Actor Michael Jai White responds to negative criticism from the Black community after visiting Ghana

 

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“Since my life changing trip to Ghana I’ve received much love but I’d like to focus on the minority of haters right now. I know some negative eyes are reading this looking for any excuse to reject what I say. I could take the easy route and reject negative folks but they are the ones who might benefit the most from what I have to say and besides- I love them too. Hell…we American blacks are SUPPOSED to think negatively about connecting to our homeland because that’s how we were conditioned to think! We’re SUPPOSED to think; all Africa was, was slavery when only an extremely small portion of the continent was even involved in the slave trade. We’re SUPPOSED to see Africa as starving people and jungles. We may call ourselves African Americans but we are truly disconnected from Africa. I say WE because I’m not excluded! I thought “my people” came from South Carolina which I now see, is as stupid as a Chinese man saying his people came from Ohio! I tracked my heritage and South Carolina was only a small part in the journey of my people that began in Ghana, a place that had kings well before Europe had theirs. For me to be appointed by the King Odeneho Kwafo of Akwamu is far more relevant than if I were knighted by Queen Elizabeth who’s royal bloodline doesn’t go back as far. Ghana is the 8th African country I’ve visited. They’ve all been astoundingly beautiful, with classy and very educated people who speak more languages than we do. To the negative folks-Maybe you can begin to direct that anger toward the mindset that finds comfort in you hating your own people and threatening for you to unite with them in solidarity. I believe the original culprits are long dead but their policies are alive and well. Jews visit Israel, Italian and Irish Americans proudly visit their homelands and no one seems to have a single negative thing to say! They have a country that loves and embraces them and WE HAVE A WHOLE CONTINENT THAT LOVES AND EMBRACES US! In Africa, a voice commands him to look around. The Voice: "Do you see any niggers?" He answers meekly “No.” The voice: "Do you know why? Because there aren't any." -Richard Pryor via: @officialmichaeljai

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“Since my life changing trip to Ghana I’ve received much love but I’d like to focus on the minority of haters right now. I know some negative eyes are reading this looking for any excuse to reject what I say. I could take the easy route and reject negative folks but they are the ones who might benefit the most from what I have to say and besides- I love them too.
Hell…we American blacks are SUPPOSED to think negatively about connecting to our homeland because that’s how we were conditioned to think! We’re SUPPOSED to think; all Africa was, was slavery when only an extremely small portion of the continent was even involved in the slave trade. We’re SUPPOSED to see Africa as starving people and jungles. We may call ourselves African Americans but we are truly disconnected from Africa. I say WE because I’m not excluded! I thought “my people” came from South Carolina which I now see, is as stupid as a Chinese man saying his people came from Ohio! I tracked my heritage and South Carolina was only a small part in the journey of my people that began in Ghana, a place that had kings well before Europe had theirs. For me to be appointed by the King Odeneho Kwafo of Akwamu is far more relevant than if I were knighted by Queen Elizabeth who’s royal bloodline doesn’t go back as far. Ghana is the 8th African country I’ve visited. They’ve all been astoundingly beautiful, with classy and very educated people who speak more languages than we do. To the negative folks-Maybe you can begin to direct that anger toward the mindset that finds comfort in you hating your own people and threatening for you to unite with them in solidarity. I believe the original culprits are long dead but their policies are alive and well. Jews visit Israel, Italian and Irish Americans proudly visit their homelands and no one seems to have a single negative thing to say! They have a country that loves and embraces them and WE HAVE A WHOLE CONTINENT THAT LOVES AND EMBRACES US!
In Africa, a voice commands him to look around. The Voice: “Do you see any niggers?” He answers meekly “No.” The voice: “Do you know why? Because there aren’t any.” -Richard Pryor via: @officialmichaeljai