Thursday, February 3, 2011

Kola Boof on Black Egyptians

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shalom Miriam,
Thanks for the link to Kola Boof.That was informative.I can remember when I was in Egypt in 1980.I went from Jerusalem overland to El Arish and took a bus to Cairo after crossing the canal.The borders between the two countries hadn't been opened long and I traveled with other Americans who were on the One Year Program at The Hebrew University.

As I watch with extreme trepidation the revolution in progress taking place in Egypt today,I can't help but think back on that visit and recall that my overall impression of Egypt was that it was a true third world country.The poverty was unlike any I'd ever seen and yet you could go to another section and be in Beverly Hills.

I met the nicest people in the world and they invited us into their homes and treated my African-American girlfriend and I like honorary men,without any restrictions.

I do remember two incidents that stayed with me always and that was that my girlfriend and I left the other white students soon after we got there on the advise of a dark skinned Egyptian who had spent time in America.It seems he was taken for a "nigger" in the U.S. He never forgot the racism he experienced and identified with us as Black Americans.

The other thing that has stayed with me all these years is when we met a white American couple who were tourists.The first question out of their mouths was "What are you doing here"?My friend was from Newark and didn't take any mess.She turned to them and replied"I'm home.What are you doing here"?Then we got into a discussion with them about whether or not Egypt was Africa.

They claimed Egypt as part of the Mediterranean and akin to ancient Greece and Rome,in other words Europe, and we insisted that ancient Egypt was a unique culture firmly rooted in Africa before the Arab invasions.

Oh well it was a fascinating experience and it made me think of something my mother used to say.She would say that the white man wanted everything good for himself and nothing good for us.That was her reality growing up in the segregated South,but she only starting speaking like that after she became ill and I became her primary caregiver.I wonder what my world view would have been if I'd grown up hearing those types of proclamations.As it was I had to learn the hard way,but learn I did.

Miriam said...

Shalom, Anonymous,

Kola is certainly something else. Such an eye popper and strengthener for me.

Don't know if you read my post about how down I was with putting the kids in school due to all the imagery I'd have no control over (everything and everyone white white white lol).

Well, hearing from Kola gives me strength to continue and make sure they kids know they have a beautiful heritage and background on both sides.

"treated my African-American girlfriend and I like honorary men,without any restrictions."

I believe it. Oy, how I yearn so badly for commeraderie amongst Black folks the world over.

"She turned to them and replied"I'm home.What are you doing here"?"

POW!!! LOL. that was a great comeback!!

"white man wanted everything good for himself and nothing good for us."

And its that last part of that sentence that is a problem. Why is it not enough that they succeed, why must all others fail? What greed.