American Blackness Is Global Blackness

Nation, religion and language take precedence elsewhere. Here, you’re black first.

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And yet it happens. The assumption of a singular global blackness isn’t unlike the one that props up the notion of a dominant American blackness. Both the shared memory of struggle and the diversity of experience of the world’s black people are obscured for the sake of an agenda based on erasure.

Rawiya Kameir is a Toronto-based writer who has lived in Abidjan, Cairo, Tunis, London and New York.