Could you please stay the fuck out of my inbox with bullshit like this? You sound like an ignorant jackass! You probably are.
Ghana is fast becoming a mecca for black Americans who are looking for lucrative opportunities in a new environment.
the article should really be called “how you can find yourself in an exotic African country that’s not too African”
it reads like Ghana is the special place that’s managed to advance unlike those backwards African countries. i mean it’ll be annoying to not have constant water and electricity all the time like in the Great West but the sure the locals are lovely.
African-Americans will enjoy making a life in a place that will make them feel connected and celebrated in a way that they probably don’t fully enjoy in the U.S. as “minorities.” Local chiefs are often more than willing to grant prized land and other resources to budding entrepreneurs interested in real estate development, or other commercial ventures. This could also lead to a lucrative life in farming – or “agribusiness” – for those interested in a totally new, yet viable way of making a living.
right because, farming is totally cool and exotic way of living. what do people think of the article?
"I would like to suggest Ghana be added to the short list of locales for those considering planting new roots in the Motherland."
This actually reminds me of rhetoric used to lure Europeans to Canada over a century ago. There’s this ‘sparsely populated paradise ripe with opportunities for enterprising young people tired of the status quo!’ myth being replayed all over again.
Even as a white westerner, this is just so disconcerting to read.
A conversation about African Americans being welcomed in Ghana requires your two cents because why exactly?
In a US context it’s a term that is generally agreed upon to identify people who are not white.
Um, I’m from the UK and I’ve never heard that. It’s the commonly used term in all the politically involved groups I’ve known and in most of the writings.I’m from the UK and I have never heard anyone use POC. None of my family members from minority ethnic groups (the usual UK term) use it, despite working in various PC jobs in the voluntary sector, I have never heard it used at work. I have two friends who are equality and diversity officers at different large public sector organisations and they don’t use it and I’ve been in various forms of activism for twenty years and I have never heard it used there either. I have read it twice recently in the newspaper in reference to policing and skin colour in the UK, but that is it. So I am at a loss as to what form of activist group uses POC in the UK. I can only assume it is one that is highly influenced by online US discussions and not by how people in the UK are comfortable identifying. It’s essentially throwing some of the most oppressed minorities (Irish travellers for a start) under the bus (another US expression).
It is offensive and what is worse is that it creates a sort of homogenised culture of otherness. However when you’re talking to Americans they act like you’ve murdered their beloved grandmother if you don’t use it.
On top of that, it’s a really screwed-up term, it divides people into white and non-white solely based on skin tone and ancestry. and by doing that, overrides any other kind of diversity. It creates a difference where there is none - not based on cultural background or ethnicity, but only on ancestry. It perpetuates a concept of “race” that the whole world would be better off without.
If it were at least a descriptive term with any kind of relation to actual appearance, but it isn’t. It’s a very specific concept that only applies within the USA, and it’s one that I really don’t want or need in my life.
Even if American people were the only ones who use the term ‘PoC’ (we aren’t btw), the concept is the same everywhere. It literally just means “people that aren’t white”… that’s it. It doesn’t override other differences. It doesn’t mean anything else.
What the fuck is going on here?????
Oh look it’s the same mediocre people using the same shit.
Look it’s the origin of the term here. (originally “women of color”)
"…they didn’t see it as a biological designation….it is a solidarity definition. It is a commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized. Now what’s happened in the 30 years since then, is people see it as biology now…. Why are you reducing a political designation into a biological destiny? That’s what white supremacy WANTS you to do."
And guess what? Long before “people of color” was created as a term, white folks created “white”. White didn’t exist before - the idea of commonality of whiteness - between Germans, English, Spanish, French, etc. divides people into two categories, and, on top of that, has had worldwide colonization, warfare, slavery and genocide enacted in it’s name.
But you know, maybe you can tell those of us who use “people of color” how we’re really wrong by comparison and keep saying nothing to all the folks who are still benefiting from, or continuing the process of oppression and violence.
We tend not to use PoC in the UK but i’ve heard it used here when listening to UK Black and Asian activist give talks but its not something that gets used in most groups here, so that’s correct. Generally, because its not used or known, most will see the “colour” part and think people are using it like coloured so that’s where the “its considered offensive” thing comes from. Its simply an exposure issue and not knowing what the phrase means and but phrase in its self isn’t oppressive in a UK context
i’ve heard too many white kids used coloured in all seriousness to act like this country isn’t an un-evolved waste land that thinks about race issues
And what exactly is the problem with Americans using POC? especially when they tend to use it talking about their selves before you lot decided to be so bloody extra. If you don’t want POC used and you’re a POC in the UK, simply tell Americans not to apply it to you or make some kind of note
And there is BME (Black and minority ethnic) which includes white non-british people and irish travellers but there are a lot of instances when using BME isn’t useful so those of us that do know of the word POC will use it because its useful and a lot of times i don’t mean east europeans or irish travellers when talking about UK oppressive systems
i really fucking love when its comes to how certain white groups get treated in the UK you lot have no problems saying they’r the “most oppressed” its just rolls off your tongue like hello. And what?! am i going to get arrested for not being American and using POC? Americans saying POC is throwing us here in the UK under the bus *rolls eyes* please piss off (a british expression)
Lol and fuck referring to me a non-white, that’s offensive. Call me Black, west indian, woman but whiteness as a point of reference, no thanks
“It’s a very specific concept that only applies within the USA” please stop trying to be so fucking special like the term can’t be uused here ,isn’t massively useful and Black and Asian etc ( and that etc is why i and others in the uk use POC in the first place) people that are here in the UK have started using it because its a fucking useful term when BME isn’t applicable. Am i suppose to not use it because its of American origin? Especially when it can be really useful because there are other groups in the UK that’s aren’t white beside Black and Asian people and if a convo isn’t about all oppressed people but whiteness in the UK? Are you going to suggest East Europeans and Irish travellers aren’t white in the UK (like i saw some dumb ass American do) because you’re confusing oppression because of ethnicity and xenophobia (which is largely race based but largely being the key here and not exclusively ) as for shorthand and interchangeable with race 100% and meaning you can’t be white and benefit from whiteness and still systematically discriminated by other systems?
Race relations in the UK are different (different history etc etc so obvs) and there are certain things here that are massive issues that aren’t in the US but you lot need to stop acting like our construction of race is some special hard and weird to understand thing doesn’t have more in common with the US than you want to admit just for the sake of barking US centrism wrongly. We can tell our stories without diving in the realm of painting how things are here in a light that is completely un-true
There are many terms i won’t use around certain people because i know they won’t know what i mean and may mistake it for something else (POC comes under this) but that in it self is common sense when using anti-oppression jargon and a general life skill
If i know a better more accurate term and i’m around people that know what i’m on about, i shouldn’t use it because of its American origin?
I swear, i wonder how some of you cope offline the way you go on
Imma need folks, especially WHITE FOLKS FROM ONE OF THE SIX ORIGINAL COLONIZING NATIONS, to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down talmbout some “No, you silly brown people need to stop seeing color and just call yourself people….”
You do not get to tell colonized people what to fucking call themselves. The only reason you find it fucking offensive is becuase whiteness isn’t being centered by the phrase. White is the other when POC is used. Fuck y’all.