10. There is Even Anti-Blackness in Black Communities.
I define Anti-Blackness as disdain and distancing oneself from anything that can be considered “Black.” This belief is held throughout the world. In every ethnicity, the darker the person, the more discrimination he or she faces.
Unfortunately, this practice also pops up in Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, and Brazilian communities, as many will deny their African roots. What many don’t understand is that during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, boats carrying Black slaves went to other places besides the United States: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Brazil.
I have also seen Anti-Blackness manifest itself in African communities in the United States. Some African immigrants will try to distance themselves from American-born Blacks, saying that we are lazy, criminals, and have no morals. I worked with a guy from Kenya, who when asked about his ethnicity would say,
“I am not African-American, I am African. I am not like them in America.”
Damn, even some Black folks in Africa don’t want to be considered Black .