Marcus Garvey Reflection

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Before taking this class, I didn’t know what to expect. A few friends recommended the class but gave little insight on what the class would be about. When I read the title and description of the class I believed that we would be a simple Black history class, but after taking this class, I learned that it was so much more. Before, I thought I had Blackness figured out seeing that I am a Black woman, but after taking Introduction to the Black Experience, I have learned that there is so much history and ideology I have yet to learn or hear about. More than anything, this class gave me the validation and confidence needed to express my opinions and embrace my Blackness. By taking this class, I was able to understand that my Black classmates had …show more content…
I always wondered why the Black people didn’t go back to Africa after slavery and why they wanted to integrate so much when they didn’t belong in America and were unwanted. For this reason, I grew an appreciation for Marcus Garvey. Before taking this class, I never heard of him and that is unfortunate because Garvey was one of the most interesting people I learned about in class. I love that he stood for independence and unity amongst Black people, fought against the Berlin Conference, and pushed through controversy from his critics. Garvey’s ideology about separatism really made me question the relationship between America and Black people. I completely understood separatism and in a sense it made more sense to separate than to integrate seeing that segregation was happening already. Also there were so many difficulties that have taken place in order to gain equality and integrate with white people that would have been avoided if we just agreed to …show more content…
Therefore my respect and admiration of Garvey came at the cost of my support for W.E.B Dubois. I didn’t fully comprehend why there was so much tension and disdain between the two. I think both of them were stubborn and lacked understanding of one another but I don’t think it was unfair to discredit Garvey due to his arrest and his lack of following through with the Blackstar Line. He definitely did a lot for the progression of Black people and I didn’t like how W.E.B critiqued him. I thought it was important to look at the overall framework Garvey had in place and the privilege W.E.B Dubois had when looking at the power and driving force Garvey

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