One of the duties of my office is to fingerprint potential employees and run criminal history checks. A lot of the potential employees of my organization come from different countries and backgrounds. I see a lot of people from different countries in Africa, El Salvador, Honduras , Mexico and every other country you can think of. It amazes me on how many people want to come to the DFW area to work.
Mostly everyone I come across during the course of the day are pretty cool. There is the occasional asshole, but that is to be expected since I deal with the public all day, everyday.
The people that trip me out are the Africans.
I say this because of the way their attitudes change when they find out I was born and raised here in the good 'ole U S of A.
You see I am a dark-skinned brother. I am tall and somewhat muscular. I keep my head shaved and my face is clean. (I tried a goat-tee when I got out of the military, but I guess old habits are hard to break.) I am told almost everyday that I look like I am from somewhere in Africa.
I get Nigeria and Ghana a lot.
None of this bothers me in the least. I consider it a compliment. To me all this is saying is that my roots are pure and untainted.
I have light-skinned people in my family, but I get my genetics from my Grandfather. My Pops was coffee colored as is my Moms. My sister is light, and my Grandmother is also. It is obvious that "Massa" dipped his wick somewhere in my family pool, but his taint skipped me.
Anyway, like I said the Africans that come into my office to either get hired or get escorted out of my office by Immigration, treat me different when I open my mouth and they hear my East Coast accent.
When they first step in and take their number from the receptionist everything is all good. If I am the one that pulls up their number, I call them to come back to my little cubicle. When they first see me, they look relieved. When I ask them for their ID'S, and they hear my accent, they look like they are getting ready to converse with the enemy. Their whole demeanors change. I have had some refuse to speak English.
Now I am wondering, What the fuck is this about?
Now I kinda expect this type of behavior from other races, but from my fellow Africans?
I asked one of the African guys I am cool with why this type of shit happens.
He told me that some Africans, (he empasized some and not all), do not consider us (African Americans) to be "real" Africans.
They consider us straight Americans.
He said that some "real" Africans consider us to be nothing but lazy, stupid, drug dealing, gangbanging misfits.
They don't understand why so many of "us" do not finish school, or why so many of "us" do not have jobs, when most of the "real" Africans that come here to AmeriKKKa have 2 or sometimes 3 jobs.
They think African American women are not worth anything because they constantly disrespect the man, and they dress so provocatively.
I asked him where they get their information, and guess what he said?
BET, Rap Videos and CNN.
Ain't that some shit?
Now what could I have said to that? All I could do was shake my head in disgust.
Well, my fellow Black Americans, we are not only labeled here in our own country, but also in "some" of the countries on the continent of our ancestors. (Notice I said some and not all.)
We have been weighed on the scales of life and have been found to come up short. All because of the media, and the way we are portrayed on our very own Black Entertainment Television, the "voice" of black America.
If this doesn't open up a lot of eyes, something is dangerously wrong with "us".