African Ethnic Diversity: Racial Origin Used to Redistribute Land
Some of Zimbabwe's politicians suggest that white Africans are not entitled to property or business, raising the questions "What is an African? A white African?" among others related to social justice issues and policies that redistribute land according to racial origins.
Only 7-12 million white Africans are of European descent (arriving 200 - 400 years ago), a mere 5% of the 208 -220 million white Africans on the Dark Continent. They are a minority of the population and they do not hold the majority of the wealth as some may believe.
However, righting past wrongs that where done in the colonial era to discrimination using the same logic - races are hierarchical rather than equal - risks perpetuating and duplicating the problems rather than rectifying them.
African Land & Wealth Redistribution by Race?
In the Eastern South African countries, such as Zimbabwe that has begun by expropriating white African land and businesses to be handed to Black Africans. Land and wealth redistribution on fair moral, ethical, and judicial grounds may be warranted, but the argument that there are no white Africans strips over 200 million Africans of their rights as citizens of Africa.
The Métis., those Africans of mixed races, would also have nowhere to go. Some have claimed this is the latest example of ethnic cleansing formerly seen in Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Egypt as well as in Europe and the Middle East.
A Potted History of African Emigration
Berber people, as well as the Tuareg and the Arab African of Northern Africa originally came from 7 African countries or territories; Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. Berbers still make up the majority in Morocco today. Their name is taken from the Roman, meaning indigenous people; the word was perverted to “barbarian” and incorrectly implied a pejorative connotation.
Some groups of White African descend from Semitic Phoenicians, the Iranian Alans, the European Greeks, Romans and the Germanic clan of the Vandals, These arrived 2000 years ago and settled mainly in North Africa, making up a portion of today’s African white population.
Our Shared African Origins
Africa is a continent of 30,221,532 km2, divided into 53 countries with a total population of over 1 billion people, speaking over 2000 different languages: Berber, Arabic, Igbo, Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, and Yoruba to name only a few.
The earliest human skeleton was found in Ethiopia dated ca. 200,000 years ago. Every human being can trace his or her roots back to Africa; from there we migrated around the globe and evolved into the cultures we share today. As such, we are all citizens of the globe, but sons and daughters of Africa and our duty is to make sure that our brothers and sisters, Black or white, have the food, health care, education, and shelter all humans deserve as a birth right. Not more or less, but enough.