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What is an African American? In the United States, the group has been condensed to a color: black. But now being Black no longer describes the group who are descendents of African slaves (chattle slaves) brought to America for 250 years and owned as property. The American dream for slave descendents were dimmed through KLU KLUX KLAN and Jim Crow antics and political declarations. There was much resistance to giving up on "free" labor.
American Black / African-American had a stand-alone meaning when it referred to African descendents of men and women shipped to America in chains during the trans-Atlantic slave trade (1682-1862). Now however, one million Africans have come to these shores by choice since 1965, and more than this number of recent immigrants have come from the Caribbean to become part of the United States of America population. Immigrants don’t look for (or see) the walls imposed by “jim crowism”, but rather they see windows and open portals. America is different through their eyes.
Black American slave descendent have unseen psychologic burdens. Click and see this video to better understand
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is the host of "Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio" on behalf of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net). Queen Quet will continue presenting the history of Gullah/Geechees during this episode. Learn about the stands that Gullah/Geechees have taken from the time of chattle enslavement to the human rights era. Disya da we sho-Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio!
Most of history is defined by exceedingly few events, and the works of even fewer individuals. Without men and women of bravery, stealth, and intellect, NOTHING African people of the Diaspora enjoy would exist. The punishments for such attributes were barbaric. Chattle slavery was intended to last forever, and many unsung heroes made invaluable sacrifices to fight history's worst holocaust. Additionally, people who would have died via the buckshot, hangman's noose, or barnyard fire pro