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The context difference between “Black American” vs. “Afro/African American.”

I want to bring to the table to the African Diaspora, but mostly getting the attention of any person who refers to themselves as “Black” within the African Diaspora. There are African communities within the African Diaspora that still hold onto our African roots, culture, fashion, food, and identify themselves as Afro/African and not Black.

There’s a clear distinction between the words “Black” and “African.”

They do not mean the same, and they are not synonyms.

The term “black” is an English word from English grammar that represents a color description. The term “African,” also in the English context, is a race of people from the African continent, to those currently living in Africa and those shipped to America, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Your wondering why I’m writing an article on the context difference between the words “Black” and “Afro/African.” Let’s quickly go over some English grammar since I’m writing in English. The term “black” is a color, which means it is describing something in color context. Technically, the word “black” is an adjective. However, modern-day humans in the United States of America are capitalizing the color term “black” to “Black,” now seemingly trying to make it a noun, something that describes a person, place, or thing.

In the United States, we don’t capitalize on the other colors of the rainbow in English grammar. Since we still call two race groups by color, Black & White Americans. We don’t capitalize on the following different colors: red, green, yellow, purple, brown, or blue because we don’t associate these colors with humans.

The word black in context reads basically a color perspective. Even though forth righteous, those who identify with black have only learned it from their parents, grew up saying their black with friends, watched media talk about race in black & white context, and hearing other people around them.

Suppose you’ve seen my blog profile picture. You will notice I’m dark tone, brown chocolate skin tone, but maybe in your perspective, you may see me as a Black woman. I am not! I don’t see my race identity and people as Black people. If people within the Black community use the line, “I don’t know where my ancestors come from, I don’t know what tribe I’m from, or I haven’t learned anything about Africa.”

Your putting excuses toward your truth in your mind, soul, and heart.

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The word “African” in context represents a human being from the African continent, even those taken during the Atlantic & Arab slave trade eras. The word African is, respectively, a noun and an adjective. It’s describing a person of African descent and relating to the continent of Africa. Many Africans within the African Diaspora, especially in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and Brazil, recognize their identity as black rather than express their identity as Afro/African, even if you weren’t born on the African continent.

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The touchy subject that so-called, Black Americans need to have and will hopefully learn to research and accept their African identity. It’s by acknowledging, recognizing, speaking, and writing in Afro/African identity, en Espanol Africano (masculine)/Africana (feminine) /Afrocito (m.)/Afrocita (f.)

I am about challenging Black and White American identity in the United States because it’s part of the racism problem even though you may not believe so. It’s part of the problem of not telling my people the truth; instead, giving us prejudice racial terms to identify the African race.

I ask those African-Americans who identity as Black to ask themselves if you are the color black truly. Think of color in the context of our race. Look at yourself in a mirror and ask yourself again, “Am I a black human being?” If you look at your hair and you look at your skin. Our hair is black, and our skin is brown. If it doesn’t match, then it’s not true. I would reconsider if it did match. I know, for sure, Black Americans are not Black, Colored People, or People of Color.

We are descendants of African nations & tribes, and yes, we are descendants of African slaves shipped to America. But more than ever, our people come from Africa, and we should respect that. Saying black does not respect or dignify your African human self. It demeans your human self to a color that is not even the skin tone’s right color name.

You are Africans living in the United States.

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I know and understand that the African governments never came back for their people after the slavery era. They also had their own issues while African Americans were handling their own in America. The beauty of YouTube and African Ancestry is watching African Americans take their homecoming trips back to Africa. When you visit Africa, you’ll receive race & cultural history tours, market tours, food history, city, tribal, and national history, and adventure excursions. It’s totally worth your human life experience to re-experience something we lost by going to travel to Africa.

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AfroEspiritu / AfroEsprit / AfroSpirit / AfroEspirito

Hey ya'll, My name is Espe Ndombe, currently residing in Aromas, CA. I work in the culinary and the digital marketing industry. Right now, my career is heading toward full-time work in digital marketing. I'm building a digital ad agency called Earthian Digital Marketing. The mission is to target small businesses and develop digital marketing strategies & techniques to elevate the business profits and awareness. I love to cook West African food, American food, Italian, and Chinese food are my favorites. I'm hoping to create a West African food pop up event next year. Besides being a cook, I love to dance, watch action/comedy/drama movies, gardening, and having a good time on planet Earth.

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