Keep your eyes on the ul­ti­mate prize

South Florida Times - - OPINION - [email protected]

and in this age of Trump, we are adopt­ing new ways of re­sis­tance.

The unique cul­ti­va­tions of cul­tural ex­pres­sions that we have been de­vel­op­ing over the past five hun­dred years are fi­nally be­ing cel­e­brated through­out the world. The lat­est ex­am­ple of the "Black Pan­ther" movie, which has gen­er­ated over a bil­lion dol­lars in ticket sales (and climb­ing) in less than 2 months, is all good. It’s also all about be­ing African (in­sert your own hyphen)!

Too many folk are quick to re­mind us that Africa is such a large con­ti­nent. They ask, “Where are you from, orig­i­nally?” One of the great­est tragedies suf­fered by Africans brought to the new world is the lost con­nec­tion to a par­tic­u­lar home­land/tribe/gene pool.

Now, it ap­pears we will soon get an op­por­tu­nity to an­swer that ques­tion in an up­com­ing cen­sus. I know the search for an an­swer will boost the sales of DNA test kits, de­signed to help us bet­ter de­ter­mine more pre­cisely where on the African con­ti­nent our an­ces­tors orig­i­nated.

In Amer­ica, we have been taught that our peo­ple were har­vested from western African.

Con­trar­ily, when I vis­ited South Africa a few years back, I vis­ited the African Slave Mu­seum in Cape Town and learned about the his­tory of the African slave trade dat­ing back to the year 1000 +/-. To my great sur­prise, that his­tory (with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing map) traced move­ments of peo­ple around the in­te­rior of the African con­ti­nent, and from around oceans (At­lantic and In­dian) that traded peo­ple for cen­turies be­fore the At­lantic Slave Trade be­gan.There are vol­umes of records to sup­port this nar­ra­tive. Wow! I re­al­ized that my peo­ple can be from al­most any­where, not just from where Amer­i­can his­tory books told me.

And that brings me back to the US cen­sus, Wakanda, and DNA. Get tested. It can be so en­light­en­ing. Claim Africa as the pri­mary place of ori­gin. That will be heal­ing.

Check all the boxes avail­able on the Cen­sus- that will be re­veal­ing.

“Fac­ing the ris­ing sun of our new day be­gun, let us march on till vic­tory is won.”

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