Plantation Negroes: The Audacity of African American Arrogance
by Yvette Carnell
As African- Americans, it’s easy for us to think that black people scattered across the diaspora share our outlook. I mean, we’re all black right? So shouldn’t it follow that the views of the black diaspora outside of America should somewhat align with that of African Americans? Don’t Nigerians, Jamaicans, and black Brits support President Obama? Cheer on his symbolic victories?
Sadly, that notion couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many people of African descent view African-Americans, and their first *black* president, as either paid stooges,or people too obtuse to think critically about policies which impact black people globally.
This from the Afrospear blog:
As I discussed in my previous post: “African American Arrogance“, those of us of African descent outside of the USA are painfully well aware that “Black Americans are still Americans”. Most embody the American imperialistic worldview and display their American arrogance in their dealings with other people of color. It is therefore no surprise that African Americans make up a significant portion of the US armed forces and have no problem doing their patriotic duty by invading and killing other Black and Brown people for the glory of American Corporate Imperialism. In fact, the first commander of AFRICOM, created by President George W. Bush on the recommendation of then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to militarily recolonize Africa for American interests, was an African American, General William E. “Kip” Ward.
What black Americans don’t seem to grasp is that what’s best for America isn’t usually what’s best for the African diaspora. As the author makes abundantly clear, most African-Americans aren’t thinking geopolitically, and can’t think outside of their blind adoration for Obama.
Anyway, check out the entire article. It’s good to listen to voices of people outside the American echo chamber.
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