"Are Black Americans Degenerates?" Is The Type of Question We Shouldn't Ignore
This type of rhetoric is spreading like wildfire.
Whenever Black Americans experience racism, we face a difficult decision. We can either address the racism and potentially get mired into a pit of bad faith arguments or ignore it altogether. But, the problem with ignoring bad faith arguments is they don't go away just because we don't have the patience to unravel the thread. Like a weed in the garden, racist talking points aim to cut off the supply of resources Black communities need and put all Black people in danger.
In the bottomless pit of the internet, a Twitter Spaces room asked, "Are Black Americans Degenerates?" And the answer is an unequivocal "no," though the hundreds of listeners didn't seem to think so. African Immigrants and White Supremacists tag-teamed Black Americans, claiming they are violent, lazy degenerates.
If you're not privy to the "diaspora wars," here's the rub. Some Black Americans perpetuate xenophobia against non-American Black immigrants. I'm sure you've heard of the group ADOS, which poorly represents the beliefs of Black Americans. They have spread lies about immigrants as if they are holding Black Americans back. Let's be clear. These claims have no merit. In this country, Black immigrants often find themselves in similar circumstances to Black Americans, even with entirely different worldviews.
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On the other side, some African Immigrants believe Black Americans are degenerates and use some immigrants’ success stories as proof that we don't truly experience racism — we're just defective. So, why is this relevant, you may ask?
Black Americans have a myriad of political agenda items on the plate, like criminal justice reform, adequately funded public schools, equitable healthcare, and banking services, to name a few. But, what happens when Black immigrants feel convinced that Black Americans don't need transformative policies — they…