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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What an African thinks of African-Americans

I know a guy who lives in New York City with his three-year-old daughter. His daughter's nanny, Fatou, is from Senegal.

The other day Fatou related the following incident. She was walking down the street with the daughter, and a black man jeered at her, "What are you, a slave?"

The nanny replied, "Yes, I'm a slave who makes a lot of money. Why don't you get a job, you dummy?"

A somewhat naive older woman who heard Fatou tell the story asked, "Oh? Was the man drunk?"

Fatou shrugged and explained, "No, he was just an American black."


Anonymous said...

Hi John--I've spoken to several blacks who are directly from Africa and they tell me how embarrassed they are to be of the same profile as "African Americans". They say they're lazy and have a bad attitude, among other things. African Americans, apparently, are damaged (wrongly, but nonetheless) while Africans are clearly not. Sad but true. Brian

John Craig said...

Brian --
Yes, I've heard the same, and also that Caribbean blacks tend to look down on African-Americans for the same reason.

Anonymous said...

Spartan said…

Because of the distance, we get the best and brightest from Africa, save the refugees we foolishly airlifted. The voluntary migrants are well educated and hard working. For the most part, they find American blacks to be loud, lazy, and violent. It doesn't take them long to figure their brethren out, and their the first group to profile them.

In turn, American blacks are jealous of the recent immigrants success.

Anonymous said...

Making a lot of money is great and I would imagine looking after a little kid would be great fun also.

Who's the dummy?


John Craig said...

Andrew --
Honestly, I don't think taking care of someone else's kids would be all that much fun, but at least she's making an honest living. My guess is that the guy who yelled at her is not.

Anonymous said...

The guy who yelled at her was an asshole. What does that have to do with him being Black American/African American or her perceptions of a diverse group of people whose ancestors were slaves in America? That's the first question. Many Black Africans, particularly those from Ghana, dislike American culture and consider Black Americans to be "white" because they are so far removed from Ghanian culture(400+ years!).

Secondly, are you a self professed racist? I found your blog via the Sociopathy Alert, which I thought was quite helpful and perceptive. This particular post is bizzare and manipulative given your intelligence. Finally, are you yourself a sociopath? I wonder this because of the level of dishonesty in this post.

There are many books and articles that take an honest look at the complex relationships between the members of the African Diaspora. This isn't one. These are:

John Craig said...

Anon --
The fact that he yelled at her had everything to do with the fact that he was black. Do you honestly think that a white person would have voiced that sort of sentiment to her?

No, I'm not a "self-professed' racist, though I've certainly been accused of being racist because I'm honest about racial differences in IQ and crime rates. If you want to know why I feel free to be so outspoken on the subject, please read this post:

(I strongly suggest you read it before you accuse me of racism, however you define that.)

If you take a look at all the different sociopath alerts I've put up; my dislike of them is pretty obvious throughout, and that should answer your question as to whether I'm one. Also, if you knew anything about sociopaths, you'd know better than to ask someone point blank since practically no one will answer yes: non sociopaths will honestly answer no, and virtually all sociopaths will dishonestly answer no.

Finally, how can this post be "dishonest?" It's a simple description of a brief incident that took place. I'm sure relations between Africans and African-Americans are quite complicated (I took a quick look at both links you provide), but I didn't claim to be describing that relationship in all its complexity. I merely described an incident. And if you notice, I used the word "an" in the title of the post, meaning, I was referring to one African, not all of them. (I do think that her attitude is fairly widespread though.)