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    I mean, some people do do that--probably more a couple of decades ago than do now, because of Alex Haley.

    I think it probably depends on what image (particularly young people) have of Africa in their minds, what they know about the various countries and how connected they may feel to any part of the land or history.

    Which, if classes in US schools are anything like when I was young, is probably very little connection at all. I know far more about--and, perversely, feel more connected to--England than I do Nigeria (where my father is from, and lives still,) simply because I had that drummed into me from the time I was small. This is a reflex and in spite of any conscious learning, investigating, talking to people and so on over the years.

    I've recently been able to reconnect with the Nigerian half of my family but, still -- in media, history books, travel shows, etc., Europe is a familiar destination, Africa is a foreign, and dangerous, "country."

    Hopefully that type of thing will change as time goes by, especially for younger Black Americans, but not just yet. I

    Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat. --Audre Lorde

    by Nanette K on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:40:43 PM PDT

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