Who am I? – BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN by Rev. David Lee Sincere Jr. March 30, 2020 ~ Advocacy Now Magazine ANI

The name African American, colored, or Negro cannot truly define who we are as people. We are not homogeneous. We represent many cultures from all over the world. Africa is a continent made up of many nations and tribes. Some African Americans were brought to America from the Caribbean, West Indies, and Haiti as slaves. Black Europeans like the Moors and Mulattos came to the United States as indentured servants. We represent American like the stars represent the heavens. Some of us are darker, brighter, taller, and shorter. The fact is that we are different and mostly have one thing in common – we are darker than Europeans.

In the book called Souls of Black Folk written by WEB Dubois, he describes Negroes as having a dual consciousness meaning that blacks have an inner conflict concerning who they are. Are Negroes more European or Black? He believed that this question caused psychological tension and confusion in the minds of negroes making it difficult for them to integrate in American society. He believed Negroes would always question their identity. This may be why you asked the question in the first place.

What most black people have in common is slavery or its ideology. Some blacks are still suffering from the post psychological residue of being enslaved, Jim Crow, and oppressive laws. How others perceive African Americans have impacted how we perceive ourselves. Are we seeking to be accepted by a white Eurocentric social construct? Are we struggling to accept who we are as people? Are we struggling with self-hatred avoiding another African American, our history, and culture? The name that defines us is less important than how we define ourselves as individuals. Who are we? Or who am I?

When I went to Liberty University for religion, I studied anthropology, theology, and sociology. I learned that at the end of the day we are humans that are different but have similarities. I accept my heritage. That includes the good, bad, and ugly. I love being black, African American, Negro, or colored. I am so much more than a name. I am one of a kind. I am who I am – a child of God first and foremost and then I am American. I will continue to fight to bridge the achievement, opportunity, and wealth gaps. We must make the dream a reality.

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CEO David L. Sincere Jr. started Sincere Media Productions in June 2012 to research, document and produce quality media programs to educate the public concerning the socio-economic, cultural, theological, legal and health issues that people and communities face.

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