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Kandonou Emma - To be black African



 

I’m lying on my bed and thinking of my chance in life to succeed when I am black. If life had given people the chance to choose their color, not a lot would take the black one, even some who are proud to be black.The color of our skin is so negatively loaded as we reject her. For us, she means slavery, colonization, poverty.Inside of us, we have hated ourselves because we have been beaten by story and we attribute this defeat to our skin color. And like Michael Jackson, we want to be white.

As Ibn Khaldoun said: The? ? losers? ? always? ? want? ? to? ? ?imitate  ?the??  victor? ? in? ? his? ? distinctive? ? ?features , ? in? ? ?the clothes?, ?the? ?profession? and?? ?all? ?the? ?conditions? of? ? existence??  and? ??customs. ??Reason ? is? ? there?? ?that ??soul always? sees?? ?perfection? ?in? ?the? ?individual? who?? ?occupies? ?the? u?pper? ?rank? ?and? ?to? whom?? ?it? ?is? ?subordinated?.

He had written it in 1377. But black people need to try to change the story. It is us, black people, who need to reverse this wrong perception of us. You can’t lie in our house and wait for the neighbours to pay our electricity. Yes, our continent is the least developed in the world, yes we have the poorest of all countries but all these things have nothing to do with the skin color,we have inherited to a long story.When are we going to stop complaining and hating ourselves so to understand that our story doesn’t summarize itself in slavery and colonization?

We need to understand the difference between our continent and our skin. Black people need to understand that they mix up the reason why they don’t like their skin color and the reason why they are not proud of their continent. If you mix up all these to things, you are going to see racist acts and words everywhere. Yes, there is racism and there always will be but when you go to another country understand that you become a stranger everywhere.

After a lot of hours I understand that in a long part of my life I didn’t make the difference between my skin and my continent. I’m proud to be black-skinned because we don’t throw in the towel despite all things we have left and we continue to leave. I have nothing to be proud to be African because we haven’t done anything to developed our continent but what does it mean to be African?I am born in Africa, Africa is also born in me and so the love affair with my homeland begins. Moreover, being African seems to be more than simply a coincidence of birth, it is a choice too. Those living in the Diaspora have often never touched African soil, yet Africa is alive in them. This great continent as our home vary like the colours of a rainbow. Our cultures, religions, races and languages often differ greatly so It is only natural that we love our home; after all, it is the place where we can be ourselves. I understand too that if you want something in life, you need to work for it, regardless of is your color. ?Before? living?? ?life? ?in? ?roses?, ?it? ?is? ?necessary? ?to? endure ?its? ?prickles?.
 




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