Lou Gossett Jr: “I Call Myself An American Negro, Not An African American!” – The LanceScurv Show

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I honestly didn’t know what to make of 78 year old Oscar winning actor Lou Gossett Jr.’s comments on his racial identity, but something about it struck me in a strange manner because it left the taste in my mouth that he was attempting to distance himself away from being categorized as Black.

This has been an epidemic in the Black community, who has more names than the creator Himself and has yet to be content with whatever latest label we deem ourselves to be.

But it goes deeper than a label in my book, because no matter how creative the covering maybe, if we feel as though we are worthless to the core it will bring no sense of satisfaction at all.

Also, since being Black is like a rare credit card – not accepted in most places – many of us find some very creative ways to reduce our levels of Blackness in order to be accepted by those who don’t like us no matter how hard we try.

It’s almost as though our Blackness is treated like being exposed to high doses of radiation and too dangerous to be associated with because of the many risks to our health.

So we live a life where in most of our days our minds are caught up in adjusting our natural selves to neatly fit into the stereotypical framework of what the sick racist mind determines as our boundaries.

If anyone of us doubts that we have some serious issues about our selves as God made us then let that person know that they are mentally ill on a severe level.

It took us hundreds of years to arrive into this mentality and it will take us damn near just as long to completely break the mental chains of oppression that we have suffered over and above any other people who have walked the face of this earth!

Please feel free to leave your thoughts, perspectives and words below in the comment area below.

Peace, Righteous Love & Revolution Always,

Your Brother,

LanceScurv

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  • soymiguelalejandro23

    A Black person like a white person who was born in America is an American. Now as for the term American Negro. Negro simply means Black in Spanish. I was born in the United States. I am an American Negro, A Black American, An Indigenous American. I am also Choctaw Indian. My Grandparents were born on the Reservation. I am a proud Black Native American. What I am NOT is an immigrant aka “African_American” because I was not born in an African Country, I did not immigrate to this country from an African country. I do not hold a dual citizenship in an African Country as well as the United States. If all a person has is a Birth Certificate that indicates a U.S. city, county and state of your birth you are a American regardless if you are Blue Black Purple or Green.I personally don’t give a rats ass who wishes to view me as an immigrant “African -American” who in reality can be a person of any race or ethnic group such as Blacks, Whites, Arabs, Asians and Indians who were born and raised in any one of the many African countries who immigrate to the United States and goes through the three to five year legal process that is required to become an American. Anyone who immigrates to the United States from another country has immigration papers. African immigrants are not exempt from that process. Check out my documentary “Blacks and Native Americans 1585 and Beyond”. The European Explorers documented and drew in the notes when they came here the many indigenous Blacks upon their arrival. This was documented many times over but is NOT taught publicly.As for Whites they came here on a boat in 1620 from England. They are the descendants of immigrants from Europe yet they don’t refer to themselves across the board as “European – American” and won’t allow you to reclassify them that either. They won’t do this because they are not about to do anything to compromise their status as first class citizens or Natural Citizens of the United States. As for Blacks who were born here in the United States no matter if they are the descendants of the indigenous blacks who were here prior to the arrival of Europeans or the descendants of immigrants from Africa if they were born in this country they are full unhyphenated Americans just as white Americans are.

  • A Charles

    Lance I dont think he was trying to distance himself away from being black.negro,black, or African American wasnt a term that we came up with. before we were displaced we were identified by tribes or clans. I was born in Antigua but a white person came up with the name Antigua it wasnt a name the black people or indians that lived on the island before us came up with. I call myself black because thats what I heard from family and others that I was around. But I know thats not a name we came up for describing ourselves. One thing that you said that is true its that we are confused, We dont have a culture or many ties to Africa.

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