African & Caribbeans in Consulting

As a Caribbean woman, do you find it difficult to connect with African American women?

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I’ve always struggled to connect with AfAm women. I find it easier to connect with other international folks (visa issues are real)

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I personally don't, but I was born and raised in U.S with Jamaican parents who were actually quite old school Caribbeans,if you know what I mean. I've got of lots African - American friends I connect with in addition to African and other Caribbean friends. I notice that my friends I most deeply connect with do share the fact that we are first generation(parents from another county) and minorities.

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Same! I am first generation American from African parents and while I do have AA friends I connect more with other first generation kids.

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I find that my closest friends regardless of race are first-generation people.

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Case in point for this bowl 😊

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What do you feel the disconnect is?

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I’ve also heard about or observed Afro-Caribbeans that find it difficult to connect with Africans. Sometimes it’s because we form stereotypes types of each other and/or have preconceived expectations of what to expect.

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I came here as a child and Grew up in an Af American community. They hated all immigrants. Even in NYC, they would tell me I'm not Black, I'm Jamaican (I'm from St Lucia).. they would beat me up and call me a booty scratcher. I stick to international crowds because I grew up with them and have my own issues with that community. Subsequently all the foreign people saved up enough to move out of that neighborhood and buy houses in an Italian neighborhood near by. So now we own most of the houses in this neighborhood and I no longer go back to the other neighborhood which was mostly cruddy buildings etc etc. I honestly feel like they act the same as the White Americans but don't know it.

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A3, African here, and lived in primarily African American communities when I migrated here. Got some of those xenophobic treatments, but it’s not summative of all African-Americans. Personally I have received a lot of help in my career and personal life from African Americans. I feel it’s misleading and undermining to define a group of people by isolated events. Keep in mind the other day South Africans in Johannesburg we’re killing other Africans.

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I think it’s just easier to connect with people who have similar experiences to you. I’m super social and have friends across different demographics but the more similar our backgrounds are the easier it is to relate. It just eliminates the required learning that needs to happen with people of different backgrounds.

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Girllll yes

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P1 I am not here to have you criticize my experience. What I felt and sated needs no correction. You had a different experience? Cool.. go frolicking with them. Not my issue. Your good experience doesntnegate mine. And I can name half a dozen other states I've lived in. I am entitled to my experience. I am Black From the Americas. I know American Blacks like Nigerians know Ghanaians, the experience of our countries is not isolated events. But nice try. Minimize one to uphold the other...

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A3, 🙏🏾. I did not mean the experience of your country, I meant the experience of xenophobia from African Americans. I honor your journey and ancestry. My hope is that we can all share our different pains and pasts and uplift each other. Please accept my sincere apologies if my comment came across like minimizing.

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