“Imagine if every single "black" African that came to Canada (or America) took photos of themselves sitting by homeless, emaciated and hungry individuals with the tag lines "my journey in North America" written beneath their newly updated facebook photos, how differently the world would regard North America. Well North Americans would surely respond with the following: "What a false presentation of North Americans! Not every single North American is homeless! And, stop calling us North Americans! We're Canadians, not Americans...we have our own bloody identity!" Of course they would be right. My lovely fellow students and activists and humanitarians, try to think of this when you travel to anywhere in Africa or Latin America again. Not only do your images perpetuate stereotypes about these regions, but it also homogenizes the peoples experiences, stifles their voices, and inarguable propagates this Western Savior narrative. I understand that this is not your objective and your travels are undertaken for the purpose of your learning experiences and personal enlightenment, but when all the rest of the world perceives are hungry, naked children via the images you bring back, well...”—My very smart friend, Ms. Ji-Ji Guerrera, on what the effects of telling a single story has on Africans
“To prevent Africans and Native Americans from uniting, Europeans played skillfully on racial differences and ethnic rivalries. They kept the pot of animosity boiling. Whites turned Indians into slavehunters and slave owners, and Africans into "Indian-fighters". Light-skinned Africans were pitted against dark-skinned, free against enslaved, Black Indians against "pure" Africans or "pure" Indians. Those who have put history into books have emphasized differences between Africans and Native Americans. For example, they have stressed that Europeans encountered Indians as distinct individuals and members of proud nations, and Africans as nameless slaves. Little mention is made of the enslavement of Native Americans and nothing is said about the cultural similarities between the two dark peoples. In 1984, scholar Theda Perdue said: "By emphasizing the actual, exaggerated and imagined differences between Africans and Indians, whites successfully masked the cultural similarities of the two races as well as their mutual exploitation by whites.”—William Loren Katz, Black Indian: A Hidden Heritage
“We were trained to despise ourselves and all of Africa. We felt that Africans were either primitive or semi-primitive, that they had no science and made no significant contribution to civilization. We did not realize that we were looking at a looted Africa, a shattered Africa. We did not realize that there were two Africas, Africa before and after the holocausts.”—
Ivan Van Sertima, in an interview, when asked why there is a reluctance in social acceptance of his theory of Africans being in the Americas prior to Columbus.
I feel like his explanation rings true even in the present, in regards to many achievements made by African Americans/Africans/Afro Latin@s/Latin@s.