Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Accidents Of History Make Us What We Are Today

Historical Accident: The dismemberment of African Natives to their homeland
What Makes Us Today: What Africans did after they were dismembered

The African diaspora was the movement of Africans and their descendants to places throughout the world - predominantly to the Americas, and also to Europe, the Middle East and other places around the globe.
The dispersion of Africans during and after the trans-Atlantic slave trade and others enroute to India as slaves and source of labor. People of African descent with their own communities outside the African continent are also referred to as being part of the Diaspora. Post-slavery communities were developed and, thus, called Maroon communities.

Such personages as these, however, constitute only a tiny fraction of those who combined African ancestry in some manner with Native American culture. Among the earliest were the “Maroon” populations that developed in the Atlantic coastal areas from Brazil to Virginia, and in the Caribbean, during the time of the slave trade.

As a West Coast Native, I had never heard of the Maroon communities that exist on the East Coast. This reminds of the Native American reservations that exist in our country today. Before this Freshman Seminar, I had not the slightest clue about the complexity of Black History. I feel proud to know that people whom look just like me, have been full of wisdom and knowledge for generations.

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