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Old 12-04-2007, 06:56 PM
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As an African-American myself I was just wondering what people in other countries thought about us, if at all? Being that the U.S. has one of the largest if not the largest black population in the developed world are we seen as part of the America or does the thought never really cross your mind? I'm not here to judge I just want an honest interpretation of blacks in America from an outside source.

Old 12-04-2007, 07:52 PM
Location: Chi-Town soon to be NYC and eventually Ireland
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Hi There-

I can't speak for worldwide opinion, but I think I can speak to at least a bit of what you seem to be asking. In Minneapolis, there is a *very* large Somali population, and I got to know quite a few of them during my time there. I was sort of shocked to learn just how prejudiced they seemed to be toward American blacks. There was lots of eye rolling, under the breath insults, and general nastiness that I noticed directed at American blacks. I was told point blank by one that I knew fairly well, "We're not like them here, they're animals." It was pretty eye opening for me. In fairness however, if their only real exposure has been to loud, young, urban trouble-makers, then I suppose it's understandable. It still irked me however that they wanted to paint everyone with the same broad brush. Please don't take this as a slam against the Somali people- I think they're a diligent, valuable, hardworking and well-educated immigrant group, and other than what I just mentioned, I did think quite highly of the ones I knew personally.

Just my .02.
Old 12-04-2007, 08:44 PM
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I think their view of us is pretty stereotypical, but I can't deny some of the things urban black youth do today. However, I believe the Somali ignorance is one of concern, since they are unfairly placeing all of us in one particular group.
Old 12-05-2007, 12:49 AM
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I'm not here to judge I just want an honest interpretation of blacks in America from an outside source.

However, I believe the Somali ignorance is one of concern, since they are unfairly placeing all of us in one particular group.

And you have just returned the favour by ascribing the same opinion to all Somalis

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:10 AM
Location: Utah
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Well, at least in Taiwan a lot of people based their opinions on what they saw on TV, which didn't turn out too well. I lived in Taiwan for about two years and heard some interesting ideas of America. Some of my friends in Taiwan have asked me if African Americans are all violent, gangsters and thieves, no thanks to movies and coverage of Katrina. Of course I said no, and that they shouldn't trust everything on TV.
Old 12-05-2007, 02:32 AM
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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I don't hold an opinion about an entire group of people. Everyone is an individual.

Unfortunately, bigotry is alive and well in many parts of the world.
Old 12-05-2007, 03:40 AM
Location: the best coast
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i think they are human like every one else on the planet.
Old 12-05-2007, 11:30 AM
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I can admit that there are differences in the values instilled through one's culture. The African-American values and culture are much different from those of most blacks from other countries. In addition there was always an aire of arrogance with African-Americans when it came to blacks from other countries and with that, has caused some dislike (sometimes hatred) for African-Americans. In most cases, through experienced views and listening to others, African-Americans are less likely to adapt to another culture and are more likely to tell you to "go back to where you came from". It is that experience and being called offensive names (due to origin of birth) that has really turned most blacks from other countries, away from African-Americans. It seems unfair to say so, but other races and cultures seem to accept you more than African-Americans. I can't begin to tell you of the many times I have observed the hypocrisy of African-Americans when it came to blacks from other countries; which is really sad because when it boils down to the nitty gritty, we all bleed the same color.
Despite all that, I can definitely say that the newer generation seem to be more accepting than the older generation.
Old 12-05-2007, 12:22 PM
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CornerGuy1 you're right I did not mean to talk about them as a collective group, but merely as the certain individuals that shared that view. Unfortunetly it came the wrong way.
Old 12-05-2007, 01:33 PM
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Personally from my travels "african americans" are percieved as Americans, and generally treated as any other American would be, for better or worse, and race not being an issue.

If you go out looking between the lines for bigotry, you'll likely find it, but not because of the color of your skin, but because of the country on your passport.

The only negative I've heard in regard to black Americans comes from my black Ethiopian and Eritrean relatives, and it is that Africa is not a country, it's a continent made up of 54 countries, and there is no understanding as to why you would label yourself as a continent when you are clearly American.

My $0.02

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