Hey Guys, Welcome To Another Episode Of Wode Maya Interviews.
In today’s post, we will look into why Africa should be Home to every black person.
Below is an interview with am American Born Grand-Mother.
American Born Grandmother: For so long living in America, we didn’t have anything to do in Africa, we didn’t know anything about Africa other than what they showed us in movies.
You know the movie, Tarzan, swinging through the trees, riding on the elephant and pictures of black pots with black people in them with a bone in their nose.
If this is the kind of picture you see every time, would you want to come to Africa? especially when they’re saying we’re not Africans.
We’ve been called so many names like, colored people, we’ve been Negroes we’ve been Coons we’ve been jigaboos.
We finally came to a point where we would call black people (black). So that’s all right up to a point, but black is a color it does not describe an ethnic group.
So then, as the level of consciousness begins to rise, then we became African American.
Though there are still people that didn’t want to be called an African, I mean I have a young man I called an African and he wanted to fight.
But my thing was, but we are Africans and this proved to me that I am NOT an African.
Wode Maya: okay grandma, I’m so happy that you brought this up and I want to access this question because even my classmate when I was back in China had a classmate who nearly fought with me because I called him an African.
Even the videos that I do, a lot of people comment that, hey stop calling us Africans because we are not Africans, we are Israelis or something.
You’ve been in Ghana and you’ve lived in America what are you gonna tell people who didn’t see themselves as an African or some of them who are even ashamed to claim being an African.
I even know some Africans that were born in Africa but when they go out of Africa, They say they don’t want to be called Africans at all.
At this point, do you have any message for people like this?
American Born Grandmother: yeah, see one of the analogies that I use when people tell me that they’re not African is that I say, let me give you an example.
I have an almond tree and I also have a coconut tree. When the nut germinates it hits the ground and it grows up again, when it grows does it grow to be an almond tree or a coconut tree?
So when they took our ancestors out of those slave forts dungeons and took them to the Americas when did they become an American they never did become American, They were still Africans.
I mean America’s end of the slave trade’s primary mission was to yank Africa out of our souls out of our whole being so that we would be nothing and so many of us living in America and other colonized countries were not allowed to think or say African.
However, there were still some of us that held on to it and don’t give a damn about what others thought.
So when I explain that to people, my thing is you’re still an African, You’re an African that was born in America.
I’m an African that was born in America if you’re an African that was born in anywhere else, we’re still African people and we can’t get away from that.
There is something brother told me, that he was a Jamairican and I said what the hell is a Jamairican, but that’s a Jamaican who’s living in America.
Listen, an Italian is still an Italian the Jew is the Jews so why is it totally impossible for us to remain or be who we are as African people and we need to take a look at the very glorious history of us as African people.
We were not always late and that’s the other thing people talk about slaves, they did not take slaves out of Africa they enslaved us and took us out of here that’s a big difference.
You know people may say oh yeah they took the slaves but hell no they didn’t come here to our farms and found us as slaves, they didn’t come into our markets and find us as slaves they enslaved us and took us away but we’re still African so my message to anybody is that we should be proud of who it is that we are.
You know people might say if African people are so great well y’all did nothing, you didn’t do this you didn’t do that, well we don’t have what white folks have, white folks have white privilege which means they get to do any damn thing that they want to do and we don’t have that.
We have to fight harder we have to work harder we have to be better in order to get along.
In order to survive, we have to be better so let us be better as proud African people because that’s who we are. we are highly melanated gifts from the most high, from the universe and we need to take the time to honor those ancestors because those ancestors got something for us.
They do take care of us, so from today Jamaicans And African-Americans, just get to know that you’re an Africa.