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African American (Studies) v. Black Lives Matter

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Nov 2, 2022 at 02:38

Living as a college student myself (City College of New York) through the 1960's I distinctly recall the vocabulary revolution regarding the form slave-racism victim cohort transformation:

From "colored" to "negro." From "negro" to "black." From "black" to "Afro-American." From "Afro-American" to "African American."

However, I noticed a regression during the Obama and Biden eras back to "black" as in "Black Lives Matter/"
Henry Louis Gates Jr., a true scholar of that time research the roots of African Americans by tracing them to their countries. And I thought, or imagined, that just as the Jews connected to their roots in Israel, their would a similar symbiotic relationship to roots in West Africa. Boy was I wrong! African American Studies is in fact better named Black Studies precisely because it has little or no connection to the numerous modern countries from which the American "Black" slaves were captured and sold. These studies are primarily aimed to victimize or glorify the experience of this significant American cohort more by mythologizing the past than to connect to the counties from which African Americans come (or were capture). So I've taken it upon myself to list the countries from which African Americans, who now call themselves Black, come from, or have their roots:


1. Senegal

2. Gambia

3. Guinea-Bissau

4. Mali

West Central Africa

5. Angola

6. Congo,

7. Democratic Republic of Congo

8. Gabon


9. Ghana

10. Ivory Coast


11. Nigeria

12. Cameroon


13. Liberia


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