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Why Don't Blacks Take Their Culture Serious?

What your opinion?

This is what I obverse.

I know culture changes but still.

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As an African American woman this is new to me, I didn't know that blacks didn't accept there culture, I guess you learn something new everyday!

On the real deal, it is hard for a black woman or black man to walk up in a job interview with their hair untreated and wearing proudly their kente, COME ON THIS IS A WHITE WASHED WORLD, everything been white washed and soon everything going to look pale in color,

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Puerto Ricans are black. That was a slow comparison besides some Nigerians have a damn job and not enough time to walk down a street waving flags, but doesnt make them any less patriotic.

*knows this is old*

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@poster

You had a point in Roman Catholic as against Authentic African religion. But trash the idea of Puerto Day or India Day when discussing African culture or lack thereof. Also bear in mind that the Europeans have thoroughly brainwashed Africans to junk their Authentic African religion and some instances culture. As a result of this calculated social machination injected into Africa through colonization, hence inferior mentality. As we are discussing this issue, few of the contributors that are lobbing mud at you might have eaten EBA (fufu) with spoon.

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these things may be important to you personally, but you shouldnt use it as a yardstick to judge everyone else.

We may all be black but our histories are different, and you can't just lament the so-called "lack of culture" without taking that fact into consideration. Culture is so much more than just naming ceremonies, clothes and "traditional weddings". There's a lot more that goes on beneath the surface of what you see.

Just like some AAs came up with the concept of Kwanzaa as a way to connect with their interpretation of African culture (which I think is what you're trying to adopt), yes, you can also create your own ceremonies and ways of doing things - nothing wrong with it. Some Americans make family quilts and things like that, which I think is very admirable.

The African/Nigerian/Yoruba custom of naming a child on the 8th day isnt necessarily an "African" custom per se. Many people are of the opinion it was taken from the bible. So a lot of African customs were themselves imported from somewhere. Some were just acquired too far back for anyone to remember their origins.

But an easy way out if you're bent on acquiring African culture, is simply to marry or date an African guy and adopt the culture of his people.

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@ tpia:

So what do you propose? Me, being an AA, just put an outfit together and call it cultural garb? Make up a name and decide how many days I should wait after the birth of a child (how does 3-5 days sound) and call that the naming ceremony? How about, I decide on symbolic things, uh, maybe some flour and cereal and say these are important things to use for a traditional wedding ceremony, just because, what do you think? hhhmmm, I just created my own culture which is what you were advising. So - mission accomplished?

I do agree that you can be burdened by culture, but for me it would be nice to have something traditional to relate to and at least have that choice. I'm not attacking anyone, if u don't have any of these things you wouldn't understand,

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ridiculous posts, if you dont mind my saying so. Any culture you want, you can make for yourself.

There's such a thing as being burdened by culture too.

But I understand the grass always looks greener on the other side.

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black africans(west africans,eastafricans and some south africans) take their culture very seriously,its only black americans and the blacks living in UK that seem to forget their culture.usually im always proud of africans especially those who find their way in foreign lands and yet they embrace their culture.B utblack americans,(the decendants of the slaves),could'nt care less about their roots least to say culture

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Black Americans do not take their culture seriously because they don't have a culture so to speak.  I have a Nigerian friend and it is since hearing of and observing the many cultures that Nigerians do have, that I became enlightened and awakened to the fact that most black Americans have no culture.   

We have no naming ceremonies, no traditional weddings, no traditional clothing or garb, there's really not much. I think we've been too 'watered down' from years of being in this country first as slaves & then having everything we knew as our own regarding being an African, become taken away by the whites and slave owners.  It truly is sad! It makes me feel empty to know that there is nothing, no cultural teaching of my own or my family's to pass on to my future child.

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Oh its merge . . . i just wonder . . . why do people take her seriously?

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I don't even know what the poster meant by "Black" even within Nigeria there are different tribes and cultures. so which in particular are you asking about.

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BLACKS OR NIGERIANS HAVE NO CULTURE .EVERYTHING THEY HAVE COME FROM THE WHITE MAN FROM THE LANGUAGES THEY SPEAK TO THE CLOTHES THEY WEAR.THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN NIGERIA IS ENGLISH!BLACKS NEVER DEVELOPPED A WRITTEN LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN EXCEPT ETHIOPIANS WHO ARE RACIALLY MIXED AND WERE IN CONTACT WITH THE MIDDLE EAST CENTURIES AND CENTURIES AGO, THE NOTION OF SCHOOL ,EDUCATION WAS INTRODUCED BY EUROPEANS ,ARABS ,WESTERNERS.MOST IF NOT ALL BLACKS DON'T EVEN WORSHIP THEIR OWN DIVINITIES,SOME CLAIM TO BELIEVE IN THE WHITE MAN 'S RELIGION ,OTHER CLAIM TO BELIEVE IN THE ARAB PROPHET SO THEY DON'T EVEN PRAY IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE, THE FUNNIEST THING IS THOSE WHO PRAY WITH THE IMAGE OF A BLOND AND BLUE EYED SAVIOR, BLACKS ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO WERE SLAVED BY EVERYBODY ELSE FROM ARABS ,EUROPEANS TO ASIANS, BLACKS ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO ARE PROUD TO CARRY WHITES OR ARABIC NAMES.HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A WHITE PERSON NAMED BABATUNDE OR FUNMI.?THE ANSWER IS NO. ARE BLACKS THE MOST silly RACE?ARE BLACKS INFERIOR CULTURALLY ,MENTALLY,WHEN IT COMES TO TECHNICALLY?ARE BLACKS THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO APE OTHER PEOPLE CULTURE?

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Yeah, I basically accept all the standard classifications that people that come from the continent of Africa were called in the States because they became the reality.

Black, African, Colored, Negro, African American, Afro-American, and many more!! LOL!

My Grandmother is 94 this year and to this day when she ask me about a Black girl she will say this: "Who dat colored gal ova dere?"

All these name changes to me are for other people because they couldn't deal with Negro (which means just Black in Spanish), or African, or Colored, I could care less because I am all of them.

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i agree with you. as of today i am black and i am nigerian. but that never existed hundreds of years ago. nigeria wasn't named by nigerians especially seeing the fact that we weren't speaking the same language. but like you said once something is then it is apart of our existence.

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I agree with both of you but all social constructs (Nations, Nation-States, Races, Tribes, etc) are made by humans. Who determines what is right or wrong is based on whomever controls society and writes the history? Once something is, then it is already part of our existence. We can all say, and rightfully so, that there are no such thing a races of humans but it is a reality and a way to classify humans. Just like there is a country called the United States and it is man made. It didn't exist 300 years ago and people didn't classify them as such but it is a reality today.

I feel that type of argument is only good for intellectual fodder.

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Christianity began in 0 AD, are you saying everybody who adopted it and threw away their past religions (the entirety of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa did this) have no culture? Is culture only expressed through parades and other such showboating events? That is simply silly.

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and i think he is right. race was invented by white people so that they can seperate and thus discriminate. before them, there was nothing like black, or nigeria. there was igbo, yoruba, hause, and more, not nigeria, ghana, liberia, etc.

okay so you want us to up the status of our parade, okay go and call the man in charge of the arrangements. i'm sure he'll work something out.

first of all, not all cultures are the same. just because our may not be as flashy as other cultures doesn't mean nothing. puerto ricans are just proud for nothing except for the creation of reggaeton. nigerians show pride by actions while puerto ricans show pride by waving a flag.

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My boyfriend told that theres no such thing as Black,White, Yellow or Brown so he wont know what people is talking about when it comes to a race.

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Is it Americans who celebrate India day for the indians? What do YOU do to celebrate Oct 1 in your small town?

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or compare the India Day Parade

don't take my opinion too personal

Let be adults discuss where I am wrong in a mature manner.

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Puerto Rico is a part of the US (not a state) and they've had a presence here for donkey yrs much longer than Nigerians. Are you expecting the Americans to celebrate Nigeria day for you?

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The way you present a culture shows the respect you have for it.

I not against blacks but this is just my opinion.

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That is a baseless and daft point

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another example

The presentation of our culture is usually cheap and look like not that much time has been put into it.

When there is a cultural event?

Compare the Puerto Day Parade to the Nigerian Day Parade.

I have nothing against Blacks but this is my opinion.

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I'm beginning to believe so myself

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Merge cant be more than 12 yrs old.

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She's just a confused person. Merge. How did we go from an argument that blacks are insensitive to their culture, to an argument centered on the need for an igbo religion. Of what benefit is this, and how does it hold merit to your beginning claim?

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merge.  At this juncture, you have stopped making sense.  What role will the needless existence of an "igbo" religion play in improving the cultural sensitivity of blacks? - Not that there's a need for one anyways.

What would comprise this igbo religion?

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Ignorance truely is a disease

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Moreover, why the silly fixation on igbos?

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so based on religion, you've came to the conclusion that we are not serious about our culture?

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merge, please stop trolling.  I'm beginning to question your maturity and age.

It appears you're simply an ignorant hobo.  Through it all you have chosen to turn a blind eye to supporting your claim.  Yet, here you are a promoting an unhealthy prevarication about the lack of cultural responsibility in Nigerians.  Amidst your nasty claim you have suddenly decided that you are right and won't listen to what others have to say.

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that's not an important factor, i need something more than that?

@merge

are you nigerian?

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For example

Why are most or a lot of Igbo Roman Catholic?

I know many are also Christian.

Why is there not an authentic Igbo religion?

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@ merge

u r making a nasty habit of mouthing off based on sensless generalisations

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give us an example and maybe we can explain, just saying you are right doesn't mean a thing.

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yea i want to know too.

@merge

if you attend african gathering's (wedding, baby showers, parties) you will see what "real" culture is all about.

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Well that is what I see.

I don't care if you say I am wrong.

I am not talking about having more culture.

I mean taking the culture serious.

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Contrary to the question you have asked, merge, why don't you give me examples of why you're right? You wanted to make a point but you still haven't. All you stated is that you "see" and you "observe", whereas there's a possiblity that you could be suffering from eye delusions.

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well i will have to say that you are wrong. black americans have more culture than whites in the US and African people take their culture seriously. just because u don't see us wearing kente clothes around the kumbaya fire doesn't mean we are not taking our culture serious.

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Yes, while I agree that you do need to stop being naive, you still need to recognize that there is no element of truth in what you say. It isn't set in stone. You're still unable to suggest a liveable argument that supports your affirmation.

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What you see from where and based on what, that's what you should explain. It strikes me that you're one of those who take one or two samples of a whole, and decide to exaggerate the significance.

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Well that is just what I see.

At least I am being honest.

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You are wrong and probably can't even explain what your observations are based on. I'm sure your principles are shallow.

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Well I mean in general.

I know this sounds harsh to say but this is what I observe.

Well I could be wrong but this is what I see.

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do you mean black americans or blacks in general?

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