Anyone who has seen the above scene and identifies or at one time identified themselves as being “black”, can remember the emotions it invoked. How shocking it must’ve been to the so-called “African” American community that the people they admired and looked to for answers about their identity and history, looked upon them as uncultured, lacking in certain principals that would deem one to be relegated into “uncivilized” peoples box, and thusly treated as such; uncivilized. I know how it made me feel, especially as a young boy having some level of consciousness that would allow me to identify with being “African”. In my emotional and immature 11-year-old mind, I said: “Fuck them
WHAT IS AN AKATA?
My research has shown me that the word “akata” is a Yoruba word, and though used in a derogatory manner for African Americans by many Africans both in and outside of Africa, it is alledgedly not a derogatory term at all. The very beautiful sista below further expounds on this subject.
It means a cat that doesn’t live at home like a wildURBAN DICTIONARY
nondomesticated cat, this is used to reference mostly African Americans as they are considered Africans by all Africans but the fact that they don’t live in Africa make them akata while those of us who live at home can be considered as Ologbo (cat). It is no different from an African American calling his buddies “cat”, it is just that the Yorubas recognize the fact that this is a cat that isn’t at home.
The above definition comes by way of the Urban Dictionary website. The poster of the definition purports his/her self to be an actual Yoruba tribesman/tribe-woman who also studied Yoruba in High school, which I’m sure is no different than speaking English as a first language, yet you still learn it as a subject at school. In my time, Language Arts used to be English.
So knowing that the word “akata” is not a “bad word“, then why do Africans use it in such a derogatory manner?
What we find to be strange is that the above statements were made by Africans who no longer live on the continent of Africa. The Yoruba Urban Dictionary poster also stated:
It is also another word used to identify Africans who have visited America.URBAN DICTIONARY
This simply means that ANY African who NO LONGER lives on the continent of Africa is an “akata” by the very definition, a fact that many of our African brothas and
SO, DO YOU AFRICANS HATE AFRICAN AMERICANS?
I honestly don’t think that is the case at all. What some so-called African Americans fail to realize is that Africans have the same system working against them that is working against African Americans. They too have the “white supremacy” media propaganda machine that portrays African Americans to them as gangsters, whores, and lazy criminals just as it presents Africans as a bunch of starving poor people with big bellies and flies stuck to their faces. Africans and African Americans have been given false images of one another. The sole purpose of this is simply to divide and conquer, an old tactic that Africans in America and so-called African Americans should be very well cognizant of. Even still, we cannot overlook the purposeful use of the negative connotations of the word akata, especially when the children of African immigrants are assimilating into so-called African American culture. Even when you look at the youth of Africa today, you can see that they are copying and mimicking the American Akata people.