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)在剛果民主共和國(中非)出生和長大。


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,我討厭聽到人們說“我計劃去法國、孟買、北京、倫敦、奧斯陸、墨爾本和非洲度假?!笨丛谏系鄣姆萆?,非洲不是一個國家!非洲是一個有許多不同國家的大陸,就像歐洲或亞洲一樣。更可悲的是,即使是美國黑人也是這樣認為的。就好像他們不關心自己(的家鄉)一樣。好像他們也不了解自己的歷史(古代歷史)。黑人歷史不僅僅只有馬丁·路德·金。但我猜,在離開自己的土地這么多年/幾個世紀之后,美國黑人面臨著不同的挑戰,他們創造了一段新的“黑人”歷史。所以不了解非洲是可以理解的。但是非洲不是一個國家,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.

美國黑人的文化大多與Rap/Hip-Pop音樂聯系在一起,Rap/Hip-Pop音樂本身就很粗糙,有時被認為是野蠻的。如果有人問我“當你想到美國黑人時,你腦海中浮現的三件事/詞是什么”,我會說“槍,N**ga(尼哥),滿嘴臟話”。這很可悲,但這就是我對美國黑人的印象。


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.”

我在倫敦住了9到10個月。當我回到我的國家,人們聽到我說英語,他們會說“你的英語很不一樣!”它更漂亮,而且聽起來像是一種更嚴肅的語言。我會說:“那是因為你只關注美式英語而已?!?

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.

為什么人們會把英式英語視為“嚴肅的語言”呢?因為大多數黑人都喜歡模仿美國黑人的說話腔調,他們都會說“嘿!”N**ga(尼哥),今天過得怎么樣!”,或者“都他媽的給老子滾開!”或者“你認真的? N**ga(尼哥)”(這句話非常有名)!即使有些人不懂英語,他們也會模仿說唱歌手的樣子,一邊晃動手指,一邊說“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!

總而言之,我們非洲黑人對美國黑人的印象很差,盡管我們國家的很多人都羨慕他們。我想他們更羨慕的是“住在美國”,而不是“成為美國黑人”。但這也不一定。有一次有人告訴我“為什么我的祖先不做奴隸,這樣我就能出生在美國,成為今天的美國人……”我很震驚!他的話就和美國黑人一樣,不喜歡上學但想卻要獲得成功并擁有美好生活。