Black History Month is a time of learning and healing. To that end, we at JET are curating some of the deep commentary on how Blacks are viewed in America and on the world stage.
That’s why we are intrigued by a multimedia project featuring blogger Luvvie Ajayi, better known as Awesomely Luvvie. She shared some truly thought-provoking commentary on the tension between West Africans and African Americans via the site Black Is Global earlier this week.
In particular, Luvvie addressed the use of the term “akata” in a series of tweets, which at its base, means “wild beast” and has apparently been applied to describe Black people in America. She also shares her story of moving to the U.S. at a young age and how learning the history of African American culture and identity has been critical to avoiding such stereotyping and separation.
Luvvie explains, “People aren’t just lazy. People aren’t just criminals. It’s a whole system, [a] web of oppression that’s causing all of this.”
Check out more of Luvvie’s comments about the Black/African Diaspora in the video below: