Sunday, May 14, 2006

You Can Go Home Again ... or Maybe You Can't

Ghana is planning to offer lifetime visas and even dual Ghanaian-U.S. citizenship to African-Americans who descend from slaves. Naima Mateen from Ohio moved there with her husband a few years back, and found that getting in touch with her "African-ness" was more difficult than she had expected.

Ghanaians, whom she had hoped would greet her as a lost sister, called her obruni, or "white foreigner," the term used for any foreigner with a lighter skin tone.
"Here I'm obruni, an American, a foreigner," she said. After years of touting her African roots, "now I think of the U.S. as home," she said. [Link]

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