ETHNIC AND CULTURAL GROUPS

What is the African Diaspora?

Defined by Ndidi Love

The African Diaspora is defined as the communities that are located throughout the world made up of people of African Descent. African descent is defined as having African ancestry. That means that if someone is an ancestor of a voluntary migrant, or of an involuntary slave, they are still considered part of the African Diaspora. If a person is half Black, they are part of the African Diaspora as well, because half of their DNA is of African Ancestry.

Collectively, we make up the African Diaspora whether we come from Africa, Trinidad, or South Carolina. We should begin to include our brothers and sisters as being part of the African Diaspora, even if they do not come from the same part of the globe as us. There are some who do not consider it the African Diaspora, if the person is not from Africa or have at least one parent from Africa. However, any Diaspora, no matter what continent of origin, doesn’t exclude members based on if they are one or two generations removed. Everyone wants a place to call home, and unfortunately, our new homes were not always chosen, but forced upon us.

So we should consider that. Let’s be more inclusive of each other in the African Diaspora. We share similarities, and the differences are just another reason to join together and share them with one another. Whether jollof rice from Ghana, or jambalaya from Louisiana, the one derived from the desire to keep a culture that was being lost. It’s not a reason to separate ourselves, but a reason to celebrate the many different tastes, sounds, cultures, and lifestyles of the African Diaspora.

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