Are we African Americans, Black or Africans?

We as a People have many names but which name best represents us. Most of us identify with the name Black, a name affectionately given during the 60’s and 70’s Black power movements. This name symbolized strength, power and Unity but today many of our People are beginning to adapt other names such as Akebulan, African American, Nubian and other titles but why do we avoid the name African? It seems we have moved so far away from identifying ourselves with being African. Do you feel our Ancestral bloodline is an apparent reason to wear the African title. We need one name to identify us as a People globally. Which name do you feel represents us and why?

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17 thoughts on “Are we African Americans, Black or Africans?

    • Isn’t “African” from Africinus? Some conquering white dude? Alkebulan was the continents original name, no?

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    • Except Africans dislike and disrespect us. They look down on us because whites look down on us and they feel they are better than we are. In college, they stay to themselves have nothing to do with us although they powder their faces with five shades lighter than their skin color. It works both ways. A Senegalese woman told me she’s disliked in school, because they “sold us”. I know I have African origins, but its a huge continent, so unlike any other African who comes here, who knows their origins; I do not.

      This is what I know. Originally my people came from somewhere in Africa. They were powerful, strong and determined because they made it on the slave ship, they made it through slavery, and we are making it through racism and self-hated. I originate from powerfully strong survivors. How do you label that?

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      • There is a movement to define us as Descendants of American Slaves which is a true definition of our identity how does that sound

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      • I love our African brothers and sisters because they are part of me and I part of them, but, the truth is we are very unalike. If we can accept that we can find the love that unites a people. To my way of thinking, we, the descendants of slaves from Africa are African American. We, this group are a people unlike Africans, Haitians, Jamaicans, or any other of our brothers and sisters. We have been mistreated and denied like no other group in history. We are denied even by our African brothers and sisters because they have been Europeanized. I believe some other races ( some ever our brothers and sisters) have adopted the prejudice, racism, bias and cowardist that has been expressed by many white people for centuries. Those attitudes are due to extreme deficiencies that they see in themselves. Those try to make others feel less than because they themselves feel less than. That has made it easy for those to treat us so appallingly. Everything that we were was stolen from us was never to be recovered. There is no embrace from our African brothers and sisters, this is true. African Americans were dropped on the moon with no oxygen mask and people have wonder why, why, we could not find our way to freedom for 300 some odd years. Ha.
        In spite of not knowing who we are or where we came from and having to fight for our rights as human beings, we refuse to be defeated in any matter. Nobody ever gave us anything we did not deserve. Thank God for those white people who had enough that they loved about themselves to deflect that part that helped us to hope and freedom. However many slaves there were and however many slaves they are, no one group was robbed of their heritage except African Americans. Instead of admiring us for our greatness and fortitude, those find the hatred for themselves and deflect it onto African Americans.
        The government has paid many groups back for internment and put in place ways to entice people for other countries with no thought to what is owed African Americans for 300 years plus of labor.
        For my part, I am still waiting for my 40 acres and my mule. it was only a stipend anyway. Today, however, I would consider the government paying for a full genealogy, Ancestry and Family tree research for each and every African American who requests one a step in the right direction. Our hearts will not be silent until there is some consideration for what was done us. That is what I believe.

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      • Initially I liked the title descendants of american slaves but the more I thought about it we were slaves to white people. That was our title from them, we shouldn’t embrace that. We are survivors .African survivors.

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    • I honestly think we should call ourselves humans, and remove all this talk of whites, black, aisian, Latino, and etc.Race doesn’t exist, just like colors don’t, they’re just different ways we perceive light in this world, and to me something as insignificant as light perception shouldn’t be how we interpret ourselves. I’m me and that’s who I’ll be, but my race is forever human

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  1. I believe that we as a people should be able to call our selves what we truly are God’s and godess. Sure black and Africans can be easier to identify each other but the fact that we have an active pineal gland that allows us to have super human abilities should be enough reasons to see who we are. We have be crucified and subjected to the worse conditions know to the human race. From LA to Baltimore to Sudan and West Papua. But as God’s we must rise to greatness and master this universe once again. So my answer is we should identify each other as God’s but black is the universal word for opposition.

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  2. In my country, Nigeria , we have children that look like they were born of a black and white parents. Do we say they are not one of us ? No
    Peter Tosh said” once you have the identity irrespective of your color you’re an African “

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  3. As the Holy Bible tells us we are God’s chosen people in these Americas which would make us the descendant of the Israelites which fled into Africa to keep from being slaughtered. And till we start keeping God’s laws we will continue to catch hell. So what ever we as black people decide to call ourselves we better get in line with the most highs [God’s] laws. because these white people know who you are, and the plan is to DETROY US. It is a major plan put into place so write now let’s just be black people striving peace unity serving our Lord .hallelujah thank you Yashua !!!!! the original son of man.

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    • You are right in many things, but i must ask; is Israel itself not in NorthEast africa(middle east)? Am asking as you said “they fled into Africa” like israel is not an Africa state.

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    • My church is The Israel Of God in Chicago. BRO HENRY BUIE teaches and reads only what “Thus Saith The Lord.” He does a month of black history in February, and reads from the King James Bible to show that we are God’s chosen / people. He is on YouTube . IOG (theisraelofgod) Please look him up. You have your eyes open.

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  4. YES EDWARD, WE AS BLACK PEOPLE ARE TO GO BACK TO OUR AFRICAN ROOTS. THE WHITES CAME TO STEAL, TO KILL AND TO DESTROY THE AFRICAN RACE BECAUSE WE ARE A THREAT TO THEM. THEY IMPOSED TO US THEIR WHITE GOD AND MADE US THROW OUR GOD AWAY, YET OUR GOD IS THE MOST POWERFUL. WE ALL HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL, THE TRUE AFRICAN GOD. THAT WAY, WE SHALL BECOME POWERFUL AND FACE THE WHITE MAN.THIS IS THE ONLY WAY OUT: TO GO BACK TO OUR GOD AND THROW THEIR IMPERSONATED WHITE JESUS ALSO KNOW AS CESARE BORGIA THE ITALIAN IN REAL LIFE. BLACK MAN, ITS ABOUT TIME WE WISE UP AND UNITE TO FACE OUR ENEMIES. THEY KILL OUR BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE AMERICAS IN UNNECESSARY SHOOTING INCIDENTS POSSIBLY IN THE NAME OF RACISM, YET SOME OF OUR OWN PEOPLE HAIL THEM SAYING WE ARE ONE. BUT THE WHITE MAN WILL NEVER ACCEPT THAT. THEY ALWAYS WANT TO BE SUPERIOR AND WANT THE BLACK RACE WIPED OUT ON THE SURFACE OF THIS EARTH BECAUSE WE WILL BECOME THE MOST POWERFUL AS SOON AS WE RUN BACK TO OUR AFRICAN GOD.

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  5. First of all, the vast majority of us were already here, the atlantic slave trade was a joke, educate yourself my people, read “Africans were the first Americans ” by dr david imhotep, research martin luther kings I Have a Dream Speach and in the third paragraph he stated that” The negro is still languishing in corners of american society and finds himself exiled in his OWN LAND. Research and watch “Hidden Colours” they talk about the first civilization in Amerika that were from Africa called the Xi or Olmecs. Everything you were taught in public education was a BIG FAT LIE! Wake up and Live or Sleep and Die!

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    • WE ARE THE BLACK NATIVE & INDIGENOUS TRIBES OF AMERIKA WHO HAVE BEEN THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE OF THIS LAND CALLED TODAY, AMERIKA…FROM THE TIP OF CANADA TO THE TIP OF SOUTH AMERIKA. OUR ANCESTRAL BLACK INDIGENOUS TRIBES HAVE BEEN HERE ON THIS LAND FOR MILLIONS (PLUS) YEARS.

      WE WERE RE-NAMED AND RE-SOCIALIZED INTO CHATTEL SLAVERY AS NEGROES, COLORED, MULATTOES, AFRIKAN AMERIKANS, ETC. ANY THING TO KEEP US DISCONNECTED TO THIS LAND AND IT’S NATURAL RESOURCES THAT WERE STOLEN BY VIOLENT ATROCITIES THAT WERE COMMITTED AGAINST OUR BLACK NATIVE/INDIGENOUS TRIBES WHO’S IDENTITIES WERE HIDDEN IN THE WHITE MAN’S HIS-TORY BOOKS…

      MAYBE 5% OF BLACKS IN AMERIKA, CAME “DIRECTLY” FROM THE CONTINENT CALLED TODAY AFRIKA. THIS IS THE HISTORY THAT IS PRIMARILY TAUGHT TO US TRADITIONALLY.

      TAKE NOTE: WE ARE STILL CONNECTED TO KEMET (EGYPT), AFRIKA BECAUSE THERE ARE XI (OLMEC) PYRAMIDS, MOUND PYRAMIDS, AND IN THE “GRAND CANYON”, KEMET PYRAMIDS (AND ARTIFACTS, ETC.).THAT GO BACK NOT JUST THOUSANDS OF YEARS, BUT MILLIONS.

      WE AS THE TRUE GENETIC AND HISTORIC DESCENDANTS OF THE BLACK NATIVE (SO-CALLED INDIANS), AND BLACK ANCIENT INDIGENOUS TRIBES OF THIS CONTINENT CALLED TODAY AMERIKA…MUST RE-CONNECT TOO THIS LAND FIRST, AS OUR PRIMARY EMPOWERMENT AS ONE PEOPLE…MUCH LOVE, COGNITIVE AWAKEN-1

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  6. All of mankind are Africans. Culturally we are African Americans as we like the American Indian have culture that started in America. All pthers are cultural immigrants Many blacks were in America when English settlers arrived just like the Aboriginals of Australia. Like it or not that is also part of the history of many and we will not walk away from that history to appease those that make false complete claim to America.

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