Africa is NOT a Country!

The media and schooling have done a great job discounting the countries in Africa by continually referring to them as a collective “Africa”.  When European countries are discussed, their names are mentioned like France, Germany and Italy.  Or, when Asian countries are discussed, names like China, Japan and India are mentioned.  When African country names are mentioned, they’re usually being portrayed in a negative light.  Why not give African countries the same respect as other countries?  Africa is, after all, the world’s 2nd largest continent with 54 countries.  Not to mention, it’s said to be the birthplace of humanity.  Could it have something to do with the brown skin of a majority of the people?

I say yes, and this same disrespect of brown-skinned people is taking place in America by classifying us all as African-Americans.  Generalizations, such as this, lead to a diminishment of value.  To say you’re from Africa, is to say you’re from anywhere in Africa – a man without a country.  Africa is a continent.  How can we be from a whole continent?  It’s laughable and diminishes who we are!  If we don’t think enough of ourselves to determine our origin, then how do we expect others to give us the respect we deserve?

Know Better:  This video is from the perspective of a Ghanaian sister.

Do Better:
With the amount of information available to us today, there is no longer an excuse to remain in the dark about who we are.  If your research reveals your ancestors originated in America, then you are American.  If your research reveals your ancestors descended from the continent of Africa, then make it your business to determine which country.

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4 thoughts on “Africa is NOT a Country!

  1. One of the great challenges, perhaps the greatest challenge is to nurture awareness, then to exercise it each moment of consciousness…

    Fearing the shadows, mortality, differences, and the fear of the unknown are all addressed with greater awareness, with knowledge, as in: a stranger can become a friend …

    Some have a habit; often unaware of it, it is never addressed with conscious awareness and becomes a bias or a hatred to be avoided and feared, then demonized, and dehumanized, and persuasive justification to attack with the label “enemy”.
    This does not happen in conscious awareness.

    Exercising awareness is a important effort and valuable skill to be nurtured in self and shared with others.

    Thank you for being here, and thank you for sharing!
    LOVE & Wholeness

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    1. I agree with your comments and appreciate you sharing them with me and the rest of the readers. The task of waking up the masses is daunting at times and I wonder if anyone is listening. But, I’m inspired by the Starfish story which goes something like this: An old man walks on a beach littered with dying starfish that were washed ashore by a storm. He sees a young man picking them up and throwing them back into the water. The old man asked him why he was even wasting his time because he wasn’t saving enough to make a difference. Then as the young man picked up another starfish and threw it back into the water he said,”I made a difference to that one.”

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