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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

The idea of a need for oneness in the black community at large has been unrefuted and celebrated. This notion has been supported by many popular figures and paradigms, in particular, the Pan Africanism paradigm, which calls for the unity of all black people regardless of origin, on all levels and aspects of life. In this research the author aims to show that the assumption of homogeneity in the black community is the root of tensions in the black community between African Americans and black immigrants. Through an autoethnography, the researcher a black immigrant living in America argues that negating cultural differences and adopting the motto of the need for uniformity may actually be causing more tensions between the African American community and the black immigrant community, which encompasses immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa. Through juxtaposing statistical data and the author's own life experiences she attempts to prove that the dismissal of vital information, such as socio-economic differences that are present amongst the two respective groups in the United states, allows for the intensification of prejudices instead of solidarity. This notion of homogeneity hinders the understanding of the manifestation racism and classism in America and abroad for all parties involved.

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