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African Cultural Retention
This paper explores the question: Are African Americans destroying African culture?
# 102439 | 765 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2008 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper explains that African culture retention is noticeable in many aspects of the American lifestyle. The author points out that the African heritage for U.S. blacks survived the vicious system of slavery, despite attempts to remove remnants of African culture from the slaves and to instill a European/white culture so that they could be more accepting of their situation. The paper relates that some distorted cultural practices such as violence, sometimes labeled as "African", are not even remotely related to any kind of link with the cultural diversity of the African continent. The author concludes that the issue of African cultural retention and the destruction of the African-American society is so intertwined that it is sometimes hard to examine them separately.

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Tenets of African Culture In the United States

From the Paper:

"The retention component has also been used to damage the influence of African culture; for example acts of violence or family structure, and or social interactions have sometimes been linked to the African culture, or the travesty of slavery, or even more so, the cultural practices in Africa concerning relationships, marriage, and relationships. Liberating African American cultural identity will show that the African influence or content of this identity, although not in a pure form, offers a significant amount of positive influences."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Mutisya, P. and Ross, L.(2005). Afrocentricity and Racial Socialization among African American College Students. Journal of Black Studies, (35), 235-247.
  • Scott, W. (2005). The Long and Rugged Road. An African American Reader: Essays on African-American History, Culture and Society. Washington: United States Department of State, Study of United States Branch.
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