Why The Command to Change From Afro 2 Afri
As I was checking Stories on Instagram. I ran into this post being shared by @chossanation called Children of Stolen & Sold Africans. I follow their content on IG because we have a similar message in how we identify ourselves. @chossanation shared a post by an Instagrammer called @queenyonasda stating in an only text story post. How she doesn’t like the word “Afro” in front of any race or nationality of people. Here is the post shared by @chossanation on her IG.
After I read this post, I felt inclined to dig in deeper. I read @queenyonasda originally IG post. After I read this post, I felt ready to dig in deeper.
This post indeed got me thinking about the context of the prefix. The prefix was generated in America Latinas,,, and the Caribbean to the People of African descent. The prefix most likely described the context of our hair and phonetically fits with the Spanish language when representing nationalities. Eventually, the prefix made its way to the US by W.E.B. De Bois and Malcolm X from their travels to the Caribbean. However, African Americans in the 1970s were embracing their natural afro as a political, societal shift in how we embrace our beauty and lifestyle.
The wave of AfroBeats music from Africa transformed how we label the people, music genre, user names, festivals, and events using the prefix “Afro.” It’s for sure the word ‘afro’ is describing our hair texture. Which is part of our human body. Our hair is a symbolic expression of creativity to design our African hairstyles in many unique ways.
The word “Afro” is a contextual and socio-political historical understanding of volumized hair texture. Even in parts of Africa, understand the term ‘afro’ to mean animal fur. People of African descent across the Diaspora have been using the prefix “Afro” to represent their African mixed national identities, culture, music, craft, food, and other lifestyles.
The prefix “Afro” is hyper-focused on volumized hair. I, too, have utilized the prefix “Afro” in my social media usernames and my blog site was called, Black 2 Afro and then called, Black 2 Afri but not settling with AfriEnergy. Reading @queenyonasada’s post made me think we should evolve the word to what is already there. From Afro 2 Afri comes from Afri(can), using the first four letters already in the word to be the new prefix.
We are a unique race of people on many different lands on Earth. The Babylon nations have brainwashed our people through law and media to believe you are a black person, a person of color, or negro. These are imperialist identity terms for another race group to depict their perception of color identity to People of African descent.
The Majority of People of African descent identify as Black because of lost cultural connection to Africa, lost lineage tracing, living American life, and American social history. Let’s not forget those Black folks who don’t care to try to relearn their African tribe and culture. People of African descent should unite under a non-color label derived from imperialist nations.
Tracing your DNA is the roadmap to deprogramming social-imperialist identity terms onto the African people and the English/Europeans too, who we like to call “white supreme cist” even though DNA tracing would link them to the UK and Europe. Honestly should be called “European supremacy.”
As you will see, the name change in my social media accounts, website, and eventually, my email address has evolved to the prefix “Afri.” Black is beautiful, but the prefix “Afri” is reconnective to your origin of the land, tribe, and geographic connection.
Until next time,
AfriEspiritu / AfriEsprit / AfriSpirit / AfriEspirito
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