Afrocentric or Afrocentrism


Afrocentrism (also Afrocentricity; occasionally Africentrism[1]) is cultural ideology mostly limited to the United States, dedicated to the history of Black people a response to global racist (Eurocentric/Orientalist) attitudes about African people and their historical contributions by revisiting this history with an African cultural and ideological center.Afrocentricity deals primarily with self-determination and African agency and is [2] an Pan-African ideology in culture, philosophy, and history.[3] It can be traced back to the work of black intellectuals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but flowered into its modern form due to the activism of black intellectuals in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and in the development of African American Studies programs in universities.”

I don’t   want to add any word to this explanation because I don’t want to distord the meaning. The meaning that we have here is so clear that we should not even continue the fight. If   a black person, woman or man, from America or elsewhere , is called to be afrocentric or practices afrocentrism and there is a problem, in my humble opinion, the answer is  neat : it is either that person does not want to be associated with Africa or African (Berceau de l’Humanite) or just does not know the meaning. It is so sad when some black people don’t want to be iditified as black from Africa. Ok let see this example: When you meet an Italien, You can tell from the color of his or her skin. If you are truly able to identify this , what do you think of? My answer is ITALIEN. Great. Consequently, when I meet a black person, my 1st reflex, is : An African . Don’t you know that ? You are black.  Take it like that or leave it. What is wrong for been an African.  Be proud of been called an African.You just don’t know what you are misssing. You know what, let me tell you this story.

When I first came to America, I lived in a duplex (one sided) and the other side was occupied by a black couple : African-American. One day, as I was going out, I met the woman. I greated her as we always do in Africa in general and particularly in Togo. She responded . Then I asked : my dear where are you from? Please do not get me wrong. I was so disappointed of the response I received. She said I am from Chicago. That was not the answer t I was expecting. Mine would have been I am an African born in America in city of Chicago. Just like in Italian will say I am from Italy  in Rome but born here in America (X city),  because my grandfather migrated some years or centuries ago. Do not hate me but this is just the real truth. Take it or leave it. it is up to you. Better state, take it ,  read and or  learn to know your origin. Let’s not live in denial. Some people are doing it already and I am proud of them. So you too can do the same.

Stay blessed my people. We are just learning , sharing to better understand who we are and how we do things the way we are doing them.

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About Mapassion5

I am a God fearing person who loves people regardless of their origin, race, culture and intellectual background, the list can go on. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4: 24 I pray the Lord Almighty to lead me by his spirit so that I may know and speak the truth at all time of my life and everywhere I am. I have the passion of taking care of people. I worked as a nursing assistant for five years taking care of elderly people. Now, I am taking care of people's beauty. I have being growing up as a mother and father to my sibling. At the moment, I am the president and co-founder of a non-profit organization: Friends of the Disadvantaged Students for Brighter Future with the mission to help students in the rural areas in Africa. Actually, we have started in Togo where I am from by paying some students school fees, school supplies and other necessary things. I believe that with God by my side, everything I dream of will come to happen. I am a Documentalist and Cosmetologist who likes to research, I love to learn, to know, to look for and discorver. I love the think before I make any decision. I love to write and to read. I am here to learn and share. Before I forget, I am a huge fan of Gospel Music. It makes my day. I feel fulfill when I sing and dance for the Lord; althought I am not a good singer neither am I a good dancer but still , I can dance for my glorious savior. Peace and Love to you all.
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