Is it time to ditch the colour Black for our true heritage, African?
The African Or Black Question: Colour or Heritage? – Ade Sawyerr
In an article I wrote last year, I wondered what people of African descent would make of the declaration of 2011 the International Year for people of African Descent, http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/2011-year-people-african-descent, and to what extent they would benefit from the message of recognition, justice and development that was intended to be the hallmark of the celebrations. Though we are yet to evaluate the significant outcomes of the year of celebration, it has forced on us a question that is being asked about what people of African descent should be called in the Diaspora – ‘The African or Black Question’?
Questions of identity are complex, sensitive and personal, and therefore reaching consensus even after extensive discussion may be difficult. Any answer must be well reasoned and cover issues of race, ethnicity, culture, changes in terminology and colour. My conclusion after considering this issue is that the colour Black does not quite denote our identity in Britain and that our heritage and historical geography, African is a more enduring and fitting term for our identity as a people.