Do not read, if you do not want to be liberated and remain a "Mind Slave".
For years the African race has been subjugated to dehumanization, omission and subjection categorizations. These categories have plagued the African people and the continent, for hundreds of years. One category that stands out is the perception of being “African”, and Being “Black”. The notions of being African have to be seen through European lenses, and classified through a European projection. The classification of Skin Color has been problematic since the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Though its history remains, and those who are the descendants remain in a state of trial and error. I will begin to discuss the origin of the Typical African, and how it has affected history, African people, and their Identity.
Before I begin to discuss this topic, it will be divided into five categories; we must understand that the word “African” had absolutely no meaning during the early days of the continent. We did not define ourselves as a “Race”, because we did not view ourselves as such; we only defined ourselves by Ethnic Groups, Tribes and Kingdoms we belonged to. Using African in its context will only refer to Anthological classifications, and its reference to
the African continent and those of the Diaspora.
I will discuss five categories all that are in direct relation to one another.
1. The Typical Black African
2. Light Skin Vs Dark Skin
3. Good Hair Vs Bad Hair
4. Black vs. African
5. White Africans Vs Black Africans
PART 1: The Typical Black African – Distortion of History, Distortion of Description.
The Atlantic Slave Trade serves as one of the most prominent points of African history. The era of the slave trade has left those of the Diaspora lost without recollection or recognition of his/her cultures and traditional religions. During this period a perception was established upon what an African should be what features they should exhibit, and what hair texture they should possess. As portrayed within artist interpretations, when Arabic & European artists above Slave ships, painted portraits of African captives, they projected their perception. When Arabic & European colonists photograph African captives, they were perceived as extremely dark.
The problem lies within the perception that has been distorted by future generations, and pre-conceived stereotypes. Movies, Photographs, and *** can all be seen from different perceptions, but what you perceive to be true, can be easily dismissed as false. Throughout the continent of Africa, there exists a variety of skin complexions, and various shades. Many of these diverse skin tones can be found prominently throughout West Africa, the region of where the Slave trade took its primary course. There exist over hundreds of various tribes, all unique with their own traditions, rituals, and culture. Many tribes exhibit different characteristics, and facial features, as well possessing various skin tones. Some tribes and ethnic groups range from Light to Dark, Some tribes hold various complexions; but uniquely to themselves they are part of the same tribe regardless of complexion.
So where does these preconceived notions of a “Typical” African come from? Its roots starts in Slavery, but its propaganda is deeply engrained into the minds of many Westerners, who have no knowledge of how diverse African genetics are. This includes various hair textures, facial features, cranial sizes, and skin tones. In America there exist a saying “You look African” that is widely used by African-Americans & Their European-American counterparts alike. Little do they know all most all of African-Americans exhibit “West African” features, because the majority of African-Americans are West Africans.
Most African-Americans are mixed with more then one ethnic group from the African continent, this include The Igbo people of Southeast ***, The Bakongo people of Congo, The Mende people of Guinea, The Yoruba of Southwest ***, The Akan people of Ghana, The Wolof of Senegal, The Mbundu of Senegal, The Gbe people of Benin, and many more. There is also East African mixture found within many African-Americans, possessing some traits from the Sudanese & Ethiopian people. However most African-Americans are primarily from the Igbo people; In America there exist establishments of African-Americans being of mixture of European & Native American (Asian).
Many assert the reason why African-Americans look different then many native Africans, is because all are mixed with European and Native American. Most African women were raped by European slave masters, however never asserting the problematic situation of the African male’s presence. So one must delve into specifics and search for evidence for such a claim. Considering its not logical to assume all African slave women were raped, because they would still have to reproduce with their African men, to produce more African children. Such a fallacy is based on a presumption that all Africans are extremely dark.
Most African-Americans range from Mid-Brown to Dark Brown, no different then their native counterparts. There of course exist many African-Americans who are lighter Skin, due to miscegenation, or any other heritable traits. But however one must understand that lighter skin can also be obtained based on their climate, or diet. But lighter-skin within the African race is not exclusive to being mixed and is actually very common.In America there exists, TV shows, Movies, Magazines, etc. When *** the continent of Africa, certain regions are shown which give many Americans a stereotypical view about the African people.
A stereotypical view that all Africans look the same, are disease ridden, and poverty stricken; however most Americans cannot tell the difference between a native African or African-American, the only difference being the accent, language and clothing. However there are many Americans, mainly European-Americans, who adversely can tell the difference between African & African-Americans, by only projecting their own stereotypical perception of how an African should look. The main difference is being the facial features, and skin tones. Their stereotypical outlooks of African-Americans are only shown on TV, Movies and Music Videos.
In the African-American communities, there exist over thousands of diverse features, complexions and skin tones. No different then their native counterparts. When darker African-Americans are shown it is assumed “They are less mixed” or “They are not mixed” however that is not the case. If Most African-Americans are as mixed as many proclaim them to be, they would not come out looking much like their Native Counterparts. They would not look like there West African relatives. Assuming that every single African-American had one single “White” great grandparent, we must assert the possibility that not all African-Americans may have a “White” great grandparent. If the slave masters mated so often with African slave women, and impregnated them, then who did these biracial kids mate with?
Did these mix-race children mate with Europeans Masters or African Slaves? When did African men, stop mating with African women? Questions must be asked, by logic it is fallacious to assume that all African-Americans are mixed. And if most African-Americans are mixed, whatever European genes they possessed are outweighed by the African genetics, thus will result in most African-Americans looking like their Native Counterparts. But the false projection of what a “True” African should look like; is promoted falsely and propagated continuously in the American public. It is evident and *** on substantial facts, and anthropological evidence that the African race is the most diverse in genetics, that also includes African-Americans.
"It has been my consensus for a VERY long time that Black Americans are more apt to be 'mixed' with the bloodlines of several ethnic groups from the Continent than with European - which makes us FULL-BLOODED AfRAkan."
Yes daisy your consensus is indeed correct, as i stated in my article (which indeed by the way is 12 pages long) the absurd notion that we are all mixed with "European" is a fallacy within itself, however if most of us are, it still does not rule out the "African" genes, that dominates the weaker recessive jeans. So genetically we are STILL "African".
"And, yes, another overlooked factor is the multi-generational breeding patterns of Blacks post-involuntary and voluntary miscegenation."
It is indeed overlooked, which brings my attention to the (wannabe) Henry Louis Gates, European ordain scholar and leader of "African History & Studies", who perpetrated his own fallacy, by the false assumption of including all recessive genetics we be dedicated to "European" slave masters. My problem with that as stated is, what is the suitable calculable number of African women raped?
Who did the African males reproduce with?
Who did the bi-racial children reproduce with?
If African males mated with European women, who did these children marry?
"Hybridization also occurred with the East AfRAkan Slave Trade, too. There is a lot of Aryan, Persian and European admixtures in North AfRAkan and East AfRAkan countries."
You are extremely correct Queen, those "Berbers" (For example) that live in North Africa, are not "AFRICANS" many (if not most) look extremely "European" not all of them of course, but they as well exhibit "Asian" features, mixture of "Eurasian" genes (Caucasian), as well at holding 14% African admixture, however there are many black Berbers as well, i have witness. And we must also understand Queen, as i sure you know, that many Ethiopians and Sudanese, have that same admixture in them.
"Have you noticed how Caucasians see themselves as the 'norm' and the 'standard' while they perceive everyone else as 'ethnic' or 'other'?"
LOL!!..of course daisy, i address everything relating to this in my article. And that is the problem, the conceptualize beauty of Europeans and their lifestyle is place on pedestals; while other Races, are seen or cast as inferior, or "Uncivilized" (whatever the hell that really means?)
"The AfRAkan has always been inclusive and hospitable to 'foreigners'. We shared land and resources FREELY without bias. This SAME spirit exists within the AfRAkan no matter where he resides on the planet."
And in reality Queen, that is one of our biggest flaws, if you notice Asians are very reluctant to who they share their cultures, land, language and beliefs with. We on the other hand are bit too hospitable, passiveness had only gotten us so far, but in reality no where, right now we are still in an identity struggle for who is indeed "African", our resources, lifestyles, cultures, mathematics, have all been freely explored by those who chose to approach with a different agenda, however today we still remain in a "Passive" approach.
However the only solution to remove this "Passive" approach, is Pan-Africanism, a line will be drawn.
P.S Queen, if you get a chance or if you want? i can send you the complete ***,i typed out discussing the racial stereotype of what an "African" suppose to look like. This is what mainly half of this first article is addressing, surely you will be pleased. However if you want continue to read on my blog, however it is extremely LONG! but i had to make sure i cover every end and inch of the arguments that i am making.
Thank you sister, how have you been doing lately? i am very intrigued that you enjoyed my article, but feel free to read the full article, it is extremely long (about 13 pages), i am sure you feel please, with every argument i made regarding various topics and issues within the mindset of many African-Americans, and the media alike. This absurd notion that we are all mixed, is propaganda, by those who have never set foot into the continent, which is diverse in features, features which many of us exhibit.
People believe in order to be "Full Blood" African, you must be extremely "Dark" but that's not 100% correct, neither is it based on anthropological, or scientific data. Because not all Africans look alike, neither do we over here, there are tons of light-skin black people,o *** the continent with darker parents. I guarantee if we stand out into the sun long enough, our skin will absorb heat, dark skin is not only heritable, but it can be given from the sun. (Not to Europeans of course lol) And you are welcome sister!