Africans & African-Americans: Debate?

We had no idea (until we moved to Liberia) that there has been, and continues to be, ongoing discussions regarding African-Americans and (or shall we say verses) Africans. We don’t indulge, but it did surprise us to learn how much an ethnical barrier exist in some ways. Thankfully, we, as African-Americans, cannot be more proud of our culture. We’ve mentioned before that we feel our ethnicity and nationality are the best of both worlds. We love being Black Americans and the more we live in Africa, the more we appreciate where we are from…but we also appreciate what we can give to the world. We feel unstoppable and already see that our children do too.

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We love coming from a southern culture in a land where our ancestors’ blood, sweat, and tears aided in manifesting a country that was initially, rightfully, of another culture. But through that, and even with topics of discrimination that our people have faced, we’ve experienced things that only other African-Americans would understand. We have customs and traditions that only other African-Americans would not need an explanation for. And we are a special breed of people no matter how the world sees us; thankfully for our family, we see it in ourselves. 
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We thank God for placing us exactly where we were placed. We appreciate other cultures and customs and absolutely love learning more about others and diversity. But one thing try our best to stem away from are discussions on Africans vs. African-Americans because we are home no matter where we are and we already have our own culture. In fact, the world is where we are…

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It does seem that if more energy was placed on unifying and building infrastructure, enhancing capacity, and improving upon limiting the corruption here in Africa (there’s a very long road ahead for the topic of ethics…), then maybe… We are often told “welcome home” or that “African needs your skills“…yet, there have been many days where local people would like to know “why are you really here?” and it’s implied that we are wanna-be humanitarians, which is odd since we’ve been humanitarians and philanthropists for decades now. We think much of that is because many people here dream of having opportunities in the U.S.A., so why would we purposefully leave to come here? If they only knew… Also, there are also African men who refuse to address me as Dr. Hunter deliberately due to the African big man syndrome that we already shared views on. All-in-all, we learned in Malawi to focus on our own visions and purpose for being here and have fun engaging with the tribe (our support village) that’s been granted to us (God knows what you need…) Translation: Spread passion and work together on continuing to build this beautiful Motherland because as rich as it is, there’s even more to accomplish & we are genuinely here to be a part of that continued manifestation…

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We, personally, feel as though Africans are our cousins – there’s a connection there (we love all on this continent); yet we are different (as are people from many different nationalities and background regardless of ethnicity). We have always felt that our brothers and sisters are our fellow African-Americans. We are not here to find our roots, although we do embrace learning about customs and traditions that were likely common practice upon our ancestry. Either way, it’s all good and we are all here for a purpose. Our ancestors all have stories and we appreciate their guidance and foundation.

*Africans refers to many of those we have come in contact with in sub-saharan Africa while traveling and living abroad & is not reflective of people on the entire continent.