WHY THERE IS NO ONE WAY TO BE BLACK

And if I rebel against anything, it’s the notion that there is one real way to be black. ~ Jonathan CapehartIMG_1559
History: WHY THERE IS NO SINGLE WAY TO BE BLACK AND THERE NEVER HAS BEEN.

the African Diaspora includes for most Black Americans the TransAtlantic Slave Trade. Human Beings were stolen, kidnapped from the Continent of Africa. The Gold coast and the Grain Coast is the location for modern African countries such as Ghana, Togo and Benin. Other countries from which people were taken against their will were Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Angola.sources of tranatlantic slave trade

Would you condemn an Italian who was indifferent to an Irishman?
but you want all Black people to think and act as one.africa slave_trade_1650-1860_

and lets look at the ethnic communities within these countries.
Nigeria is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups. The most populous and politically influential groups are: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%. The principal religions are Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, and indigenous beliefs 10%.
Ghana, The principal ethnic groups in Ghana are: Akan 45.3%, Mole-Dagbon 15.2%, Ewe 11.7%, Ga-Dangme 7.3%, Guan 4%, Gurma 3.6%, Grusi 2.6%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other tribes 1.4%, other 7.8%.

People were put on boats by slavers. striped of freedom, status, clothing, language, tradition and family. forced, against their will, at fear of death, to speak english, worship a foreign god, to imitate chattel, property, animals… in order to survive.ancient africa map

Our common history begins in the horror of enslavement, the middle passage and slavery…africa slave ports

when were we ever just one type of people.

further, the notion that there is only one way to be Black denies the infinite variation of humanity.

white privilege and the myth of white supremacy dictates that there is only one way to be black because it is not complex enough to respond to more than that.

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Author: pdeedixon

Woman. Mother. Lawyer. Black. RaceWoman. Womanist. Feminist. LBGTQQPIA ally. divorced

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