Essay on African Diaspora

1800 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 8 Pages
Part 1:
Question one is what is the African diaspora? (Who should be considered in the African diaspora? How is this like the black Atlantic and how is it different?). Students should use the Colin Palmer piece to answer this question.

In its most recognizable form, the African diaspora refers to the many cultures and societies abroad that exist throughout the world as the result of the historic movement, mostly forced, of native Africans to other parts of the globe. Most specifically, the African diaspora is the blanket term used to represent a confluence of events that led to the forced displacement of millions of innocent people. The term first originated in the 1950s and initial studies focused on the “dispersal of people of
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Palmer contests that to really understand humankind, we have to start at its roots. The first peoples to migrate out of Africa set the groundwork to building the multi national world we currently inhabit. Many other scholars argue that this point is too early to classify the movement as diaspora, citing the difference in motivations for our distant ancestors. Palmer’s study of the diaspora chronicles one hundred centuries of human interaction and as such, provides a rich and robust library of information. Using his writing as reference we can understand that the African Diaspora is a blanket term used to represent the dispersion of peoples (regardless of motivation) from Africa and the global fallout of racially motivated acts of migration, displacement and exile.
How do people of African heritage in the Americas fight against slavery--use examples from the Haitian revolution and the American revolution.
Those of African heritage found themselves in what O Bolland describes as grinding chain of waste, suffering and destruction. Institutional slavery condemned generations of slaves to a tormented existence. To understand the methods of resistance, we must understand the context of slavery globally. No African willingly choose to enter slavery and yet millions were torn from their homes and shipped to plantations in the Caribbean and the Americas. By the

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