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Transcript of (African) American
A collaboration between The Black Student Union (BSU) and The Organization of African Students (OAS)
Safe Space Agreement
On the piece of paper we have provided you with, write down stereotypes that you have, or have heard of. On one side of the paper write stereotypes for Africans, and on the other side of paper, write stereotypes for African Americans. This activity is meant to remain anonymous, so please do not write your name.
Are African Americans the only "Black people?"
Culture is defined as the shared patterns of behaviors and interactions, cognitive constructs, and affective understanding that are learned through a process of socialization. These shared patterns identify the members of a culture group while also distinguishing those of another group.
This is an open discussion which may touch upon sensitive, or controversial topics. We would like you to feel comfortable sharing your thoughts, and we ask that you please be respectful and open minded towards the opinions and ideas of others.
During this program, what is stated by individuals on the executive boards does not reflect the stance of either organization as a whole.
Do African Americans have culture?
Would you consider heritage and culture to be interchangeable terms?
Who is allowed to partake in cultural acts or traditions?
"A shared complexion does not equal a shared culture, nor does it automatically lead to friendships,"
says Kofi Glover, a native of Ghana and a political science professor at the University of South Florida. "Whether we like it or not, Africans and African-Americans have two different and very distinct cultures."
A lot of us do harbor a lot of hostility toward Africans," says Tampa poet James Tokley.
"Many Africans have no idea what our ancestors endured during slavery."
Glover agrees that while some Africans suffered under colonial rule and apartheid, not all can relate to the degradation of slavery.
What do you think about these quotes? Do you agree or disagree?
Which one is the umbrella term?
Are we all Black or are we all African?
Is it an insult to be called Black?
How do we Unite?
Pan-Africanism is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to "unify and uplift" people of African descent.
The ideology asserts that the fate of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core Pan-Africanism is "a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the Diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny".
Is it attainable or just an ideology?
Africans in the media: malnourished.
African Americans in the media: dangerous.
Is this the image that comes to mind when you think of Africans?
Is this the image that comes to mind when you think of African Americans?
Call To Action!
Africans Don't Like African Americans.
Where are these stereotypes coming from?
What is causing us to think this way?
Why do you think we view each other in this way?
Why do we perceive such differences?
What is the result of these perceptions that we have of each other?
How have these stereotypes directly affected you?