Mr. Hosein: I understand your frustration, especially when the only responses, to this obvious polemic, from a people who have abdicated all responsibility for their collective existence, is to sight meaningless and in some cases shameful and incorrect abstracts.
For instance, the net worth of the top two billionaires on Forbes annual listing is a combined U.S. $90 billion. (See link) Compare Mr. Marsden's claim " Since 1997 there have been 823,500 black owned businesses, employing 718,300 people and generating 71.2 billion US dollars. These include asset management, advertising agencies, the largest auto dealership in the south, and the number one Cocoa-Cola bottling works. There is also 100 Banks, and 48 savings and loan, and the Johnson owned media, Ebony Magazine and BET, plus Harpo Productions owned by Oprah Winfrey." Commendable individual achievements for those members of this club, but shameful as evidence of overall African-American success.
Then there is the misguided Dog-Heal! McTavish who erroneously states that "...Hip- hop...started in the streets of New York by a person or people of African decent."
The Hip-Hop genre has its roots in Jamaican Rockers. In addition, there is a new music group from Mali, Africa, who could argue creative rights, since they proceed from an original line of "Griots." The late Louis Armstrong, was the last American born African to create an original musical form, to him, we owe jazz, swing and consequently rock 'n' roll. He was a product of the segregated south.
Like residents of the Sea Islands off South Carolina, most Diaspora Africans speak the language of their former slave masters with a distinctive African syntax. Linguists have long bestowed language status on the dialect of Gullah or Geechee, whose culture unlike that of mainland African-Americans has maintained almost all its African flavor. (See link)
The same linguistic rules are found in the Haitian Creole, the Jamaican and Trinidadian dialects. The dialects of African-Americans possess this familiar characteristic. This quote by McTavish, "Americanised Africans speak "English" or try to speak something that uses some English words but has weird pronunciations in some cases. In becomming Americanised, they have in their/ our situation not been able/ allowed to retain any cultural links with their tribes in Africa. The reason why I brought up language is because it is my beleif and possibly fact that language is a huge part of culture." underscores his self-contempt, if he is an African identified American.
The links to our shared ancestry are there for those with an inclination or interest. Valuing one's own puts one on the path of self-respect and self-accomplishment. The truth is that for too many westernized people of color, nothing has value unless sanctioned by "Whitey."
Mr. Hosein in answer to your question "When will it end?" it ends when you start taking responsibility for your own life. If the Afro-Caribbean islands are looking to Afro-Americans to lead them to the Promised Land, they will be sorely disappointed. A unified Caribbean will do much more for Diaspora Africans than ten million African-American, athletes, entertainers, doctors, lawyers and preachers. It is within your reach, for fortunately you have a much more discerning and engaged electorate. If the example of Hugo Chavez is lost on Caribbean leaders, it will not be lost for long on the citizens of the Caribbean.
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