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Bridging the Gap: Understanding the Schisms between African and African-American Students
The schisms and often conflict between continental African and African-Americans (as well as Afro-Caribbeans) are an ill-kept secret. Despite MSU's proud history of Africanist scholarship, robust Black American student activism and an undeniable overlap in the historic marginalization of both groups, these schisms are still overwhelmingly present. This often manifests in Africans distancing themselves from such matters of primary concern to the African-American community (police brutality, historic oppression, etc.) while the African-American community has largely been invisible in African centered spaces - including in the Year of Global Africa (despite attempts to reach out).