What your opinion?
This is what I obverse.
I know culture changes but still.
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,
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.