Rapper The Game recently posted on his Instagram, “We would cripple America if we moved back to Africa!” The post sparked a lot of commentary with regard to how people, especially African Americans, felt about expatriation — living in a country other than your native land. Many people centered their thoughts on the fact that they had never traveled outside of America, so how could they possibly do better in a place they’d never been? Others agreed with the idea of picking up and leaving America in search of something, anything better. The post has since been removed, but the question remains: are Black Americans better off living abroad than in America? This question has been asked for centuries, and famously through the efforts of the Pan-Africanist movement, which demanded freedom and liberation for African nations and people.
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