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Is Moving Back to Africa a Viable Option For Black Americans?

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The Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, the Minister for Tourism of Ghana, recently extended an offer for black Americans to return “home” during a recent ceremony in the Ghanaian capital Accra to protest the death of George Floyd.

“We continue to open out arms and invite all brothers and sisters home,” Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi said. “Ghana is your home. Africa is your home. We have arms wide open, ready to welcome you home”.

“You do not have to stay where you are not wanted forever. You have a choice and Africa is waiting for you”.

Ghana has had a campaign since 2018 to convince black Americans either to move to Ghana or to visit the country.

For many disenfranchised African Americans the opportunity to flee the United States seems like a godsend when black men are being murdered in the street by the police regularly, record numbers of unemployment, and the overall systemic racism that exists in the United States. The idea seems appealing but the other side of that coin is that many black Americans are weary of the idea because of how some Africans look down on the black community in the country. Also it is distrust by many because of the historical concept that Africans sold slaves to Europeans.

With the systemic racism that Black Americans face in the United States this could be a great opportunity for us to connect to our ancestral lands and grow economically. The offer seems appealing and could be a favorable circumstance, but with many African Americans having no connection with their ancestral continent some will feel the need to continue fighting for equality in the United States.

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