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Apex Snapshot: SHOW OPENER BLACK IMMIGRANTS & AMERICA
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According to the Migration Policy Institute, MPI, there are 2.1 million sub-saharan African immigrants in the United States of America. They constitute 5 per cent of the total population of immigrations in the country. Of course, there are 44.9 million immigrants in all. The number of Black immigrants continues to grow from lips and bounds and in the years to come, the numbers will be very significant.

Let us Black immigrants in the United States to Africans and say that this population, as relatively small as it could be, is socially and economically important to the host country. These people are a great contribution to America’s workforce, fielding in from blue collar to white collar jobs. African immigrants have continuously ground in business over the years and are being lined up are important economic operators in their various cities and States across the country.

Speaking at the New Americans Awards in Columbus in July 2019, the Mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther acknowledged the great role immigrants were playing and are still doing so in the economic growth of his city. Ginther is definitely not the only public and policy official who has made this acknowledgment – scores of others would have done so. This is positive and may create the impression that all is rosy.

However, as every good thing has a little dark cloud blowing around it, immigrants have their own challenges that look them straight in the face.

The question would be how green is the pasture which they all came to seek? Well, how green the pasture is, can only be determined by the adventurer. The truth is that immigrants from African countries, plus those from places such as Haiti, the Caribbean Island, Jamaica, and other places where Blacks live, must hustle hard and harder to make it in America. Even at that, making it is relative. You may be successful in career and pulling the dollars, yet, faced by challenges that weigh you down like nothing ever did. Just the fact that in certain places, words and actions brutally remind you of where you’re coming from, is ground-breeding for stress and why not depression. In his new book, ALIEN AT HOME, Antoine Gnintedem exploits this topic and possibly charts a way forward. The USA-based Cameroonian author who doubles as an educator brings his book, his perspective on Black immigrants and his solutions on radio this Friday, June 17, 2022. The author of DOOM, GLOOM AND THE PERSUIT OF THE SUN (his previous book), is guest on APEX SNAPSHOT (Literature version). Antoine will be throwing more light on the book and inviting us to procure our copies, now available on Amazon.



Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2022 17:15

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