|Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 02:27 pm: |
Yukio, I think you misread what I said...I'm not denigrating my Africanity or anything else. In a nutshell, what I said was we're all here, and the how of it is secondary.
Despite how the media portrays us and the politicos treat us, black folk don't have a herd mentality. You may refer to yourself as an African-American, and that's fine by me. There are others who prefer not to get on that train. And does it really come as a surprise that some of our African brothers and sisters look upon us, and their own, as inferior, even as they are looked upon by others as inferior? I wouldn't classify that as self-hate, but I would call it immature, short-sighted, and just plain stupid.
And if you notice some of the other posts here, I didn't change the game. Rather, I built upon some other points expressed. For example, the point that because Egypt has been highlighted as a bastion of historic black achievement and heritage was countered in posts above. While it might be true that some of my distant kin may have come from Egypt, perhaps even helped build the Great Pyramids or the Suez Canal, that wouldn't stop the first sidelong glance if I were walking down the street in Cairo.
So understand the import of what I'm saying here. I've not chosen to ignore, deny or in any way dissociate myself from where I've come, nor will I ever, God willing. But I have also chosen not to cast aside my original identity to embrace that of another continent that also doesn't fully embrace me.