come as no "surprise". The battered spouse will rather consistently support their abusers until they come to a realization of their humanity outside of the definition given to them by their oppressors. (But i must admit-- sometimes i want to say "why in the %^#* can't you see this!", even tho i "know" why)
      "in the church...the negro has had sufficient freedom to develope this institution in his own way; but he has failed to do so. his religion is merely a loan from the whites...in chameleon-like fashion the negro has taken up almost everything religious which has come along instead of thinking for himself." -- "the mis-education of the negro", carter g. woodson.

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