We must remeber that before there was Babylon there was Akebulan, Africa is not an original name. Even further along this line of reasoning, when the enslavers came and took so much preciousness from the land and changed it's name and divided it into countries, what was left... Ethiopia. Now as far back as reliable history goes in North Africa is Kemet, traslation land of the Blacks. So we must therfore reason that using African as a substitute for Black is not apropriate. It takes away one of the buildig blocks of Black pride. Black people are an achient beautiful people. A people stripped of their culture, heritage and inheratance. What more are you personally willing to take from such a people. How can you reason to take away their very Blackness that which has sustained them and keep them connected to their homeland for so many years of degredation and confusion. It is not a question of excluding non-Blacks, it is a question of reuniting the Black family. It is a question of not allowing so many years of struggle to turn Black people back into people of color or colored people. It is not a question of division but rather distinction. Self respect is a neccessary element to liberation. Nobody says to the pale man, if you call yourself white then you are racist, it is only the Black man who recieves this message. Black is a distinction, it is a statment that says, "I am not a nigger" it says "I am not a negro" it says "I am not colored". It is an act of defiance to those who want us to embrace a European ideal. Greece says it shall be called Egypt, and so it is called. Arabs say it shall be an Islamic state, and so it became. Europeans said it shall be named Africa, and so it remains. But what about the legacy that a Black man and a Black woman had reserved for their Black children? Must they forever concide to having no inheratance, even though their ancestors came from the richest land on Earth.
If the Queen of England went to Saudi Arabia, put the royal family in chains and took them back to England as her personal servants, would the world stand for this? No, the Saudi royal family would sue. They would take back their country, their wealth and even on top of that ask for compensation for pain and suffering.
When America gave Isreal to the Jews, did the Palastinians lay down and roll over? No, they still fight back today.
But yet the decendants of the enslavers want to tell the decendants of the slaves to choose another word to describe themselves than the one that was in use thousands of years before Europe learned not to throw their trash into the street.
Where is the day that Black people get to dictate this sort of thing to Europeans? Where is the day that Europe excuses the debt of so many African countries that are crushed benieth the weight of poverty and debt?
Where is the day that nobody interfeirs with the conclusions of a people for its own people?
Why is it only an exclusive thing when Black people try to define themselves? Why is it an act of hatred when Black people remeber slavery but not when Jews remeber the Holocoust? How long before the restoration of Black people's lives is not a argument but rather an agreement?