I recently read a article that was basically saying if you’re so proud of your african roots, why not visit africa. The writer was of african descent and he was basically targeting the african americans, british africans, carribeans stars, basically people of african descent around the world. I had to read the article twice, because at first I kind of thought he was trying to insinuate that African Americans are not actually proud of their heritage because of maybe not trying to get close to africa or in celebrity cases like Beyonce not performing there, but I get what he’s saying even though I don’t completely agree with how it was put . The comments on the other case oh my god. I didn’t realize how many african people had this stereotypical and prejudice view of African American, and it seemed to be toward just us as if we’re the only damn descendants of slaves around the world. I know not every African thinks this way, but I also don’t think African Americans owe y'all anything and vice versa. It is really irritating, you know, I try not see them as other but I do, because there is aspects to everyone culture that I’m not going to understand or know. I think that really is a vice versa situation, like what do you want african american people to do, throw a dart at a map of Africa and choose the country that the dart is in and use that as a guide to our actual african culture, like no. My african culture is African American culture my roots may be african but my culture doesn’t consist of just African culture. Its just disrespectful, you don’t like how America has depicted Africa as this war torned, 3rd world “continent”, with starving babies, and I agree with African and African American people who view that as wrong, because it is. But if they has depicted Africa and African people like that, what you think they do to us, really. I’m not saying that African Americans has been the best in these type of situation cause I was a child and heard phrases like “african booty scratcher” too, so I know some African Americans has been just like the african people on that comment panel that was saying asshole shit toward AA people. I just wish we could all get along to be honest, and respect each other very diverse cultures. I’m black, creek, and have a assload of white heritage( that I do not care to think about), and my papa is gullah plus I’m American so that is a lot and I know there is a lot of African american people that has very diverse cultures as well and African people.
In my story, Africa becomes the first continent to be uninhabitable for humans due to pollution and greenhouse gases. Other countries outside of the West fall over the years from this. However, I worry that this supports the “Africa is a war-torn, poor place,” trope. I plan to deconstruct that by mentioning colonization’s role in this, writing dynamic Black characters to reverse it, etc. Is this depiction of Africa still racist? Can I keep it Afro-centric, not racist?