It’s really been a tough week to be an African migrant. You may have checked the news about what is going on with African migrants recently, from the mass protests of xenophobia and Afro-phobia in South Africa to the slaughtering of Ethiopian christian migrants in Libya, its been a tough week to process everything being an African migrant myself and still go on with life and be unaffected. I can’t of course help being angry and affected about the injustices happening all over the world to African migrants and African-Americans (including the Freddie Gray unrest in Baltimore). It seems like you can’t turn on the news and go on without seeing something crazy happening to POC now-a-days. The question I really want to ask everyone is “Can we live?”.
Yes, you comprehended it right, Can we live. Can we live being African migrants in the countries we are migrating to. Can we live without racist micro-aggressions following us around everywhere we go, can we live being African migrants in countries we are fully aware that can we came with our strong wills, can we live without having to face protests to get out of your country because you are threatened by us, can we live without you exerting your power to make us feel powerless, can we live without your stereotypical assumptions of how we are and should be, can we live without you mass murdering/ slaughtering us because of our religious beliefs just how ISIS did to my people, can we live, please, can we fucking live?
I can’t imagine how the African migrants who felt threatened by the South Africans or the Ethiopians who were threatened and killed by ISIS must have felt. I really can’t imagine. They had to drop their ego and fight for their rights to exist as they were in countries that didn’t want to see them thrive. What got me shocked was also the fact that Africans in South Africa were the ones telling other Africans to leave the country. I can’t help but imagine what kind of a world we have come to embrace. I was shocked when I heard the news and I’m sure others were shocked as well. It is shocking to see this type of behavior coming from Africans and shown towards other Africans. We definitely see the self hate working towards those specific South Africans who were afro-phobic and showed this type of behavior to their own. I was glad to see the South Africans who marched for justice and who displayed support to the African migrants displaying not all indigenous South Africans feel this way.
These are extreme situations African migrants feel all over the world. Not to mention, there are many un-extreme situations we go through on the daily being African migrants. I go through it myself being an African migrant. I struggle facing untrue assumptions about me on the daily. Assumptions about my character which are untrue, I have to prove to people that I’m not what they think they are and can have actual and decent conversations with others, I have to prove that I don’t come from a place that is poor despite the fact that I am here currently, I have to prove the fact that I don’t have any type of hate towards others, I have to prove the fact that I’m genuine and nice, I have to prove the fact that although I have to struggle everyday to exist in the ways that I am, I can still live a regular, fun life being a 26 year old African migrant, and not to mention still have a long and successful road ahead of me, I have to prove the fact that I love, and love and love with all that I have, I have to prove the fact that you can’t run all over me just because you may have more privileges and more power as a result, I have to prove the fact that I exist, and here I am with all my African ways, and I don’t care how tired you may be of seeing my existence, but I am here to stay.
Much love, peace, power, prosperity and growth to all of my African people and African migrants alike. There will come a time when all of our countries face economic prosperity, growth and democracy for all of our people, and we’ll never have to leave our countries again. To all of you showing hatred towards Africans and African migrants, Africans are here to stay, so you should really face it and get accustomed to it.
Peace and Love,