INI appreciaLOVE your post. Very well written!
Afrikan People, at home and abroad, have been (mis)defined and labeled by Babylon for hundreds of years. In fact, there have been debates on this forum regarding Afrikan People worldwide. Are we "Afrikan " by degrees of melanin? Hair texture? By place of birth? By culture and tradition? By geographical location? By mindset?
Though history will show us that East Indians are descendants of Kush, specifically the "untouchables", some will not define or acknowledge them as being "Afrikan". Same with our Aboriginal brothas and sistas from Australia, though the stamp of Mama Afrika is clearly undeniable.
So while Peter Tosh reminds INI that "as long as you're a black man, you are an Afrikan ", others feel that our diasporic family is too culturally removed from Afrika to be defined as such. While others feel that physiology defines us. In other words, brown skinned people with straight hair (Indian or Aboriginal) do not define an Afrikan. Same with some of our blond haired Melanesian family...
Then we have those that fit the physical "profile": black skinned, kinky haired, broad nose and full lips "Afrikans" that are so whitewashed and loyal to "massa", that they will not hesitate to bring us harm, or death.
Let us not forget that Afrikans are also NATIVE to the Americas, long before the Trans Atlantic slave trade. Meaning some are more "American" then many who define themselves as such.
I am a daughter of AFURAKA. They cannot define us by complexion, features, eye color,hair texture, place of birth of geographical location!