Global Slavery & the Diasopa: The delusion of cultural supremacy; different Boats same Destiny
The reason why we neglect talking about Afro-Latinos, some Afro-Arabs who were enslaved and brought to the Middle East, like East Africans, as a whole, is because Black Latinos/Afro-Caribbeans/etc. have a culture that’s been exotified in media whereas Black America’s culture has been made to seem as though it’s insignificant or not really a culture, yet when Black people from all over the world come to America, generationally, they assimilate to Black American culture and their kids grow up with an American experience that’s quite different than being born and raised in an environment that’s usually unstable and less “liberal” than America.
Although it has been estimated that there were more enslaved Africans taken to the South America than to the United States (approximately 500,000 Africans were shipped to North America out of 10-12 million Africans) during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, the focus is often on Black America because there needs to be a scapegoat, someone else’s culture and history needs to be mitigated. I see it all the time on Twitter where Afro-Caribbeans and people born of continental African parents seek to mock Black Americans culturally (and even demean those who seek to connect to their African roots) yet reap the benefits of the work and progress Black Americans have made in this country. Mocking, yet utilizing and benefiting off of aspects of Black American culture in the same breath. Which one is it? It cannot be both.