Good day Lovelies!!
Having a good week?Today I wanted to touch on a controversial topic that I have been mulling over and have been reading up on in USA and UK based blogs.
"Your Africa is showing" is a statement that is used to address an African American woman who is looking overtly African by leaving their "nappy" hair too nappy or unkempt. This is a derogatory statement!A example of where such a statement could be used is when for example a Black female lawyer in a typically smart law firm goes to work in a suit, briefcase but has her hair in a little afro. Her black colleague would state that "Girl!, your Africa is showing" not as a snide remark but almost as a concern in an environment where she is supposed to fit in with straight hair, pencil skirt and heels.
When I read this for the first time, I gave the statement no thought at all. However now I think about it, it is a huge insult. Going back, African Americans have always struggled with their identity and subsequent discrimination maybe to a bigger extent than Africans. Their way of fitting in to society has always been to hide their "Africanness" whether by wearing weaves, adopting a western culture or even shunning any links to Africa. Upon meeting an African, an African American will probably notice the differences rather than similarities in culture and appearance with the African. Just watch the video below called breaking down the black myth, with interviews done in Harlem, New York with Africans, Mixed Race Americans and African Americans. ( I love the Tanzanian guy who has lived in America for quite a few years judging by his accent)
Your Africa is showing when it comes to hair goes to say that your nappy hair is showing, your unattractive kinky hair is showing. I know this may sound harsh and please correct me via comments if I am wrong. As an African through and through, Kenyan to be exact this implies that we Africans are ugly and not appealing in appearance, that we are not smart enough, that we are backward and a bunch of natives. Africans unfortunately have always been thought of to have big/thick lips, dark skin and hard, unmanageable hair. This to some has been seen as negative traits but to others as beautiful, awe inspiring and positive characteristics. As an African woman, its hard not to think that your hair is not good/straight enough, your skin not brown/light skinned enough, your lips too thick, your ass to big, your nose too wide!
I think that we should use "Your Africa is showing" as a term of endearment, that your proud culture is showing, your beautiful heritage is showing, your humanity is showing! Use this to complement each other to get rid of that image that black Africa is ugly! What do you guys think?
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Your Africa is showing!