It occurred to me yesterday that some wokester / Pantifa type (you all know the people I mean) might take issue with my statement in Comments, following my use of the dreaded Word That Shall Not Be Spoken (nigger):
I’m more African AND more American than most people of the Pantifa/BLM persuasion…
To use the revolting modern expression: let’s “unpack” that sentence.
- I was born in Africa and lived there for thirty years.
- My family has lived in southern Africa since before 1690, a little longer than many of the so-called “Bantu” tribes, who only made their way south from central Africa in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
- I speak one African language (would be more, but my Zulu and Sotho… oy).
- I’ve lived in America for thirty-four years, and been a U.S. citizen for thirty.
Any way you slice it, I’m far more African than the average native-born Black person, and I’m more American than any recent African immigrant (e.g. Somali, Nigerian, etc.) by virtue of a.) my citizenship and b.) my length of domicile in the U.S.
“Aha!” a wokester may say triumphantly, “but you’re not Black!”
So it’s all about skin color? Well… now who’s the racist?
[exit, singing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika]