I have Nigerian-American friends (Black Africans).
The reason I love them is because they appreciate and love their roots and where they come from. It amazes me seeing a culture different than the American one I live.
What I hate? How they put Black Americans beneath them.
They (my Nigerian friends, solely) claim Black Americans as Akatas .An Akata, as explained to me, is basically an uncultured Black person not born in Africa.
They say Black Americans are too Americanized. They hold no morals, they’re thugs, and gangsters. They don’t have a “home-language”; all they know is English and the occasional Spanish and French.
It’s not a Black Americans fault that they were born in America, where English is predominant. Just as it’s not a Black Africans fault that they were born in Africa where a particular dialect is predominant.
People are all ready divided as races (unfortunately), why must we divide as cultures also?
To me, Black Americans aren’t uncultured, they just hold a different culture than Black Africans. I don’t know why, but people think that just because you’re Black, you must belong to Africa, or because you’re White, you must belong to Europe, or because you have Mestizo blood, you must belong to Latin America.
That makes no sense. The case should be: I’m human, I belong to the world.
I’ve never understood the whole Black African versus Black American thing because one is not better nor worse than the other. Yes, they are both different and unique, but to be classified upon whose culture is better or worse, doesn’t work well with me.