Today, Black people identify very little with anything African. We tend to view Africa as our motherland, yes. Intellectually, we know we came from there as slaves, but we do not consider ourselves Africans any longer. We are African-American or African-European, etc. Thus, we view Africa as foreign. We view African countries as foreign nations, strange and different compared to our Westernized world. We have no understanding or appreciation for anything African. This is the fundamental byproduct of Post Traumatic Slave Disorder (PTSD).
In every way, African culture has been stripped from our minds. Nothing remains of Africa except our skin color which many people would like to change that as well. We have European names, wear European clothes, speak European languages, adopt European religions, and eat European foods. In nearly every facet of culture, we are Europeans and Americans by extension. Yet, not fully European or American. We are called African-American or African-European. Yet, I do not see Whites calling themselves European-Americans. They are just called Americans, right? African history we know nothing about. What we call Black History is just the history of Black peoples interactions with Whites.
We know nothing of our history before colonialism and the slave trade. Even of that we know very little. What we call Black History Month is nothing but the History of European invasion and enslavement of Africans. If we really want to talk about Black History, then we must talk about Kemet, the Kingdom of Kush, the Kingdom of Ghana, Aksum, Mali, and all the great civilizations of Africa. Yet, Black History has been limited to Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Malcom X. There is no mention of Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, and others. When they are mentioned in schools, we read about them, but never read the words they actual wrote, their books and works. What better way to learn about a man than to hear it from him himself? Yet, we only read about them through the eyes of Western History.
So now, we believe and are taught that we are descendants of slaves. Even our own Black teachers and scholars teach us that our history begins with being captured and enslaved. We see Africa today still rising from colonialism and the influence of Europe. Corruption is rampant in some countries. Yet, other countries are thriving. Regardless, even in Africa today, many countries have adopted European customs and languages as the national standard. So, this is not a problem only among Africans in America and Europe, but even within Africa herself, there are cultural identity challenges. You see, PTSS is global even in our motherland.
Therefore, when we speak of African consciousness, it's a remembrance of who we were before colonialism and the slave trade. It's remembering our true history and culture, not denying it and not considering it foreign. When we see an African, we see ourselves. Regardless of what part of the world he or she comes from, we are one. So, understand when you see music, food, language, religion, culture come from Africa, it is not foreign, but you are the one who is foreign. We were Africans before being forced into Europe and America. We are still African. Our ancestors live within us, their memories are our memories, their struggles are our struggles if only we can hear them. Through self-reflection, awareness, and consciousness, we come to remember who we are, Africans. Bring forth that which is in your genetics, your blood, your skin, your ancestral knowledge before you became European and American. For this is the key to your real freedom.
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