Who are we, what's the difference, and why should it matter what we're called? Although we are members of the same race and share the burdens that come with that distinction, the interests of Africans that migrate to America (African Americans) are more closely aligned to the interests of Mexican immigrants which conflict with the interest of Afro Americans. As Afro Americans our interests appear to be more closely aligned to Puerto Ricans of similar social stigmas, with whom we get along much better than with Africans living in America. I know how that sounds but I'm not Rod Serling and you have not entered the Twilight Zone.
If you don't know who you are you can't possibly know what your interests are and if you don't know what your interests are its impossible to properly distinguish the difference between friend or foe. Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War, "...if you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained, you will suffer defeat." We have fought the good fight at every call, the presidential election of 2012 being the latest. We put more Black faces in high places than Dr. King could've imagined. Guess we've reached that mountain top huh? If you guessed yes guess again.
After our ancestors we're dispersed abroad from the shores of Africa in chains to be sold as slaves across the globe, those that survived the “Middle Passage,” were forcibly stripped of they're culture and compelled through the generations that followed to adopt the culture of their captives. This much and more we already know, right? So that being the case it's reasonable to assume that succeeding generations of the descendents of this unfortunate lot would be the result of merging cultures, Africans and Americans, Africans and Portuguese, Africans and Australians, Africans and Brazilians, Africans and Colombians, Africans and Cubans, etc. The human product of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the step children of the world. Being native to neither but recognizing both. Blacks in America chose the term African American. But now across the globe the dispersed relatives of their African ancestors chose the term Afro Cubans, Afro Brazilians, Afro Swedes, Afro Australians, Afro Colombians, etc. By choosing the more appropriate “Afro” prefix they acknowledge the connection to their enslaved ancestors and their current nationalities. Why this has eluded us here in America is a mystery to me.
Now why is this important? Because it encapsulates the history of our kind from chattel to champions and all the ugliness in between while positively identifying who we really are. By using the prefix “African” rather than “Afro” we not only isolate ourselves from the rest of our kind we also mistakenly align ourselves with others of dissimilar interests when in truth our natural allies would be the dispersed who share with us that common history. Right now we align ourselves through the machinations of Black Democratic leadership with “minorities” here in America. That includes, Africans, Mexicans, Dominicans, Hindus, Asians, women, gay and lesbian groups, illegal immigrants, etc. Most of whom, including the Africans, are all too willing to disassociate themselves from us without provocation or hesitancy. All of whom having interests that conflict with ours at varying points to varying degrees, which means in fighting the battle of the “minorities” we are working against our own best interest more times than not, leaving us too heavily invested in other people battles and thinking we are defending our interests.
Affirmative Action: it is said that the group that benefits most from Affirmative Action is White women. If that's the case why are we rallied into a frenzy every time its threatened? This is not our battle.
Immigration: before the mass migration of millions of Mexican immigrants, Afro Americans were the majority minority which afforded us a little more political clout. After the mass migration we no longer enjoy that title nor the clout that came with it. Before the mass migration that included Africans, Asians and others, Cook County Hospital was able to offer more services to the poor and needy in our community, since the mass migration a lot of those services have been cut and more cuts are coming as most of the immigrants are unable to pay for the services they receive and the system can't bare it. This is not our battle and it conflicts with our own interests.
Women Rights: Among other things that made partners competitors in the home and at work, fought for special attention being afforded to girls in schools which has left our Afro American sons neglected and falling too far behind. This is not our battle and it conflicts with our own interests
There are many, many, many more ways in fighting the battle of the minorities we have injured our own cause. Sun Tzu also wrote in The Art of War, “ If you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” As I stated above, the only way to properly distinguish between friend or foe is to follow “your own” interest at all times. Not the party nor the politician. This does not mean refusing to compromise. But if there is gonna be a compromise it has to be mutually beneficial to the interest of both parties. Not at the expense of the one over the other which seems to be the modus operandi of the Black influence peddlers that broker these agreements in favor of others at the expense of Afro Americans. The interest of Afro Americans matter and are tied interchangeably to the interests of Afro Cubans, Afro Australians, Afro Colombians, Afro Brazilians, Afro Swedes, etc. Although we may be a minority here, as Ali Muzri said in his PBS series “The Africans”, The sun never sets on the sons and daughters of... (The Atlantic Slave Trade).