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    Posted: Jul 27 2014 at 11:58am
So, I was watching the Black in Latin America PBS series yesterday. Very interesting and I learned so much.

But while observing the various cultures, I kept wondering - what happened to the African culture with African Americans? Black Cubans, Dominicans, Haitians, Brazilians, etc. You see it in their music, their foods, religious beliefs etc. What happened with us?

As an AA, I don't have any ties with African traditions. Even when I'm around African friends and their families, it feels foreign to me. The documentaries yesterday made me sad. I would love to have the rich culture of my ancestries apart of my daily living. Stories I can pass on to my children.

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I am not really sure what you mean? Are you saying as an African American you don't feel like you have a culture? or are you saying that you don't feel any relation to your (*Nigerian friends) or whatever type of African when you are in their home or at the dinner table etc.

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For me traveling to other parts of the world helped me to see my African *American-ness, the hardest part about being identifying your own culture is the fact that you are immersed in it all the time.
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TBH their enslavement was not the same and their enslavers were not the same.....plus afro latins have a high coonage rate.....they will deny that same african blood that is so evident in their features and culture.....
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aa's were killed and tortured to set an example for others for even speaking their native tongues
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AA have culture: its in our faith/worship,food our music our style our hair, dance, our politics, our history etc.- there are somethings that you just can't take away

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Originally posted by naturesgift naturesgift wrote:

I am not really sure what you mean? Are you saying as an African American you don't feel like you have a culture? or are you saying that you don't feel any relation to your (*Nigerian friends) or whatever type of African when you are in their home or at the dinner table etc.


yes this.
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Originally posted by mizzsandra00 mizzsandra00 wrote:

TBH their enslavement was not the same and their enslavers were not the same.....plus afro latins have a high coinage rate.....they will deny that same african blood that is so evident in their features and culture.....


Yeah, that was interesting to me. I've seen it in person as well.
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I grew up with strong culture influence s and slave culture being near Charleston the biggest port for slave delivery and a strong geechee Gullah culture.
A big part of Gullah culture was retaining as much of Africa as possible while coping with life in a new place hence the language mix, teachings,dress...

Me and my little sister were talking about it the other night .


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Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

aa's were killed and tortured to set an example for others for even speaking their native tongues


Yes, this is true. But didn't they do that in every country? Especially after the success of the Haiti uprising.


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