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Across Borders

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"Grant that we may realize it is the little things in life that create differences; in the big things in life we are one"   NACWC Creed   Attending a Historically Black University has opened my eyes to so many different types of people and cultures that have taught me the importance cultural tolerance. Being an African American woman, I understand the apprehensions of being in an environment where you are surrounded by peers who expect you to think, speak, and act a certain way. Individuality is discouraged when misunderstood. Although there are a number of cultural phenomena to explore, the one that evades my understanding at every turn is the African v. African American subject.   I have studied the origins of life, religion, and empires and have come to admire the resillience of African people. I know that my history derives from those beginnings. Every African man or woman I have ever met had an amazing work ethic and a strong will to stick to moral and ethical foundations. Knowing the history of what turmoil the entire continent experienced in terms of colonialism and monopolization of almost every resource Africa boasts makes me feel a connection with that history becuase I  realize that African Americans were not the only group of black people to be disenfranchised; however, I have realized that many Africans view African Americans as a group of people who have no connection to them regardless of the clear historical background regarding slavery. To many, African Americans are lazy, immoral creatures who come from broken families and have little success in establishing strong legacies. We are considered to have no concept of self worth or value. I have sat and listened to a man from the Congo tell me that black people don't succeed because they want handouts, they can't stay out of the liquor store, and they are lazy. I have been told by a Nigerian that his family would not accept me because I am American. He even told me that most African men only date American girls for sexual indulgence. A man from Ghana spent an hour explaining to me that the emotional reactions expressed verbally by  African American women are overwhelming and not worth the trouble. Knowing this all makes my heart cry because in the grand scheme of things we all have been robbed of our identity and cultural pride.   I…

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