The United States Presidential Election of 2016 Evidence of New Black Nationalism

Many Black Americans identify with Africa in different ways. Some Black Americans consider themselves African. Not African American, African. This thinking and logic is based in history as well as in the present-day reality of the African diaspora. Such a connection with Africa historically gives way to identifying with traditional or ancient African customs and lifestyles. However more recently, younger Black American generations are noticing and studying current African countries and their leaders.

·        Idriss Deby, President of Chad

·        Ali-Ben Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon

·        Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

Many Black Americans were aware of Muammar Gaddafi’s remarkable achievements to make Libya a great nation. Mr. Gaddafi had also initiated several endeavors to make countries in Africa strong and independent in order to form a true African union without the need of American or European involvement. In fact, the trajectory of Libya’s movements toward becoming a global power were beginning to be quite noticeable and potentially threatening to those who are comfortable with the present state of this world.

In some social circles of Black Americans, Muammar Gaddafi was considered a brother. When Mr. Gaddafi was murdered, many Black Americans were affected in several ways. Many of us mourned our brother all the way to the ballot box on November 8, 2016.
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