Tuesday, September 06, 2005

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two incidences defined my understanding of blackness in the world. the genoicide in rwanda and the embassy bombings in nairobi.

put everything aside. my schooling. my love for music and why i love my mom. why sunshine is my bliss and snow the dreaded kryptonite.. that i am the 2nd in my family to go to college. why my grandfather was detained in the mau mau camp. fuck everything... it doesnt matter who, what. why i am the way i am. i know im b.l.a.c.k . to many, the response to the hurricane by the government is amazing. there is shock. disbelieve. a tale of two americas.

come to africa my friend. we are not blinded by the fact we are b.l.a.c.k..thats why as variations of blackness, we cannot , cannot let others define our existance. we are from a people of rich heritage. a proud past. build on self reliance and ujama.

before i come to the states, i envied black america. with what ever images that filtered through the media, what was not to love about it... the richness of material and history. i envied every thing black america represents. the revolutionary process. the rebels in music and culture. the abundance and don't give a fuck, i'll rise again and again.

i understand though, that we in africa are not illusioned by the notion of government that will support, sustain, protect us. no.. perhaps that the separation between us. i'm not raised to believe that goverment owes me anything. i dont hold to the fact that paying taxes means my child recieves medical care. or walking through the streets as a woman, i'll be safe. i have no expectations, which equals to less dissapointment and perhaps an extra zeal to commune with others who support the dreams. at the end of the day, as my father used to say, we are black.


At September 07, 2005 2:44 AM , Blogger akiey said...

Well said Nehanda. Back home successive gov't shave proved so good at not delivering we feel no sorry in having very low expectations of them. It's time our Balck brothers & sisters in the US woke up to the same realization. I agree with you that their taxezs do not guarantee their well being.

At September 08, 2005 7:26 AM , Blogger Brown Cowrie said...

Well it's not so much paying taxes and blindly expecting things - it's about paying taxes for generation upon generation to a government that tells you tgime and again that the taxes are for your benefit. The whole irony is being marginalized and disenfranchised in a super power where your ancestors build the infrastructure - for free. That's why there is some nominal degree of expectation and the difference I see between Kenya, and the U.S.

At September 26, 2005 5:41 AM , Blogger Berry said...

Yes, your outlook certainly differs from ours. Perhaps gained from the dependence that many AAs learned from generations of "being provided for" in exchange for services. In some ways slavery never ended, I guess. Perhaps we are disillusioned as well.

At October 05, 2005 9:28 PM , Blogger The Desert Warrior said...

Love it!

At October 22, 2005 11:11 AM , Blogger Ms. World said...

I'm in agreement with Lidia. I don't think Black Americans want anything more than the average white American. I feel like people are pissed at us Black Americans because we expect America to live up to its promise which is very American in my view. Hope you are well!

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