What difference does it make, Africans were enslaved ?!
“Anti-AA attitudes are already a big issue in the worldwide Black community, and it seems that the erasure of African Americans in films ABOUT African Americans is becoming a part of it.”
That doesn’t answer your question?
- Admin C
If anything anti-Blackness is a global problem is what I meant
Really!!!!…that’s all you found to complain about that the leads of the movie are Africans and not African-Americans….Really!!!??….Why don’t you also complain that the director is not AA while you’re at it??…Did it occur to you that maybe Africans revere their ancestors who were forcefully taken to far away lands in a different and special way that lends a certain reverence to how they view slavery and portray it?? Have you noticed that No African or any other Black person in the diaspora will let you call them the “N..” word?….You know why?…Because their ancestors were stolen from their land and those who remained on the Motherland went through colonization by European powers and throughout that tumultuous history, that word was a potent insult used to dehumanize them just because of the color of their skin…That word was an insult and they fought for their independence so that that word is never again uttered to call them…An African will beat the crap out of you for calling them that word and so do many Black People in the diaspora (West Indies…etc…)…One question: Why haven’t a AA director attempted to make this kind of movie since Alex Haley made Roots, huh?? Because it is too uncomfortable but if you don’t face your discomfort, it will always hold you back instead of freeing you and propelling you forward….Can we complain about something that actually advances lives???….SMH
I wasn’t even sure what the argument in the confession was. But I’m gonna assume it’s more black people who haven’t found solidarity.
The argument is that 12 Years A Slave featured non American Black people, which makes sense.
Let’s be real….if the actors in that film and the director of it were American black, they wouldn’t have won shit. Their distance from this (meaning they ain’t black americans suffering the systematic impacts of slavery) and their “exoticness” allows them to speak about this, as well as the assumption that slavery happened so long ago.
Fruitvale station was about modern violence, directed by american black person, starred an american black person….no love for it at all.
I hear people trying to shut down the argument of this distance between being american/non-american black as self hate, but nah…it’s a reality. If you’re African, rather than “African-American,” you can speak about race in America because you’re seen as distanced from it. I can embrace people from Africa and know that we are seen and treated differently in this country. side-step that genocide and slavery, and you can get a lot of validation from whiteness
Lmao but the fact is… Real slaves WERE African people.
Not “African Americans”
So “African Americans” just sprung from the ground out of nowhere and are not a unique ethnicity?
The term African American itself encompasses people who are the descendants of the native Africans who were brought to America as slaves. Eventually native African cultures were whipped out of slaves by white masters and a new culture (African American culture) was birthed from suppressed African roots and the influence of life as a slave in America.
Yeah, a “fresh off the boat” slave from Africa was still a native African (or as many put it, a “real African”), but his/her great-great-grandchildren that were born in America would not have been native Africans. They would be the descendants of slaves, raised in a new, unique culture; they would have been African American.
"Real slaves" (what does that even imply?) were both African and African American, that all just depended on if you came off the boat of if you came from someone who came off the boat.
- Admin C
I’m not terribly upset by other people of African descent in the making 12 Years A Slave. However, WTF does “Real slaves WERE African people” mean? Like, that don’t make sense. Someone needs to go back to Start, not collect $200, and read 12 Years A Slave because Solomon Northrup was an African-American…