I've never really thought about the divide between black Americans & west indians

I’ve always kinda felt a disconnect towards west Indian blacks as a black american though. To me, it seems hard for me to accept sharing the identity of ‘black’ with someone who already identifies themselves with an ethnicity of Dominican, Trinidadian, or Haitian because black people in America don’t really have an ethnicity to claim. We’re just black, in America.

I mean, yes, we’re all black, we are all a product of the African diaspora. But if we’re all black, and then there’s Dominican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Haitian, and Trinidadian… What are slave descended black Americans? Do we have a name for our culture? Do we have our own culture?

These are just my thoughts, I am not trying to start anything. If you can help me out with this, and respond, please inbox me.
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Internal critique does not, however, imply cultural betrayal, as the leaders of our immigrant communities would have us believe. Neither feminism not activism are alien to our culture - they are nested within our heritage. We can draw strength from the traditions of the virangana, or ‘warrior woman,’ which visualizes women as inherently powerful. In addition, the virangana is not marginalized in our natal societies. Rather, she is revered as a savior whom parents urge their daughters to emulate. Claiming this legacy for ourselves and our daughters would only help empower us. Furthermore, we cannot erase our history of resistance and social change work from the version of 'culture’ we present to our children. Our 'culture’ does not only consist of songs and dances, literature and art, but includes activism an the pursuit of social justice.
—  Shamita Das Dasgupta and Sayantani DasGupta, “Bringing Up Baby: Raising a ‘Third World’ Daughter in the ‘First World,’” Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire

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