Waarom Sommige Afrika-Amerikaners gaan nie na Afrika…
Afro-Amerikaanse hip hop-kunstenaar Nas, gereageer het op 'n vraag in 2008: Hoekom doen Afro-Amerikaanse Hip-hop-kunstenaar nie verrig in Afrika. Sy antwoord is dat ons almal moet aandag te skenk aan om vorentoe te beweeg en die Verenigde.
“Kom ons direk na. Mense is bang, there’s horror stories about Africa that is out of the world…daar is horror stories wat bang mense gaan na Afrika voor hip-hop was om”, Aan die.
Is hierdie stigma van vrees oor gaan na Afrika bestaan nog steeds onder baie Afro-Amerikaners en die Afrika diaspora?
There was a time when we all believed almost everything we heard through the media. We can agree that the old media such as newspaper and TV played a major role in polluting our minds with stereotypes and fear that has separated us for years. Maar met die bestaan van sosiale media-platforms soos Facebook en YouTube, one can only make an assumption that the fear and negative perception that has kept many African-Americans from going to Africa would have been reduced by far, maar is dit werklik so?
Miljoene van die foto's, musiek en video's op die internet opgelaai daagliks deur individue wat in Afrika woon, exposing the other side of Africa which is beautiful and welcoming. However the horror images are still embedded in the memories of many African-descendants living in the diaspora. This got me thinking about how much damage this had caused inside us African American? Ons het 'n ernstige probleem aan die hand, a psychological battle which continuous to haunt us and separate us Africans and African-Americans regardless of how much we try to get close to each other. A battle that we have not come out triumphant yet, a battle we have to uproots from the bottom up. Just us Nas clearly stated “een ding oor ons Afro-Amerikaners en Afrikaners,ons kommunikeer nie ,Ons praat nie, we do not see a reason to talk”
“Afrikaners hou nie van Afro-Amerikaners op alle, hulle kyk op ons neer, hulle het hul eie klein rasse-name vir ons” this strong statement is commonly stated among many of us African-Americans even to the unknown individual who has not come in contact with an African living in Africa. Ironies genoeg is wanneer dit kom by ons Afrikaners wat in Amerika, a similar statement is visible: “Afro-Amerikaners dont like die Afrikaanse, they look down upon Africans and call us all sorts of names”. Sometimes it does feel as if we of African descent are still cursed with slavery; Slawerny van die verstand, slawerny van die skeiding van mekaar, slavery with the idea that we are better than the other brother or sister. We are lost and need to remind ourselves that WE ARE ONE PEOPLE, Een familie, van One Africa, plain en simpel. Dit is tyd dat ons bymekaar kom om mekaar te erken en te help ontwikkel mekaar. Niemand gaan vir ons dat die reg om te doen, maar ons self.
Afro-Amerikaners moet begin sien Afrika as die huis en maak dit 'n poging om Afrika te besoek, preferably with an African friend and not just as a tourist to overcome the fear and feel at home. Africans living abroad need to make it an effort to be more open and engaging outside their communities as their actions also represent Africans living in Africa. Egter, Ek sal duidelik wees oor hierdie, Afrika is 'n groot kontinent en nie' n land en die mense het verskillende kulture en oortuigings, sodat ons kan nie oordeel nie 'n hele kontinent of selfs' n land wat gebaseer is op 'n ervaring met' n ander. Elke jaar het ek het dit 'n poging om iemand saam met my huis toe te neem in Ghana-Afrika sodat hulle kan ervaar wat hulle nooit geweet,”Home”. I dare you that when you come to Africa not as a tourist you will leave Africa knowing in your heart that you have a home and a family in Africa.
It was very pleasing to hear Nas say that outside his music career he went to Africa for his birthday. African-American artists that come to Africa spend a day or two ought to try and stay a bit longer to explore home. Die maak vinnig geld, strictly business, geen verband met die moederland, peace out and bounce mentality upsets me because they are the voice that we the people listen to and follow. And if the voice can’t see then what can it say. For the entertainers that take full advantage of their trip to Africa and stay longer, geneig is om diegene wat kry aangeraak te doen, soos Jesaja Washington, Ludarcris, Alicia Keys, 50sent en Jayz.
In 'n ideale wêreld, every individual would have an opportunity to visit African and make their own judgement on the continent. Ongelukkig, this isn’t the world we live in and the majority of individuals based their perception of Africa from what they see and listen from the media. It’s time for the media to take responsibility, speak the truth and for individuals to educate themselves to know the difference between true reality and what is not.