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Are You Proud To Be Black, African, Nigerian, Cameroonian, Igbo? Well, Not Me!

Why would someone be proud of being something about which they had no choice? No-one had a choice about their skin-colour, nationality, tribe, gender or sexual orientation. None of these are attributes are earned by the endeavours of the individual. So why should one be proud of these attributes that are not the result of one's own endeavours?

The notion of "proud to be" should be rightly associated with one's achievements. For instance, I am proud to be a good and diligent employee, a good friend, a good husband, a good father, a good sportsman, a good citizen. These are my achievements and am very proud of them. I am not proud to be African, no more than an Englishman should be proud of being English, a Frenchman proud of being French.

What personal successes are you proud to have achieved?

Let's perform the following thought experiment;

1) Which of the following peoples should be proud of themselves and why ?

a) French

b) Japanese

c) Namibians

d) Nigerians

e) Native Australians

f) Native South Americans

g) Icelanders

h) Egyptians

2) Which of the following peoples should NOT be proud of themselves and why ?

a) French

b) Japanese

c) Namibians

d) Nigerians

e) Native Australians

f) Native South Americans

g) Icelanders

h) Egyptians

3) Are you proud to a man instead of a woman? Or are you proud to be a woman instead of a man?

4) Should George W Bush, the President of the USA, make a comment to the effect of "I am white and proud of it"? How do you think that statement would go down in US?

5) Should Barack Obama make a comment to the effect "I am black and proud of it"? How would that be taken in the US political field?

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I honestly am sooooooo proud to be SOMALI.

GOD BLESS SOMALIA

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Lol @ Obama being NigeriAn.

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M PROUD TO WHAT MY PEOPLE ACHIEVED AND KEEP ACHIEVING THATS WHY i'M A PROUD TO BE A CAMEROONIAN .... .PERIOD..NOW I TRY TO MAINTAIN THE CHAIN AND MAKE THE PAST AND THE NEXT GENERATION PROUD OF ME..

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The answer should be: I'm proud to be aware of who I am, not what format I came in.

I could have been born with a much fairer or darker complexion or region or time period. . . but the question is: Does that define who[i] I [/i] am?

I think that's what the poster trying to point out or am I wrong?

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I'm part-Nigerian and am proud of that ancestry, but I'm also part Scottish, and am prouder of that, probably because I've always lived in Europe.

I think it's important to be proud of one's culture, language and ancestry because it's a huge part of our identity as a person.

Skin colour however, I don't think to be important. There has been, and there still is so much conflict and hate based on ethnicity, and I think it's awful. There has been good and evil done by all ethnic groups, that doesn't mean it's better to be black, or white, or asian, etc.

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Comment made by Huxley:

What are you proud of?

I see what you are saying but you need to look at this again; through the eyes of a person or race that have been and still are discriminated. No one would say, "im Black and I'm proud", if being black wasnt ever an issue. To say, "i'm Black and I'm proud" is to say,

I am not going to apologize for my skin color. I acknowledge my accomplishments and acknowledge that I am Black. I acknowledge that I dont look like you and its just Great! This is how God made me and I am not ashame. I walk with dignity with my head up; high and my chest out.

President Obama is is mixed with Nigerian and Caucasian. You all act like you walking around with you eyes closed. But the real problem is that he is BLACK. I know that whites voted for him. If they didnt, he will not be in office just on the Black votes. Obama is an walking example of many accomplishments. Accomplishments of a Black man. Black men are so torn down. Blacks are treated as the lowest on the Totem pole . No one wants to be black. People are trying to bleach their skin. The lighter the better. I dont care what you are saying people still see BLACK. Did you notice that most, if not all, of the protestors against him speaking to children about staying in school and achieving, were whites. Over the years, many presidents talk to the kids. Parents are told the schools not to air that. Its disgraceful! You would have thought he was promoting drugs or living a "thug life". Did you see when he gave his address about the Healthcare reform, how disrespectful the "white"congressman was. He was a republican and it had nothing to do with being republicans;fully. Because you had many that was seated in the same room. We had Republican presidents and Democratic presidents giving speeches for years. You dont have to agree with nothing that came out of their mouths, but they were respected. There was never an outburst. That's a sign of disrespect. And its all because of RACE. The, the congressman goes on CNN OR FOX and apologize to the white house. NO! HELL NO! (excuse me). HE should apologize to the President; President Obama.

So Huxley, you need to look at this again. We should be proud of our accomplishments, just because we did accomplish something. But we are living in a world; a REAL world that judges the appearance. Think about it.

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ezeagu why are you so fixated on Chinese?

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What are you most proud of?

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I agree with the poster.You don't get to chose where you are born,with what colour etc,so why be proud of it?i am proud of my self,meaning what i have achieved,proud of my family,the way they raised us.Sometimes i am proud of what people from different achieve.Of course,its something natural to be proud of who you are and of your origin,but everyhting has its limit

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everybody has a photographic memory , some just do not have the film

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I would never take part in your so called "experiment". I pity the people you have to come into contact on a daily basis, you seem like you're hard to deal with.

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I said I have many things I am proud about and these are my own personal achievements, of which I have many. They give me endless joys and sense of pride. But I am not proud about things I had no choice over.

If everyone, every nation and every ethnicity were equally proud, then at best it is a neutral concept. Unless you are to say that some nations/tribes/people ought to be more proud than others. In which case you will have to define what such nations ought to be proud about.

Unfortunately, like most people you have bought into this bogus idea of pride in unchosen things and fail to see the false logic in it if taken to its ultimate conclusion. Yes, if I had the means and energy I would like disabuse people of this bogus concept.

It is instructive to note that you have singularly failed to take the thought experiment I gave above. Why don't you give it a try?

Following your logic, White people ought to be proud of their success, correct. Is success not considered an aspect of achievement. Where are the successes the Africans ought to be proud about? Or are we only to be proud about our biological attributes, about which we have not choice. Or is pride for successes and acheivements only reserved for the Whites, while non-whites ought to be proud about their biology and ethnicity? By that token, a donkey ought to be proud for being a donkey.

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I've heard people say " I am proud to be an American", Nothing is wrong with that right? Michelle Obama got into trouble for saying she was never proud of America until this year.

It's all in the mind! be proud of what you want to be proud of and let others be proud of their own things. Pride is diverse, some people are proud of their houses, cars, wives, kids, friends, jobs, achievements etc.

Some people are even proud of other people that are not related to them in any direct way e.g sports stars, musicians, religious leaders, writers especially when they share common nationality or ethnicity.

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Minorities in a western country don't just assimilate immediately with the White race, who have been there longer than most, except the majority of African Americans in America. White people have had much success in their countries, their pride should have to go unsaid, and is well understood in America, so John McCain saying something like "White Pride" would immediately be taken as more racist, as Obama saying he's proud to be Black.

Please, you have some internal issues that I cannot understand, but hopefully you'll get over it, because you seem like the sell-out type. Don't sell your people out, because you can try to hide your pride, but one day when you're in need, and that other group will leave you out to dry, who will you look for?

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Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. I have many things I am proud about, but I am NOT proud to be African. It is a neutral concept, so why elevate it into this pseudo-politico-socio-cultural heights?

Why don't you try taking my thought experiment given above?

Should a French man be proud of being French? Should an English man be proud of being English? etc.

Should Obama say he is prouds of being Black? Should McCain say he is proud of being White?

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I'm proud to be African! The thread starter must have some sort of self hate that he can't deal with on his on, so he tries to bring the rest of us down. Hopefully this fanatic of a person will find some type of happiness in their life, probably through a series of skin bleaching sessions.

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I want to mark this thread. I am at work and can not give an indepth answer but the questions, statements are diff. food for thought. I will be back later with a response.

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Nigerians really hate themselves huh

This thread is obvious.

If you don't love you - How could anyone possibly, want to love you.

In essence you are unlovable.

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@shuppie

There 's nothing to be proud of being dominated or being a slave ,I'm sorry, If being "strong "physically MEANS PRIDE TO YOU .i DISAGREE strongly,if being deshumanized without an act of resistance is a source of pride for you then good for you, RESISTANCE should be a source of pride ,most people (exept africans)(would die rather than being humiliated ,

@huxley you associated barack obama is black, WHY blacks and especially nigerians are so proud to claim BI RACIALS (one parent black one parent white people)inferiority complex ?or once again blacks arte follwing their massa

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Relative perceptions,human feelings are unparalleled,it can't be marched or surpassed,it is what makes us,differences,so the idea of quantifying what makes one proud is incomprehensible because what makes one proud may not make the other.

In as much as we live in a hypnotic world,where people believe in what they don't understand,i believe because he believes,i think it is wise for one to be him or her self at all time.The greatest bondage in life is mental slavery ,it is a zombie state,loss of mental consciousness.

Pride,greed lust,anger,selfishness,envy are all part of man's original immortal sins,roots of all evil.

What is relevant?

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This is, indeed, a thought-provoking topic! 

I'll add some opinions when I have the time to put them down.  In the meantime, I would like to address something:

Senator Barack Obama is not Black.  He is bi-racial.  For him to make a declaration of pride (or neutrality, or shame) of either his blackness or his whiteness would be ignoring (and thus dismissing) half of the person he is.  This, to me, would be more compromising to how he is perceived in the American political realm.

More to come!

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@huxley

so your not proud to be nigerian and your not proud of your tribe but your proud of your achievements that is being a good friend, husband, employee etc

So imagine this scenario Nigeria are playing England in the World Cup Finals and e don reach knockout stage of the competition who win the match go make am to the semi finals. Who will you want to win Nigeria, England or since u didn't chose either nationality will u be neutral?

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for all that it is worth,

no matter how sad, no matter how painful

we should remember the GOOD, we should remember the BAD

for Africa to have survived the SLAVERY and COLONIAL ERAS,

it doesn't testify to our weakness, it testifies to our STRENGHT.

and for that , i am happy to be an AFRICAN, to be a NIGERIAN.

Africans are known to be strong and resillient people, we are survivors, we have survived many terrible ordeals, and we will continue to survive.

we will survive anything except DEATH.

in the face of extreme hardship,

in the face of extreme stress, pressure

in the face of extreme want and lack,

we are still standing

we dont break easily

and for that, i am happy to be an AFRICAN, a NIGERIAN

i am happy to be a woman and not the other way round, becos as a woman, i get to experience MOTHERHOOD, the most beautiful and the most fullfilling experience any woman can go through,

i am PROUD to be a MOTHER.

i am proud of who i am

i am beautiful not becos i am dark skinned, but my beauty is from within which radiates out

i am proud to be an upright human being

i am proud to be an honest and diligent individual

i am proud to be a trustworthy and a well meaning NIGERIAN

i am proud to be an AFRICAN, becos Africans are survivors,

i am proud of myself becos i am making things to happen for me

i am proud of myself becos i am not depending on any govt b4 i can succeed in this life

i am proud of myself becos when opportunities to succeed presents itself, i grab it with both hands

i am proud of myself becos i am not a weakling who gives in at the slightest disappointment and obstacle

i am proud of myself becos i possess the spirit of a survivor jsut like my forefathers and my ancestors

i am proud to be an honourable woman, a woman of her words,

i am proud becos i am struggling to become a better person of myself.

i am proud of myself becos i am honest and truthful in my dealings with my fellow human beings,

i am proud to be a caring and a forgiving soul

i am proud to be from the same continental Africa with the likes of

Nelson mandela, Prof wole soyinka, Fela anikulapo kuti, Kudirat Abiola, Thomas sankara, Gen murtala mohammed, King mansa kankan mussa, King chaka of zulu, past kings and queens of egypt, the list is long

i am not proud of the likes of mugabe, IBB, Abacha, kibaki, the govt of sudan that allows the supporter of APC militia to commit genocide in darfur. it is people like these that gives africa and africans a bad name and a bad image,

i am proud to believe in Africa, that one day we will get there,

PEACE,

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Interesting how those who claim to be proud this, proud that, have not dared to take the thought-experiment! I wonder, do they feel some sense of cognitive disonance when it really comes to examining their beliefs?

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]I AM PROUD TO BE ALIVE AND STILL KICKING.

HOWS THAT FOR BEING PROUD

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I am too proud to be black, Igbo, and female.

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Life is a dream and you but no one else is the dreamer,can't you see the magic?You got to perform.

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I think pride is consciousness,all that there is about you.What keeps you alive?

You should be like the sun,everything revolves around you,what ever that is reality to you is what you want,like the beginning and the end,everything comes in-between.

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Great response. Am glad you are getting the thrust of my post.

Consider the following:

1) Should George W Bush, the President of the USA, make a comment to the effect of "I am white and proud of it"? How do you think that statement would go down in US?

2) Should Barack Obama make a comment to the effect "I am black and proud of it"? How would that be taken in the US political field?

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The whole Idea of " black and proud" emanates from black is beautiful, a cultural movement aimed at reiterating that the black person was equally as beautiful as the white in an era when racism and prejudice was evident and prevalent. With the world aiming for a raceless society, the whole "black and proud" notion serves as an hindrance to this goal because the underlining factor is the belief that the black race is superior to other races in certain aspects. Notable black philantropist, activist and other noteworthy characters support(ed) the propaganda of equality of all race not a aimless proclamation of the beauty of the black race.  Furthermore, in my own opinion  - I stand to be corrected, this is a sign of inferiority and lack of dignity. Rarely if ever will you find a white, asian person proclaiming " white and proud," or " Asian and loving it." Most people use this as a ploy to cover up certain failure in their lives. " Black and Proud," is nothing but self gratification and glorification with little or no meaningful gain.

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@huxley

do u wish u were a woman?

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@ huxley

Im proud to be all WOMAN, sure wouldn't want it any other way.

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Anyone to try the thought-experiment?

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I am black, I didn't choose to be one. I'd rather my character defines me. It is what I have made of myself as a human (not some black man) that I am proud.

I do not truely know what it is to be white, asian, a woman, an Igbo or a Russian. So, I am not proud(or happy) to be one and not the other?

If given the choice, I can say I will not know what race to choose. Most people can agree that a persons' race is not as important as his/her character.

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@khai khai

so what about you khai khai? I'd like to hear your own opinion on the topic?

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Huxley, is it wrong to be proud of my country?

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@huxley,

I think you've brought up an argument far above many of these fellows intellect.

They fail to properly read and understand your post. But instead choose to spout the usual "I'm proud(proudly) whatever". A statement which reeks of inferiority complex.

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Yes, I am proud to be a man. I wouldn't want to be a woman; they have too much personal poo to deal with with their bodies that'll drive me nuts. I have mad respect for them though.

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i don't think they understand the sentences above.

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OK, since you guys are not getting it, let me give another example:

Are you proud to a man instead of a woman? Or are you proud to be a woman instead of a man?

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Very proud to be black and Nigerian.

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So i guess your trying to tell us that your ashamed of the colour of your skin, nationality tribe etc

As far as am concerned one has to be positive and you can link the word to be proud to being positive Nobody choses their identity but you should be proud of who you are

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I'm glad/happy that  I'm Black and would never want to be another colour, race or ethnicity ( Igbo). If I could have chosen, thats what I have chosen for myself.

However, I am proud of the person I am, I'm truthful, strong, forgiving, loving, wise and all that good stuff. Those are character traits which I had to nurture, safeguard in a decided way even though some of it is in  my nature.

Being Black is not an achievement you can be proud of in the simple sense of the word. I look at it as a blessing, which I did not bestow upon myself, but am mighty thankful that it was. In other words, I am proud of who have become, but thankful for what I am.

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@POST

before i was born i didn't have a choice to fill in an application form and tick the box to whether i wanted to be male female black african black carribean caucasian, asian hispanic etc.

Likewise i couldn't tick the box on the application form and chose whether my mama was going to be Madonna and my papa Iron Mike Tyson

Nobody choses their Nationaltiy just have to be[b]positive[/b] therefore proud of where u come from

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Almost every AA I know WISHED their blood was ZULU.

It must be the Name and that warrioring spirit.

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Yeah, im so proud to be 100% black, and to be made in Nigeria.

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very nice post, will comment as soon as i get back.

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With due respect, you did not. You simply shouted that you were proud of being black, and provided some word definitions.

Why don't you apply your pseudo-answer to my thought-experiment?

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@ huxley

did you even read my post?? because i pretty much answered your initial question.

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