|Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 01:53 pm: |
First, I invite you to go back and carefully reread my last post...you're misinterpreting a few things I stated. I'm not talking about lumping nonblacks in with us...I'm talking only about BLACK people. If you take the world community of Black people and subtract the influence of our oppressors' cultures, what do you think you will have? That's a reality. Now, I'm not naive...I know that based on where we reside and/or were taken, we developed our own subcultures as a REACTION response to what happened to us. But, those subcultures still belong to Mother Africa---like it or not. MOST hispanics are not Mexican. That term is a cultural term--NOT a racial one--that has been used to collectively describe the community of people (of ALL races) that speak Spanish and have been enslaved/socialized/etc. by European Spaniards. This would include people in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Cuba, and many other places in the AMERICAS. Those countries face much social, political, and economic turmoil every day because of U.S., European, and Asian policies and interference, and THAT'S why many of their citizens come flooding onto American soil--trying to get out of the fire into the fryer. You do realize that even though we're here by no initial choice of our own, the very fact that we are United States citizens AUTOMATICALLY aligns us with those crooked tactics. Our very unchallenging support of and participation in this system is like our unspoken, implied consent for it to function as it does. So, if in no other way, we DO owe a debt to other groups of Blacks. Again, I'm not saying that that feeling should not be mutual---we're responsible for each other.
Oh...by the way, for me, African, African-American, and Black are synonymous. I don't look at ANY person of European, Asian, Arab, etc. extraction as African/Black---even if they were born on the continent.