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Are you "Black" or "African American?" | Say It Loud | PBS Digital Studios

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Tuesday, September 21st 2021 at 8:42PM
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Throughout American history people of the African Diaspora have been called so many things...all the things...but what does it truly mean, and how does it impact or affect the way we see ourselves. Evelyn from The Internets and Azie Dungey discuss on this week's episode of Say It Loud.

Tuesday, September 21st 2021 at 8:42PM
Deacon Ron Gray
I'm like this video Deacon Ron. I really do. These two young sisters are very intelligent, and they're fun too.

So check this out: On a personal level, I simply consider myself to be a Black man in terms of my race, but I understand the term 'African-American' from the standpoint of having an African descent and American-born nationality. I know I'm an American citizen by birth so, I generally stick to "Black", and I see it as a term of love, dignity, unity, strength and struggle. However, I will not fake the funk about our problems because as you know... we still have work to do on ourselves. I do, however, appreciate the way Azie's mother provided some rationale for the use of the terms 'Black' and 'African-American' somewhere around the 4:24 (minute/second) point in the video.

I will call a Black man or a Black woman 'Black' if that is what he or she chooses to be called... and I will call a Black man or a Black woman 'African American' if that is what he or she chooses to be called... but the one thing I will NOT call my Black brothers and sisters... no matter how angry he or she might make me... and no matter how much today's young Black folks normalize it... is the term 'n*gga.' Yes... like many Black folks, I have used this term in my youth, but NO MORE! I re-watched two certain videos this week to remind myself why we, as Black people, still have certain internal issues that we tend to treat like a taboo as this relates to public discussion... but I'm one of those Black people who believes it's TIME to face these issues on both a public and private basis. I don't know everything, and I'm learning more about self everyday, but there's a few things I DO know... and it's the fact that I am proud to be Black; proud of what defines my individual Blackness; proud of all the Black people who sacrificed so much so Black people like me could have a better day... and even MORE proud of all the Black brothers and sisters who have learned how to think and function above the issues and problems discussed by Malcolm X and Dr. Joy DeGruy in the two videos below.


Wednesday, September 22nd 2021 at 9:55PM
Gene Amadi Jakande
Wow, Gene this first link took me way back to my school days, learning about The Life and the history of Malcolm X and this was one of his most famous speeches. I followed Malcolm X from that speech to when he made the journey to the Hajj ar Mecca, and became known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz.

Now this second link about What is Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome/ and the Effects was a very interesting presentation that made me think about generations of Trauma in a different light, with no intervention and the questions Dr Joy Degruy ask.

Gene, these are words of encouragement. I am glad that you take a few minutes out of your day to come on Black In America to use this form of communication as a tool to TEACH and bring our Black Identity into focus.

Thank You

Wednesday, September 29th 2021 at 5:54PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Hey Gene, I am checking in on you because I have not heard back from you and I enjoy the topics you bring to the surface. I only hope that you are doing well.

Thursday, September 30th 2021 at 9:03PM
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