by Corey B. Buckner
I am rooting for everybody black to win. If you've never heard this saying before, it is a statement that we make in the black community to signify solidarity with literally everybody with black or brown skin around the globe. But, is this really a position that all black people everywhere should take, or is this nothing more than assimilation and submission to borders and classifications that non-black people have drawn around the various cultures that modern black people descended from? I believe the biggest misnomer of black and brown-skinned people, particularly in The United States of America, is the idea that a single unified black culture should exist and is the universal standard for black people the world over to aspire to. For those of you who believe that the penultimate achievement of overcoming American slavery and British Colonialism is the reunification of all black people around the world, I have some bad news for you. Black people in Africa were not a single, unified group of people before white people started dragging us off into slavery and drawing their own borders across the continent. Sorry, but we weren't "black people" in Africa. We were various distinct and separate tribes of people who didn't become "black" until non-black skinned people saw and described the whole of the various groups of people on the continent that way.
The concept of black people being one group of people, identifiable by our skin color, was created by the British and The Spanish. They looked at the Bono, Ashanti and Yoruba people and said, "Look at those black people over there," with complete and total disregard for how "those people" saw themselves and one another. Black-skinned people in Africa did not look intra-racially at one another and say, "I'm rooting for all Africans to win." While they may have been able to live peacefully among one another, they did not seek to create a single, black culture; neither did they actively root for everyone who shared the same skin color as them to succeed. It was the act of drawing borders around a plot of land that is modern day Ghana that sought to make those three distinct tribes and cultures one single group of people... black people. Not that those three tribes didn't share some common practices, goals, treaties and enemies; but the idea that they needed to become a single, unified culture was as foreign to them as the notion of German, French and British people determining that because they are all white, that they need to become a single group of people. [continue reading]
I am rooting for everybody black to win. If you've never heard this saying before, it is a statement that we make in the black community to signify solidarity with literally everybody with black or brown skin around the globe. But, is this really a position that all black people everywhere should take [continue reading]
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