Things we black people (humanity’s poorest) say:

1).   “Black Americans shouldn’t have to invest in Africa. We already did when they sold us.”

— A member of Africa’s most connected, most elite diasporan community (Black Americns) using slavery (i.e., they “sold us”) as a reason for Black Americans to never invest in their homeland Africa.

 

2).  “You mean Africa? So you come from Africa? Okay. We are also planning a trip to Africa soon”.

— Black South Africans when talking to their black peers from the other 53 African countries, suggesting that South Africa isn’t part of Africa, because they are somewhat better off than the rest of the continent (as one South African writer explains here).

 

3).  “Black Americans don’t look African. We can spot an African a mile away.” 

— A member of Africa’s most powerful diasporan community (Black Americans), doing what we black people do best: disown each other.

 

4).  “Man why can’t black people work together or get along?”

— A Black man in America, asking the same question that has prompted me to create this website: why we black people can’t work together?

 

5).  “What we should be discussing is why blacks won’t work together? …My white friends don’t have this problem. What is wrong with us as black people? Must be a curse!”

— A Black man in America, decrying the exact same thing: why we black people can’t work together?

 

6).  “Why black people can’t work together to pull themselves from the bottom?”.

— A Black American, wondering (video) why black people, humanity’s poorest, simply have no interest in working together to better their lot. Because working together is what all the other humans do.

 

7).  “In the US, Hispanics, Asians, Indians, Europeans, etc… and Jews from all over the world come to the US and get along with each other and win. Only Blacks find a reason to be divided…”

— A black man in America, highlighting the ability of all other humans to work together with their peers from allover the world, unlike us blacks.

 

8).  “Blacks are not fools but our failure to love one another makes us fools worldwide.”

— A black woman in South Africa, literally saying we black people are fools, but pointing out that our inability to work together is what makes we black people WORLDWIDE look like fools.

 

9).  “Correction… Black Americans, the Black people who are the descendants of chattel slavery in the USA do not, and I repeat, Do NOT need Africans or Africa whatsoever… Get it right.”

— A member of Africa’s most powerful diasporan community (i.e., Black Americans), vowing to do as Black Americans have always done: keep their homeland Africa at a distance to the fullest extent possible.

 

10).  “Black Americans are not from Africa — nice try to tether yourself to black Americans but it aint happening…. We look nothing like Africans.”

— A member of Africa’s most connected, most powerful diasporan community (Black Americans), not only denying any connection to his homeland Africa, but also invoking the term “tether” that Black Americans use specifically in disowning their black peers from Africa and the Caribbean.

 

11).  “Why can’t blacks stand together? I agree 100% we hate on our own and don’t work together for a common goal like the Jewish people to better our conditions economically.”

— A black man in America, bemoaning the inability of we blacks to work together and better our lot the same way the Jews and all other humans do.

 

12).  “Black people why can’t we work together like other races are doing?” — A black woman in America, asking the same thing: why black people simply can’t work together like all other humans do.

 

13).  “Asians own all the nail salons, Indians own all the beauty supply stores, Jewish build businesses. And they all work together… why can’t it be the same for black people?”

— A black woman in America, pointing out the ability of all other humans to work together, unlike we black people, humanity’s poorest.

 

14).  “We’re our own problem.”  — A black man in Europe, putting it simply that we black people are our own biggest problem, and are the reason blackness has remained the symbol of human misery.

 

15). “Foundational Black American… learn to say it. African American is not our name… You tether.”

— A member of Africa’s most powerful diasporan community, making it very clear that his dislike of the term “African American” is in fact based on his dislike of Africa.

 

16).  “The tether diaspora may need Africa. Black Americans don’t.” 

— A member of Africa’s most elite, most powerful diasporan community (Black Americans), suggesting that Black Americans do not need their homeland Africa.

 

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17).  “All black people should leave America and move to Africa”.

— A Black American named Tim Ford Jr., who has since moved to Tanzania, urging all black people in America to move to Africa — implying therefore, that Black Americans actually need Africa, and have a connection to Africa after all.  Tim is also one of the Black Americans featured in this local publication.

Note: as an African myself who permanently lives in Africa, I think the most important thing in Tim’s message isn’t that black people should necessarily leave America and move to Africa, unless they want to.

It is the need for us black people to understand that a homeland is good for all of blackness equally, whether you live there or not. If Tim, a Black American, is finding a poverty-ridden Africa to be very good for him, then like it or not, having a homeland, and working together to transform it, help us all equally.

This shouldn’t even be about whether antiblackness exists in the west or not. It should be about accepting that having your own homeland, and contributing towards its betterment, is good whether you live there or not. Because it is what all the other real humans do.

And to me, the fact we black people (especially those in the west) have remained very opposed to the idea of working together to better our homeland Africa, until it only becomes inevitable for people like Tim to move to Africa, only confirms what a total ragtag we black people are.

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18).  “Some white people may despise each other, but will still work together… Why can’t blacks?” — A black man in America, acknowledging how all other humans function: even in disagreement, they work together. This is unlike us black people, humanity’s poorest.

 

19).  “Why can’t we black people work TOGETHER?”

— A black woman in America, decrying the same thing: why we blacks can’t work together.

 

20).  “Some white people may despise each other, but will still work together… Why can’t blacks?” — A black man in America, acknowledging how all other humans function: even in disagreement, they work together. This is unlike us black people, humanity’s poorest.

 

21).  “Black folks don’t need the internet to convince [them] to hate other black folks. They do it naturally.” — A black man in the UK explaining what we black people are: a people who self-impede, self-sabotage, and self-destruct all naturally. No internet needed.

 

22).  “We black people as a race are losers. Look at the Asians. Almost every major [American] city has a Chinatown/Koreatown because they work together. Why can’t we do this?” — A Black man in America, admitting what black people as a race are: losers who can’t work together.

 

23).  “These people want blacks to work together ‘like the Asians do’ but not the blacks in Africa though, only Black Americans.”

— A Black American, not only admitting that black people even in America do not work together, but pulling a whataboutism on Africans instead. It is all the same though. We black people globally, have proved to be the same disconnected humans who simply have no culture of working together.

 

24).  “Sometimes I get more hospitality from from white people, when I’m out, than I do from black people, and other POC… Black people treat me like a blemish. I hate how superficial and mean we are to each other.” — A black woman in America, decrying the disconnect between we black people.

 

25). “Most Black people have a P.h.D. i.e., a Pull Him/Her Down syndrome.”

— A black man in South Africa, highlighting the highest qualification we black people have: a PhD.

 

26).  “BLACK people [talk] so much about racism. When was the last time you helped your own kind in need with your PHD (pull him/her down) mentality?”

— A black man in Belgium, saying that while we black people are very good at decrying racism, our own PhDs have ensured that virtually no black person gets better through the works of another black person.

 

27).  “Reached out to someone on Facebook to see if maybe we could collaborate since she braids hair and I own a beauty supply store. Whew chillleee she went off on me. Like dam I was just trying to network you ain’t got to be rude! That’s why black people can never work together! Smh”

— A Black woman in America, decrying the same vice: the inability for we black people to work together.

 

28). “We’re not African Americans. We’re… Foundational Black Americans to be exact”. — A Black American, seeking to shed the word “African” from her identity, so she can live Africa-free.