I agree with this 100%
If you are just focusing on the hair, you should read what the other person wrote as an opinion. I used braids as an example
I read it. I can't argue with you about dashikis because it is not "our" culture. I am American I dont know what tribe my ancestors came from so if I wore a dashiki I might be wearing something that had no connection to my ancestors. I think they are cute, but I can admit it is cultural appropriation
To be honest, I hate the term "cultural apppropriation" even if you are right
Some even wear fake dashikis and they don't even realize it
Yeah, I even see the short tight polyester ones that are supposed to be short dresses being sold at hair stores. I'm like "ok i dont think this is what the Africans had in mind" lol
Lol I think we Africans (the reasonables ones) can understand where you guys are coming from but the ones who don't get along with some of y'all are the ones that don't even get along with some of us. You think all Africans are united? That's all lie. We are as divided as you for political reasons
So you guys have class issues and issues with people from other countries too? I guess we have that in common lol. I saw this hashtag #ifafricawasaschool and they were teasing each other but going in on the north Africans lol. do you consider north Africans, africans? like moroccans, egyptians, etc?
Yes of course!! Some don't see themselves as Africans but I appreciate people from Morroco & Algeria a lot
And we do. Girl, it's so complicated & that's why we have so many wars about it
Multiple African Cultures*
No it's not. Your ties with African had been broken a long time ago! And dashikis aren't only our traditional clothes you know?
Then some of you will make fun of an actual African which is being hyprocritical
I know that. The ties weren't broken willingly. We are a stolen people, and they forcibly removed all aspects of our culture from us. The majority of black Americans did not voluntarily abondon their roots.
It would be hypocritical. But I think that's because of the antiblack attitude of society and classical condition of the American black community to denounce blackness and everything associated with it. Nowadays black people are rejecting that and becoming more and more pro black while wanting to connect with their roots and wanting to find exactly where they come from. I know I do.
But your roots aren't African. You don't speak any African language, you don't eat any of our traditional foods, you only know dashikis which is like 1% of our whole culture, don't know any African artists nor the way our parents raise us and why. Yet you ignore which ethinicity we are (it's all in our names too)
Our ancestors did though and we come from our ancestors, therefore it is our roots. I actually take the time to look into that sort of thing. I know that dishikis aren't the only aspect of African culture. African culture is so diverse that I can't even begin to list everting associated with it. Personally I do not ignore the specifics regarding African culture. Nigerian culture isn't the same as Ghanian culture and the cultures may not even be constant across the country. But, yes I agree that it would be hypocritical if the people who did ignore those things and wore it just for fashion and it wouldn't be right. I haven't even tried anything like that myself because I would feel right if I didn't know enough about the significance of what I wanted to wear.
But what about your parents and grandparents? Aren't they Americans themselves?
Of course. It could go back as far as 1619 when the first African slaves were brought to Jamestown.
I see that you disagree but that's just how I see things. I mean no disrespect.
I don't really disagree. I'm trying to understand
Okay, I understand.
The other one seem pretty uptight about it (which I'm about to hate)
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They want project bein African, which is fine, abut it's hypocritical to Wear them and know nothing if their origin.
I should have said ignorance. It's like my people wearing Native American dress andNot knowing anything about. To know your culture is to respect it.
Ohh okay & yeah I agree