How has the African American understanding of their own African heritage evolved in your lifetime?
I think that, by and large, Africans and African Americans know each other very poorly and this comes at great cost to both of these groups. Each has the potential to be one of the other’s greatest resources in so many respects, but after a period of very hopeful connections forged mostly in the 1950s and ’60s, much of the sense of mutual identification and common cause has dissipated. This theme will also feature in my next book.
To, umm, some subset of Africans the African Americans are the descendants of the losers who got sold into slavery. Africans are those who collected the money from that.
You know, to some extent.