« on: May 09, 2007, 10:25:54 AM »
As I have been reading the exchange on pages 6 and 7, I noted that someone mentioned how African Americans don't have their own army, representation, etc. The statements awoken the devil's advocate in, and made me wonder, Why do African Americans need to have their own armies, or other things of the sort? Aren't African Americans, theoretically, supposed to be Americans? They fight in the US Army, Navy, etc. They are represented by political organizations, such as the Congressional Black Caucus. This is not to say that African Americans need to pretend they are satisfied with what little representation they have. However, it does reveal the insidious double consciousness that African Americans face....wanting to be "American", while also wanting to be recognized as a unique group that needs to be addressed differently. African American culture is so distinct from general American culture that it creates this idea of a nation within a nation. Nation building is difficult when you have divergent sects vying for respect. Look at what happened when the South wanted to secede...the Northerners went down there and quieted that storm. African Americans suffer the same treatment. The rest of America just wants African Americans to conform and be "happy" that slavery is over. But, the way I see it is that, because of the manner in which Africans became Americans, African Americans are always trying to regain claim to some semblance of ownership, sovereignty, and dignity. There was and continues to be an antagonistic relationship between the descendants of slaves and the descendants of slave owners. We have seen,or read how Caucasian Americans' anger at the ending of slavery (an anger derived from fear of losing a thriving economy) turned to hatred of the one group that had no say in what would happen to it. I hope this doesn't simplify it too much, but it is akin to a huge grudge that Caucasian Americans have against African Americans for screwing up their Utopia. This grudge does not translate to immigrants, African, West-Indian, or whatever. African Americans, and slavery are part of the dark underbelly of American History that most Caucasian Americans want to "get over." But it is difficult to get over something when you are reminded of your transgressions on a daily basis.
GREAT post!!! I agree with 97% of what you said except the part about the slave master not hating the immigrant Blacks. Because again, for the most part, it is hard to tell who is from what country, Unless identifying different regions of africa and the west indies, and most do not care. They just do not like Black people or people who are not white.