Introduction to African
Introduction to African AAS 1020
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The African Diaspora What is meant by the concept of the African diaspora The African diaspora is based upon a globalized notion of blackness the african diaspora as community and identity Those who identity as black and see a relation between themselves and others in the Black diaposra De nition Diaspora is a Greek word meaning dispersal African diasopra a label that is used to describe the dispersed people removed exiled from a common territorial geographic origin Africa Over the years there have been various manifestations that have been associated with what we call the historical dimensions of the African diaspora 1 Backto African movement initiated by Garvey 2 Pan Africanism 3 Black Nationalism 60s and 70s 4 Afrocentricity 80s 81 908 the actual term African diaspora emerged in the 1950s tjat was used in scholarly debates much of this early scholarship on the African diaspora examined 1 the dispersal of people of African descent 2 their role in the transformation and creation of new cultures institutions and ideas outside of Africa and 3 the problems of building a Pan African movement across the globe but at its most basic level the charateristics of the African diaspora are based upon a number of things 1 a notion of a common origin and consciousness of that origin from Africa 2 common experiences of racial terror slavery colonialism racism 3 Global Black marginalization based on internationally held racist ideologies of Black inferiority 4 commonality of identi cation on the part of those presumed to be part of the international community of Blacks importantly in the formulation of the African diaspora Africa serves as the key symbol for the ROOTS of black identity globally the African diaspora as it has always been conceptualized is ultimately based upon a shared Black identity created through processes of racialization on a global scale hence the belief of commonality on racial grounds but the notion of race here is highly contested 9and because of this highly contested notion of race within the racial identity that Blackness implies various scholars have tried to re conceptualize the basis upon which there 1 is an African diaspora is there one and 2 is a sense of community like culture history etc among Black peoples throughout the world but what is signi cant and despite these debates which have been occurring for decades is that from its beginnings the African diaspora as a theoretical concept used to examine globalized Black experiences has always been a politics Now what do I mean by that the idea has been taken and used as source of political action 9as a Black worldwide movement against injustice racism and colonialism it was constructed in opposition to still vital racialist racist ideologies that depicted Africans Blacks as inferior a people without
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