Last week, Donald Trump claimed 100 African-American religious leaders would endorse him for president. As it turned out, that wasn’t true. Pastor Vaughn (above) was on Trump’s list but denied his claim. Additionally, more than 100 black religious leaders and scholars published an open letter in Ebony with harsh words for Trump.
Holt Collier, one of the few African Americans who served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
Believe it or not, he escaped his master in order to join the Confederate Army, where he served with Company I of the 9th Texas Cavalry. After the Civil War he became a professional bear hunter, killing over 3,000 bears throughout his career. He often hunted with President Theodore Roosevelt. He died in 1936. The photo above was taken shortly before his death.
“I believe that when you wrestle with your demons in public, they cease to haunt you in private,” says Kenyan born writer, producer and director Peres Owino well known for the documentary Bound: Africans vs. African Americans, Indeed, It would be ridiculous and ignorant to say that there exists no chasm or rift between Africans, African-Americans, Afro-Latinos, Afro-Caribbeans and Afro-Europeans. The conversation about the state of the black race within the context of the larger human family is one that is very necessary to have.
Why do Africans and people of African descent hailing from elsewhere appear to hate each other? Good question. There are several reasons why. The following will provide a good summary.
· Misconceptions among African Diaspora that Africans are tree climbing, starving naked monkeys that can be saved by donating one dollar a month.
· Misconceptions among African Diaspora that Africans did not contribute to the overall struggle for the race and that they somehow ‘suffered less’.
· Belief that Africans cruelly sold the African Diaspora as slaves.
· Belief that Africans are arrogant and disrespectful to African Diaspora.
· Belief that Africans just love licking the white man’s foot.
· Misconceptions among Africans that African Diaspora are uncultured and not purely African
· Belief among Africans that African Diaspora are lazy and useless to the economies of the countries they reside in.
· Belief among Africans that African Diaspora are unconcerned about Africa’s future and therefore irrelevant to the African story.
Now onto my favorite part of this article where we debunk all this crazy and childish (If I may say) myths that so effortlessly make a fool out of the hope of total Pan-African unity. Firstly, it is ludicrous for anyone let alone people of African descent to be in the 21st century and still believe that Africans are primitive nude apes dying of Aids and Ebola. Anybody that still holds on to that belief should do some research and stop leisurely displaying their ignorance and gobbling down what the media shows them and taking it as gospel truth. I even once read a comment on snap chat from an American shocked beyond measure by the site of thousands of snaps from Nairobi (the Kenyan capital) while he thought there were only three phones in the whole country. Another posted that he couldn’t believe the people “whose drinking water he was paying for” had smart phones. The reason all this is laughable is because Nairobi is just one city in a country that has several and there are 54 independent states in Africa and years of information, cultural exchange and knowledge about the state of Africa. Talk about ignorance by choice.
In the #GrowingUpHabesha tag. One of the tweets said something like “GrowingUpBlack tag doesn’t compare to the GrowingUpHabesha tag.”
This is the shit I’m talking bout.
African Americans started the #GrowingUpBlack tag. Not only was the movement co-opted by so many other people without any type of acknowledgement, but this kid even went as far as to make a comparison where black (read: African American) art/effort is dismissed even when its the original…even when its better.
Africans, and their descendants, were America’s first cowboys. Originally a cowboy was an African who worked with cattle, just as a ‘houseboy’ worked in The Big House. As you may recognize the term 'boy’ at the end which was invariably used disrespectful by White men towards Blacks. Most people are not conscious of the number of cowboys of the American West that were Black, contrary to how the film industry and the media have portrayed them. Only recently have we begun to recognize the African roots of cowboy culture. Many details of cowboy life, work, and even material culture can be traced to the Fulani, America’s first cowboys.
Employers would rather hire a white person WITH a criminal record than a black person WITHOUT.
By Gwen Sharp, PhD
Having a criminal record negatively affects the likelihood of being considered for a job. Devah Pager conducted a matched-pair experiment in which she had male testers apply for the same entry-level jobs advertised in Milwaukee newspapers. She gave the assistants fake credentials that make them equivalent in terms of education, job experience, and so on. Half were Black and half White.
One tester from each pair was instructed to indicate that they had a past non-violent drug possession offense. Pager then collected data on how many of the applicants were called back for an interview after submitting their fake applications.
The results (above) indicate that getting a job with a criminal record is difficult. Having even a non-violent drug offense had a significant impact on rates of callbacks.
Race actually turned out to be more significant than a criminal background. Notice that employers were more likely to call Whites with a criminal record (17% were offered an interview) than Blacks without a criminal record (14%). And while having a criminal background hurt all applicants’ chances of getting an interview, African Americans with a non-violent offense faced particularly dismal employment prospects. Imagine if the fake criminal offense had been for a property or violent crime?
In addition, according to Pager, employers seemed to expect that Black applicants might have a criminal record:
When people think of Black men they think of a criminal. It affects the way Black men are treated in the labor market. In fact, Black testers in our study were likely to be asked up front if they have a criminal record, while whites were rarely asked…
African American men face a double barrier: higher rates of incarceration and racial discrimination.
Gwen Sharp is the Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.