Marianne Ngalula, Junior Accountant (2016-present)
Originally Answered: What do black Africans think about black Americans (and vice versa)?
Born and raised in The Democratic Republic of Congo (central Africa).

(回答一)在刚果民主共和国(中非)出生和长大。


First, I hate when I hear people saying “I’m planning to spend my holidays in France, Mumbai, Beijing, London, Oslo, Melbourne, and Africa.” Africa is not a country for god’s sake! Africa is a continent with many different countries just like Europe or Asia. What’s even more sad is that you will hear that even from Black American. It’s like they don’t care themselves. Like they are not awared of their own history (ancient history). Black History is not just Martin Luther King. But I guess after so many years/centuries away of their own lands, they faced different challenges that made up a new story of ‘Black people’. Their own story of what ‘Being Black’ is. Which can be very understandable. But Africa is not a country, no!

首先,我讨厌听到人们说“我计划去法国、孟买、北京、伦敦、奥斯陆、墨尔本和非洲度假。”看在上帝的份上,非洲不是一个国家!非洲是一个有许多不同国家的大陆,就像欧洲或亚洲一样。更可悲的是,即使是美国黑人也是这样认为的。就好像他们不关心自己(的家乡)一样。好像他们也不了解自己的历史(古代历史)。黑人历史不仅仅只有马丁·路德·金。但我猜,在离开自己的土地这么多年/几个世纪之后,美国黑人面临着不同的挑战,他们创造了一段新的“黑人”历史。所以不了解非洲是可以理解的。但是非洲不是一个国家,不是!

Their culture is mostly associated with Rap/Hip-Pop music which itself is rough and sometimes seen as brutal. If someone asked me “Give me three things/words that come to your mind when you hear Black American” I would say “Guns, N**ga, bad english”. This is sad but … I cannot help it.

美国黑人的文化大多与Rap/Hip-Pop音乐联系在一起,Rap/Hip-Pop音乐本身就很粗糙,有时被认为是野蛮的。如果有人问我“当你想到美国黑人时,你脑海中浮现的三件事/词是什么”,我会说“枪,N**ga(尼哥),满嘴脏话”。这很可悲,但这就是我对美国黑人的印象。


I lived in London for almost 9 or 10 months. And when I went back to my country, and people would hear me speak in english they will say “Your english is very different! It’s more beautiful and it’s seem like a serious language. ” I would go “That’s because you spend your time on american english.”

我在伦敦住了9到10个月。当我回到我的国家,人们听到我说英语,他们会说“你的英语很不一样!”它更漂亮,而且听起来像是一种更严肃的语言。我会说:“那是因为你只关注美式英语而已。”

Why “serious language”? Because whenever you ask someone to speak english they go “Hey N***ga! Wassup bro!” “Get the f**** out of my way!” or “Really N***ga” (This one is very famous)! Or if they don’t really know english they just say “A yo man!” shaking their fingers like rappers.

为什么人们会把英式英语视为“严肃的语言”呢?因为大多数黑人都喜欢模仿美国黑人的说话腔调,他们都会说“嘿!”N**ga(尼哥),今天过得怎么样!”,或者“都他妈的给老子滚开!”或者“你认真的? N**ga(尼哥)”(这句话非常有名)!即使有些人不懂英语,他们也会模仿说唱歌手的样子,一边晃动手指,一边说“A yo man!(呦,兄弟)”。

So to sum it up, we have quite a bad image of Black Americans, although many people in my country envy them. I think they envy more ‘Living in the USA’ than ‘Being a black American’. But this can also be argued. Someone told me once “Why didn’t my ancestors become slaves so that I would be born in the USA and be an American today…” I was shocked! Yeah pretty messed up minds!

总而言之,我们非洲黑人对美国黑人的印象很差,尽管我们国家的很多人都羡慕他们。我想他们更羡慕的是“住在美国”,而不是“成为美国黑人”。但这也不一定。有一次有人告诉我“为什么我的祖先不做奴隶,这样我就能出生在美国,成为今天的美国人……”我很震惊!他的话就和美国黑人一样,不喜欢上学但想却要获得成功并拥有美好生活。