Okay. So after reading the article “NigeriaWomenvsAfricanAmericanWomen”, and reading the comments that were posted under it, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was alone. Alone in being mature enough to judge people based on their actions instead of ignorant stereotypes. Because that’s what the article was: ignorance. Of course, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and every person is entitled to have a preference in terms of what type of guys or gals they want to date. However, to make sweeping generalizations about racial categories is useless because as generalizations, such deductions don’t apply to every person in the group!
I’m not going to re-hash the short post here. And for the record, I mean no offense to the author–I wasn’t offended by what he wrote (although too bad for him if he thinks African girls are uglier, just saying). But I was reminded of how there is STILL so much tension between Africans and African Americans. Why do we feel the need to categorize each other and pull each other down?
I want the negative stereotyping of African Americans by Africans to stop. I, for example, cannot control what others say about me, but I can change my attitude towards other people. If someone wants to think that I’m an African-Booty-Scratcher, their loss. But I am not going to look at a black man walking down the street and automatically assume that he’s a drug dealer or that he has no education. If I were to treat a person as a stereotype of their culture, I would be missing out on the wealth of information he or she may have to share. Every human being has a different story, and different wisdom to give. Sure, there are similarities among the majority of people in every culture, but my point is that we should look past that and look at individuals when making conclusions.
You may be wondering where all of this is coming from. Well, after reading the post mentioned above, I couldn’t help but remember all the not-so-nice things my parents have said about African Americans, and how hurt some of my Black friends (none of whom fit the stereotypes) would feel if they heard those comments. Call me a hippie, call me a socialist, call me whatever you like, but I’m interested in hearing your views. How about we go into this new year with a resolution to judge people on a case-by-case basis, and not based on what we think we know about their background?
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