Race | Reparations

When is America Going to Stand With Black Americans?

Watching money the government said they didn’t have fly away

TB Obwoge
7 min readSep 13, 2022

My grandmother died in 2005 her first name is my middle name, I grew up hating that name. Can I tell you who she was, the woman that wore that name and died on her feet. She worked up until the end of her life, you want to know why? She wasn’t considered a citizen.

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My grandmother was born on a plantation in Kentucky, the same state in which my ancestry DNA was traced to from Africa. That’s right from Africa, mostly Nigerian DNA 32% the highest on my chart. Yet sadly many like to use the term ‘Akata’ to describe us, Black Americans.

Akata — akata can be translated to “stray cat” or “a cat who has strayed away from home”.

i am Yoruba, and the word is not inherently derogatory or xenophobic as it does not pertain to any specific ethnicity, but like the word jareer, it is often used to discriminate or insult.

africans who move abroad and forget their cultures can be considered akata’s and more commonly, aa’s.

if you feel someone used this word against you in a xenophobic way, they probably did.

person 1: that’s the akata. look at her, she doesn’t even know how to speak her language.
person 2: she needs to find her
way back home.

Source: Urban Dictionary

Well I went back home to Africa twice and learning 3 African languages but still here I am being insulted!

The term Akata is a West African term for Black Americans. It is generally considered derogatory, a slur in fact.

My grandmother Beatrice Gibson whom died October of 2005 was said to be aged 80–85 years old. She was told she could no longer drive, so being as though she was well aged she who works as a nanny, house sitter and a care giver. My…



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