Are We African or Something Else? Part 1, The Claim in Context.
Lecture. Video. Community deliberation.
Whether memory or myth, family lore or documentable tribal affiliation, the claim to Native American Ancestry is well-known and long-lived in our community. These days, a particular version of this claim is making its way to the forefront of community consciousness via You Tube and Social Media. That is, the idea that Black Americans are not African descendant, but are instead indigenous to N. America–that we are, in fact, the Native Americans. In a 2-part series, JOKOCollective will recount the development of this claim in the 20th Century and examine it from perspectives of socio-philosophy and cultural theory. We will take a look at how the claim might impact political solidarity in the context of Pan- Africanism, and in the context of relations with First Nations peoples and our Chicano allies.