- Jun 9, 2017
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Words like “sub-Saharan Africa” are GOOD words to use if you are talking about white power and the world it has created (colonialism, racism, racialized identities, etc)Sub-Saharan Africa - Wikipedia
Nothing in this article suggests that South Africa is excluded from the designation.
How is a geographical designation racist? Sub-Saharan literally means below the Sahara Desert.
The UN uses the term to designate the region for statistical purposes. Is the UN racist?
But they are TERRIBLE terms to use, as tools of thought.
It draws a big fat line across Africa based on race. It makes the most diverse part of the world into undifferentiated blob.
- Are Italy and Greece “sub-Nordic” ?
- Are the U.S. and Mexico “sub-Canadian”?
- Is Latin America sub-Anglo-America?
Black folks are on both sides of the Sahara as well. There are millions of blacks who live all across the Sahara, as their ancestors have lived for thousands of years.
When whites use the terms “Sub Saharan” Africa they are mostly referring to stereotypical phenotypes associated with Black people. The fault with this reasoning is that there is no single Black phenotype in Africa.
Even within certain African ethnic groups there is genetic diversity which dictates hair textures and types, eye color, nose shape, skin tone, yet it's still Blackness.