Talkin Points: African Americans & Africans

What you need to know

africaMost African immigrants experience difficulty fitting in with African Americans according to a recent survey by the U.S. African Chamber of Commerce. The relationship between African Americans and Africans needs to be explored to foster understanding and increase dialogue, says organization president Martin Mohammed. Half the survey respondents agreed that Africans are completely different from black Americans; only 9% disagreed. For more on Africans in the U.S., see “A Unique Consumer Market,” Diversity Watch, August 2009.

– 50% of African immigrants see themeselves as completely different from African Americans.

– 79% of African immigrants view themselves as African rather than American.

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