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Why Africans face serious anti-Black cruelty from Black Americans in the U.S.

June 12, 2018 at 08:15 am | Diaspora Connect

Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei | Head of Content

June 12, 2018 at 08:15 am | Diaspora Connect

Scene from Boyz n the Hood, a 1991 American teen hood drama film

It is well established that Africa is the birthplace of mankind some millions of years ago, and everyone else came from the Black continent before evolution and migration to other parts of the world.

It is also a well-established fact that every person with Black skin is of African descent.  But this hasn’t stopped Black Americans from discriminating against Africans in the United States who are often subjected to name-calling and belittling.

“Back in the day, black African booty scratcher was a normal put down amongst us. And, you could have the blackest magazines and be aintblack af. colorist af. I am over 40 and really just embracing myself. Think about that.”

This was the sentiment of a Twitter user who commented under a thread discussing the “brutal and deeply anti-Black” America where Black people call Africans “ugly”, “round faced”, “big lips”, “wide noses”, “nappy haired” because they were dark-skinned.

The Twitter user who goes by the handle @obaa_boni, started the thread and said the level of discrimination is “why dark skinned girls often go through that phase where it is only later in life that they can access desirability.”

The Ghanaian believes anti-Blackness is the reason many Black people made fun of rapper Jay Z’s lips and nose.

The thread got some reactions from other black people of direct African descent who experienced anti-Blackness in the United States.

There were other discussions on social media on the phenomenon with Black Americans neutralizing the cruel acts.

Poll Is the cruel name-calling something Africans in the U.S. should accept and move on?

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