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Online Petition: African Americans seeks asylum to come back to “AFRICA” from African governments

An online petition by the #WeWantToGoHome campaign is asking African governments to open their borders to African Americans who seek to cross the Atlantic, in a direction opposite to that of their ancestors, and return to the continent as asylum seekers.

It may sound strange to some who believe that the United States of America truly is the “land of the free”, especially when compared to some African states’ draconian laws on freedom of expression and homosexuality. But just because it looks rich and smells funny doesn’t mean it’s manure.

A group has started a campaign urging African governments to offer asylum for African Americans who are experiencing daily institutionalised repression in the USA. The petition authored by a Brenda Pearson is targeting 2,500 signatures. At the time of writing, there were already 2,330 signatures on it.

We understand that Africa is a continent with vast and dynamic cultural tapestries and thus there is no one-size-fits-all place where we can return. We are simply asking that we have the opportunity to return to the birthplace of our ancestors in order to try to rebuild and heal from our trauma. In return, we will bring all of the talents, skill, and richness that we have given to America in order to help make your nations great while still preserving your cultural identities.

The #WeWantToGoHome movement also has a Facebook page where 1,139 people are in support of the initiative.

Strange as it may sound or read, perhaps there is some substance to it. One can only imagine how much fear is growing in the US’s African American communities in the past few months as more and more innocent individuals are killed at the hands of white police officers for no other reason than the colour of their skins. It is, however, an interesting coincidence that such a campaign would come into being during the tenure of the US’s first African American president who is, at the time of writing this, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia having just addressed the African Union.

Check out the petition and support the campaign at Change.org.

Written by How Africa

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  1. I would like salute My brothers and sisters who have got the Idea of returning back to their roots. I may say they are free to do so as long as each them knows where his/her acestors come from, meaning country. Their plea must be directed to the countries of their origion. I think this one can make their request heard by that country unless otherwise. This is only an Idea. I really feel pain of what’s happening to you on daily basis.

    • I do not think it is possible to find out what countries we come from. We are a distinct group of people.. as we are mixed many various african tribes across most of west africa.. to central africa. The same thing goes for jamaicans, haitians and many people who are the decendants of slaves.

      • Neal smelly, From the origin of the word “slave”, I think that its use to refer to Africans taken captives and forced into labor is wrong. “Enslaved” is a more appropriate word.
        So their descendants are descendants of the enslaved, NOT descendants of slaves.

        • Neal Kelley, From the origin of the word “slave”, I think that its use to refer to Africans taken captives and forced into labor is wrong. “Enslaved” is a more appropriate word.
          So their descendants are descendants of the enslaved, NOT descendants of slaves.

        • Actually it is from Slavic as those where the people enslaved by Romans. Yes, Africa is the cradle to slavery and it even still exists on that so wonderful and beautiful continent and in some locations most can purchase one of their own. The new word is indentured servants and it is a wonderful opportunity for those with money.

      • Mali Vincent Williams, From the origin of the word “slave”, I think that its use to refer to Africans taken captives and forced into labor is wrong. “Enslaved” is a more appropriate word.
        So their descendants are descendants of the enslaved, NOT descendants of slaves.

  2. I believe that it is essential that we are able to scout out other places to live..because this plantation still has no love for us.

  3. Why ask someone else to release you when you are the one holding yourself? All that you need to do is start investing in your ancestral home land now, because where your is, is where your heart is. But if you continue to believe in faulty media reports that portray your original home land as a place destined by nature for poverty and disease, then you can continue to stay where you are out of complacency.

    • Yes I agree. African Americans should do DNA and determine from where their ancestors sold them and at which ports and visas to return to their origins leaving their USA passports at their feet as the board the airlines.

  4. It was told by father Simon Kimbangu at Mbanza Nsanda in province of Kongo Central on September 10,1921 that those one (Our Brothers and Sisters) sold out in America and elsewhere in the world that they will return in Africa in a days and years to come. And today it is only the fulfillment of the divine will.

  5. Africa is the future, Africans must unite for the future. Welcome home all Africans together lets build Africas future.

  6. Ya welcome home brothers and sister, you don’t have to search the country of origin, we are at least 53 contries, choose any country in africa and contact the goverment.

  7. All Afro Americans should and must DNA to find from where their roots are and from where they were sold so as to return to the wonderful Africa! Africa has so much opportunities for you and you for her. Please hurry we want you.

  8. My people this can be a scammer trying to stop any idea of this sort and catch the root and quench it but if you guys are ready then thereis no more worries . The country is ghana ok the tribes and the chiefs of the tribes who took the spoil after the trade are all here and we always talk about you. I wish to speek like this for now because 1.this is a public place and 2. I dont knowwho is talking yet but i beg you be patient everything is done by wisdom but more also in all your getting get understanding love you all God bless you

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