Invisible and Not Really Black?

What people say when they don't know you're an immigrant.

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It's this sort of schizophrenic thinking that keeps us trapped in some myth of a monolithic black culture and blinds us to the reality of what's happening right here, right now. According to immigration statistics, the number of Africans who have immigrated to the United States since 1990 now exceeds the number of Africans who were forcibly brought to these shores during the slave trade. And just because some may choose not to see us doesn't mean we're not here, laying claim to this so-called nation of immigrants.

Meri Nana-Ama Danquah is a regular contributor to The Root.

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