Nigerian superstar Burna Boy has responded to criticism regarding his recent comments on the roots of African-Americans.
During an interview in question, Burna Boy was asked why he felt it is important for black Americans to go to Africa, and he responded by stating that it would aid in their understanding of their identity and how to navigate the world.
He compared this to other races, such as Chinese-Americans and Italian-Americans, who he claimed didn’t face some of the same issues African-Americans face in the US because they know their origins and what they represent.
However, this comment did not sit well with some members of the African American community, who feel that Burna Boy was dismissive of the systemic issues that exist in the US.
In response to the backlash, the singer took to social media to address the criticism, stating that it is unfortunate to see black people who would rather stay divided and conquered.
Burna Boy clarified that he never said African-Americans are not American, nor did he claim that Africa is part of heaven.
He also expressed his support for African-Americans to receive land and reparations in the US.
“It’s sad to see that in 2023, there are still such black people who would prefer we stay divided and conquered,” he wrote.
“Maybe it’s my accent or something but I never said you are African and not American.
“I also did not say Africa is part of Heaven.
“You deserve all the land and reparations you want from America and I’m 100% in support of that.”
Burna Boy emphasized that his goal has always been to make African-Americans understand that they have Africa, which loves and supports them.
He called for unity among black people worldwide, stating that working against progress and keeping them divided would only hinder progress.
“All I’ve ever done is try to make you understand that you have Africa too that loves you and I believe coming together as brothers and sisters is the only way forward for US black people worldwide.
“You work against progress of our people worldwide if your goal is to keep us divided.”
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