Someone once said, “you never know you are black till you leave the shores of Africa”, and in my experience growing up in both Ghana and the U.S., there has never been a truer statement.
Many Africans are not aware of the experience of Black people in the Diaspora, especially that of African Americans in the U.S. In fact, some Africans are so far removed from experiences of systematic/institutional racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, among others, that out of naivete or ignorance, they do not realize that some of the questions they ask of African-Americans are insensitive and are born out of misinformation.
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Just as we wrote the article, ‘Top 10 ridiculous questions Africans get asked in the U.S.‘ in an effort to shed light on Africa and Africans for those outside of the continent, we hope this article will shed light on issues of importance to African Americans and Africans to help bridge the gap of misunderstanding between the two groups.