This article paints a great perspective of what it is like for African-Americans who are decedents of enslaved ancestors in conversations with blacks in other countries who know their family origin. #Q2Q
One of the things that excited me most about choosing to study abroad was the fact that I would get to interact with a diverse body of people. But I couldn’t help but shamelessly wonder, what will the Black people be like there? I was curious to discover what similarities we would share and the things that differentiated us. Since being here for almost three months, I have found that they aren’t drastically different from African-Americans. I have seen people of all shades of brown and women with natural ‘dos and relaxed tresses. One of the only apparent differences is when they speak with a British accent like Idris Alba.
But aside from their accent, there is another major difference that I have found between Blacks in London and Blacks in America. I have had quite a few conversations with Black people in London that went like this:
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