An insight into what it means to be a Black American in the United States today. One of the most intriguing but least understood diasporas in history has been the African American experience, and how that journey has changed over time. In this article I will detail for you some of the modern rules of the diasporic Black American experience, including what is expected and accepted from those who are trying to make sense out of their cultural identity as Americans.
Latest survey shows that 1 in 5 white Americans are afraid of the presence of Black People
Ever since the abolishment of slavery, the struggle to find a balance between two cultures has been obvious. From the abolitionists to Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., amongst many others, there has always been a fierce debate on what it means to be an African Diaspora American. According to Sam Fulwood III from his article “Why Mixing Race Is Still Taboo?”, he says “When blacks marry whites, they are 14 times more likely than blacks who marry blacks to move up at least one socioeconomic class.” This is an example of how it is still hard for Africans in America to create a new cultural identity without having any prejudice against them. It is also an example of how those who are torn between two cultures tend to go in the direction of the power, meaning that most African Americans will try to assimilate with the majority culture if given a chance. Those who know me, know that I am half Latino (Mexican) and half black.
There are some who see race as a way of dividing people and also promoting disunity, but I believe that there is no better time than now for our population to stand up and let it be known that we are not going anywhere nor will we ever forget what happened during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. “The African American Culture” has always been a part of American history whether people liked it or not. Black Americans have always been a part of the American identity and we will continue to be, no matter how everyone else wants us to forget.
Out of all the African ethnic groups in America, when speaking about the black experience, it is considered to be the most problematic with many people constantly asking about what it means to be Black. I believe that this is no coincidence and that it has something to do with why all y’all (yeah I said “y’all”) are having such a hard time making sense out of your cultural identity. It is no wonder that Black Americans have always been torn between two cultures.
The African American culture is full of diversity. This means that there are many behaviors and traditions that can be found in every single one of us. There has been this pressure to “assimilate” with the majority culture, but being Black is part of what makes you who you are, and you cannot give that up just because there were times when it was not accepted. The love for your motherland gives you strength and wisdom when going through challenging times, so don’t let anybody tell you what to do.