The only thing I will add (since you are moving on from this point) is that it would depend on which area we are discussing and how fundamental that area of life is. For example, cotton fields vs. cane fields is a fundamental difference in terms of the product being produced and the work being done, but the brutalities and racial oppression that Africans endured were the same. So it would depend on which areas we are discussing, but I can see you want to move on from that point.

Well, xenophobia is also used for Blacks in South Africa who for many years now have been known to attack and even kill Africans from other countries. I would never suggest that ADOS is that bad, but some of the rhetoric that I have heard from people who support ADOS does seem xenophobic. For example, I’ve noted numerous times that Tariq Nasheed has attacked Roland Martin for having Haitian ancestry. I think one can criticize Martin’s political views without mentioning his grandparents. Things like that is why ADOS gets labeled as xenophobic.

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) is a Guyanese born Pan-Africanist, author, and law student.

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