Why Africans face serious anti-Black cruelty from Black Americans in the U.S.

Scene from Boyz n the Hood, a 1991 American teen hood drama film

It is well established that Africa is the birthplace of mankind some millions of years ago, and everyone else came from the Black continent before evolution and migration to other parts of the world.

It is also a well-established fact that every person with Black skin is of African descent.  But this hasn’t stopped Black Americans from discriminating against Africans in the United States who are often subjected to name-calling and belittling.

“Back in the day, black African booty scratcher was a normal put down amongst us. And, you could have the blackest magazines and be aintblack af. colorist af. I am over 40 and really just embracing myself. Think about that.”

This was the sentiment of a Twitter user who commented under a thread discussing the “brutal and deeply anti-Black” America where Black people call Africans “ugly”, “round faced”, “big lips”, “wide noses”, “nappy haired” because they were dark-skinned.

The Twitter user who goes by the handle @obaa_boni, started the thread and said the level of discrimination is “why dark skinned girls often go through that phase where it is only later in life that they can access desirability.”

The Ghanaian believes anti-Blackness is the reason many Black people made fun of rapper Jay Z’s lips and nose.

The thread got some reactions from other black people of direct African descent who experienced anti-Blackness in the United States.

There were other discussions on social media on the phenomenon with Black Americans neutralizing the cruel acts.

They came here and got mad at african booty scratcher, not understanding that that’s how we behave in Black American Culture. By what they used to called “playing the dozens”. It’s nothing personal.

— UNCONQUERABLE PRESENCE (@NoBeginningNoND) June 12, 2018

Calling Black Americans ‘Akatas’ is African culture nothing personal dude cause we’re not lost or looking for something

— Derrick Rhombus (@derrickrhombus) June 12, 2018

Anyone complaining about that in their adult years needs to seek therapy

— Segs (@chosenmillenial) June 11, 2018

This is stupid & insensitive, y’all must call it Black American Diaspora & leave Africa out of it downplaying childhood trauma that original Africans suffered won’t get u anywhere y’all just look’n for a easy way out now that African culture is cool again, Africans ain’t stupid.

— Derrick Rhombus (@derrickrhombus) June 12, 2018

I sooner y’all get Africa out y’all mouths the better maybe, but hey! just like childhood racism & prejudice we should just get over it

— Derrick Rhombus (@derrickrhombus) June 12, 2018

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on face2faceafrica.com

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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