Hey all, welcome back to the writer’s block. I was going through this book called, “African Immigrants and African Americans”, by Dr. Eugene Walton. This book is a graphic depiction on the distance between African American and Africans in the United States today. People, this is some powerful, powerful knowledge here done by Dr Walton, this book covers more than just the Diaspora of Africans in the west. Let me Quote something from Dr Walton’s book: “we reduce them from their natural state in nature. Whereas nature provides them with the natural capacity to take care of their offspring, we break that natural string of independence from them and thereby create a dependency status, so that we may be able to get from them useful production for our business and pleasure.” This is a Quote from one, Willie Lynch, whom we all know too well from American History. It details exactly what we see happening in African American societies today and around the Western World. Let me quote another passage.
“―You must keep your eye and thoughts on the female and the offspring….if you break the female mother she will break the offspring in the early years of development, and when the offspring is old enough to work, she will deliver it up to you…by the time a nigger boy reached the age of sixteen, he is soundly broken in and ready for a long life of sound and efficient work in the production of a unit of good labor force.” Again, the diabolical plot. I know this s off topic of the actual content of the book. But this, this is so prevalent in the behavior of the Black Men and Women in the African American Societies Globally today. Seems in a way the Willie Lynch brand became a Global entity and tool that continues to affect many communities today. At any rate, let’s give a warm welcome to Dr Walton and hear what he’ discovered during his time researching for this book and writing it.
INT: Dr. Walton, welcome to the Writer’s Block. You bring a different flavor from most of the other publications we feature, so lets get to this “new meat” and have you tell me what it is all about.
Right off the bat, what is African Immigrants and African Americans; Community or Conflict about?
EW: My book is about a researcher’s journey (mine) to his historical roots to see how the people (Africans) he left behind 400 years ago felt about him upon his return to his and their roots. The return journey took place in West Africa of the 1960’s, compliments of the U.S. Information Agency, which employed yours truly the researcher as a Research Officer.
INT: Wow that’s a lot to digest. What did you research and what did you find?
EW: I supervised opinion surveys of the attitudes of West Africans generally, but mostly of Nigerians. The main thrust was always on attitudes toward the Cold War, but I was able to slip in some questions on their attitudes toward Black Americans. I found their attitudes toward Black Americans to be QUITE POSITIVE —they felt a certain “community” with Black Americans in spite of the separation of years of history and miles of geography.
INT: This is 2012—50 years later, so why are you writing about this now?
EW: I wanted to review African attitudes toward Back American back then from afar and compare these with the attitudes of African immigrants in America and see if they are still positive after being on the American scene and rubbing elbows with Black Americans from up close.
INT: And what did you find out?
INT: First let me qualify “what I found out” by pointing out that my current research is not based on public opinion surveys like the USIA surveys of the 1960’s. Without the resources comparable to those I had access to through the USIA, my search was limited to what I could find on the Internet in terms of
Web site articles, videos, blogs and online conversations. This was not the same as the first hand responses of face-face-to-face interviews, but there was no scarcity of opinions.
Now let me answer the question: I found the current attitudes of African immigrants toward
Black Americas to be MOSTLY NEGATIVE. African immigrants view Black Americans as being violent, lazy, and not taking advantage of America’s opportunities.
INT: Wow, so basically the majority of Africans today do not view Western Africans in a favorable way? How did finding this make you feel?
EW: I felt very disappointed because I think I wanted to find an extension of the attitudes I found five decades ago. But I reported what I found, as I found it.
INT: Does the finding, as you found it, mean that the relations of African immigrants and African Americans, here and now in America, are headed away from “community” and toward “conflict?”
EW: Possibly yes, but not necessarily so. At this point in time African Americans, by and large, are hardly aware of the immigrants’ attitudes toward them. And if they come into this knowledge only after a social “explosion” between the groups this could lead to major conflict based on emotional reaction to events.
Making African Americans award of immigrants’ attitudes can and should lead to problem solving communication that heads off unnecessary conflict. I hope that my book serves as an “early warning” of what could lie ahead unless we initiate and sustain this badly needed communication.
INT: Thank you for coming on the writer’s block Dr Walton, it is a great thing to see someone focused on the only reparation that needs to occur. The Unification of the African and her children that were taken from her years ago. African Americans, Africans everywhere, this is a book that you need to open, to share with your children so they know their history and their present circumstances. A man cannot stand alone, a people cannot stand divided, there must be a unification of the African-African American in order to properly heal the wounds of the past that has led to the ailments of the present.
Dr. Walton thank you for coming on and for being a part of the writer’s block. I have no doubt that your book, your presentation will be the most powerful testimony on this platform this year and maybe for years to come. Readers, I would urge you to find this book in print or as an Ebook on Amazon