Diaspora is based upon a globalized impression of those who identify as black, and that see a relation between
themselves and others in the African diaspora.
Throughout the course in history,
there has been manifestations that have been associated with what is considered
to be the historical parameters of the African Diaspora. This
includes the Back-to-Africa movement,
and Afrocentricity. The main focus on the
overall African Diaspora is looked at through the dispersal of people from
their role in the creation of new cultures, and
their role within institutions.
The characteristics of the African Diaspora are based on a notion of common
common experiences of racisms,
and identification on the part of the
community of blacks.
is significant is that from its beginnings,
the African diaspora as a theoretical concept that used to examine black
has always been about politics.
The idea of African diaspora has been taken and used as a source of political action
as blacks worldwide participate in the movement against racism, injustice, and colonialism. It was constructed, because most people considered blacks
in the diaspora to have no roots or place to actually call home. So,
what is it that defines the concept of a “new African diaspora”? Ultimately
there are two things when it comes to understanding the idea of a new diaspora;
as a conceptual tool and as a political tool.
the last fifty years,
the African American community has faced challenges related to both past and
current discrimination; progress remains slow and aggravating. Remanence of segregation still lurks
in the United States.
Many African Americans still live in predominantly black neighborhoods. Even those who live in suburbia, tend to live in suburbs that are
This has created de facto segregation,
a form of segregation that comes from the decisions of individuals to live in
segregated communities without government action or support.
Meanwhile, grassroots movements to improve
neighborhoods and local schools have taken place in many black communities
across America, in
hopes to better the progress towards more equality. The new diaspora points out the
migrations to the West as well as the influence on Africans living in and out
of the United States.
and connections using experiences of oppression and racism, makes it become easier to see that
there is in fact a new African Diaspora in the United States. Trans-nationalists create an
important part in the integration of the new diaspora. These trans-nationalists are found all
over America in education and businesses.
Their main goal is to bring their culture comfortably into the societies to
where Africans migrate to. They
live in both Africa and the new diaspora,
so they contribute to both to reach the goal of keeping their roots and
practices well alive. Many
African immigrants in the United States have also brought about their cultures
to this region by operating businesses which showcase many different African
items such as clothing,
overall concept of the new diaspora is
to keep African identities,
in and out of societies, from
being redefined as immigrants interact with more and more people around the
globe, thus being influenced by
them. Therefore, new identities begin to arise as immigrant’s
struggle with government policies. The
new African diaspora focuses solely on the impact of African immigrants into
new societies today,
and how Africans could lose their culture if they do not begin to express it
more in their new societies. The
relationship between the old and new diaspora is that they both are making
progress towards equality,
but it is very slow and there will always be more changes needed to. So when it is all said and done, Africa and its people will achieve
emotional stability and political progress.