African Americans and Africans at each other’s throats over who was oppressed the most

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The long-overdue African unity and the unity of people of African descent have been impeded by foolishness including greed and selfishness of leadership, ignorance, lack of education and poverty which is the real root of all evil.

At the individual level, people are engaging in divisive arguments over who has the best colonial language and recently, who was the most oppressed – Africans or African Americans.

The latter was a debate on Twitter after a user who goes by the handle @sacajareefa tweeted: “AFRICANS GOT TO CHILL WITH THE “N” WORD. YOU DONT GOT THAT PASS JUS CAUSE UR BROWN. WE DONT HAVE THE SAME HISTORY”.

This tweet that suggests Africans had a different oppression in the days of slavery opened a can of worms especially when the slaves transported to the Americas and Europe were Africans taken from their families and communities in Africa.

This is one of the arguments that take away focus from the urgent issue of demanding equal rights, justice and fairness, if possible, reparation for the damage caused to an entire race that is hurt and still being abused by the descendants and laws of white oppressors.

Isn’t it about time the viral issues are centred on rights of black people and the needed unity that will bring about a much stronger tie and a powerful voice?

Here are some reactions to the foolish tweet that is going viral and getting succinct responses.

This article written by Ismail Akwei was first published on

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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