“The above quote I shared of Kaluuya comes f…rom an interview he did for GQ and was his response to Jackson’s critique. I shared Kaluuya’s words during the discussion and somehow, what he expressed went over the heads of some folks. Some just couldn’t get past the idea that because Kaluuya was not born here in America; there was no way that he could relate to the experience of Black people, Black men born here. The discussion made me think about the purpose and goals of the Black Diaspora Project. The discussion made me really think about the calls for unity that I have heard come out of the mouths of so many… but, how can there be unity among the Afrikan Diaspora if we are so hell bent on staying within the confines of the boxes we have been forced into? When will we stop thinking local and begin to really Innerstand that we are all a part of a global Family? When will we Understand that being Black is much more than where we are geographically, but an experience that we share with our Brothers and Sisters globally, a narrative that is being written about us all?
It amazes me… we stand strong with other people of color, other marginalized groups, other oppressed groups, but internally as members of the Afrikan Diaspora, we refuse to see ourselves in each other. We refuse to see our shared experiences, shared pains, shared struggles, that no matter where we are in this world, are so damn similar. We refuse to see the success, the win of one as a collective win for us all. And it bothers me that those who are on the ground, in our communities, can’t get past this and think outside of these boxes. The Beast – white supremacy – is a global phenomenon and the only way to defeat it, is our ability and willingness to come together as One. If not, we will continue to go around and around in circles, fighting the same fight. Now more than ever, we must break our minds Free… break the cycle.”
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