Five Minute Friday – Roots
I have to say, I haven’t looked much into my roots. As a black woman, everyone says that I should want to go back “home” implying that I want to go back to Africa. But what do I know about Africa and what does Africa know about me. Having grown up in a household with an African stepfather, I felt farther away from what’s considered my “roots” for a long time.
I’ve also never understood the randomness of searching out roots. Very little research has been done to determine exactly where someone is from, but off to an African country they go. Considering Africa is made up of over 50 countries and at least that many tribes, where would you even begin?
After discussing my history with a historian, they said it’s more likely I’m from a European country, never having been enslaved and never having that stain on my family tree.
So, where does that leave me? I’m a black woman who may have never had a family member enslaved, which may also mean that at one time, we may have owned slaves.
But does that matter in this society? Does the fact that my roots may indicate that I was never considered a “lesser than” citizen mean that I deserve a chance?
I’ve worked very hard to be where I’m at and going to continue to pursue my dreams. I wish Martin Luther King, Jr‘s words finally ring true – I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!
OK, are you ready?