The way we got here is simple. Slavery. Slavery was if not is, the worst thing to happen to America. Not only did we partake in it but we stripped these humans of their basic rights and stripped them of their faith, and culture as if it was nothing and then if that wasn’t enough, they were forced to assimilate to a country who never had their best interests at heart. Sweet (2000) says “By using a Western yardstick to measure the kinship arrangements that African slaves created in the diaspora, scholars merely reinforce age-old Christian prejudices and obscure our understanding of the African pasts of many slaves” (p.109) The difference in the slave diaspora still effects us today as a community due to us becoming estranged from the core beliefs we used to have as a race or as Sweet (2000)says “…this comparative approach will allow us to identify and distill those core African beliefs that endured…” (p.110). And believe it or not but we as people have been conditioned to look down on our own kind, we view ourselves as “promiscuous” or look down on “homosexuality” and adopted the same religion as our oppressors. Being conditioned this way has contributed to how we view one another, not every slave in the diaspora was treated the same, some were able to hold onto their same values and beliefs and some were stripped bare but bottom line is we are “bonded together” (Berlin, 2010).
Source 3: Sweet, James H. (2000). Teaching the Modern African Diaspora: A Case Study of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Radical History Review, 2000(77), 106-122.
This source goes on to explain the difference in culture and values of the different groups who make up the Black Community. Sweet goes on to say that because the community is so versatile and made of multiple things, there isn’t one set standard due to the diaspora. Not only are we all united but we must understand that not all of us were treated the same and that’s the reasoning behind the different attitudes and mindsets of one another. Due to the diaspora and how colonists treated us, shows why we act they way we do, we were conditioned, and forced to assimilate into another culture due to how they viewed us.
This source is important because it explains in depth how we have changed from one another and how we have started to look down on one another not realizing that we all make up this one race. It goes on to say that we must acknowledge that we have been treated different and accept it instead of judging. This not only helps prove my point of the argument being tired and only a negative in our community but this also shows that we have been trained to be this way. This source helps prove my point that we were people with our own culture and Gods that we believed in but were separated and trained to hate each other.
Source 4: Berlin, I. (2010, February 01). The Changing Definition of African-American. Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-changing-definition-of-african-american-4905887/
This source goes on to to say how the diaspora has contributed to the divide between the different groups. Not only do they feel as if they didn’t contribute to some of the biggest achievements and liberation of the Black Community but because of where their ancestors originated means they aren’t impacted by it. Rather than celebrating together as a race we celebrate our own ethnic group’s holidays of independence but turn a blind eye on Juneteenth. We have over time given new definitions to the word “African American” and how black you truly can be. This source also comments on how we all have a past that “binds us together” while saying our history is still in progress.
This source is important because it shows how we started to disassociate ourselves with the world “African American” and how this has sparked debate on who the true African American is. It also shows how we aren’t as united as people think while also not accepting the dark past we have had to endure. This source shows that we are one in the same and instead of celebrating together as a community we ignore the other days as if they no longer impact us when in fact they do.