The Manifestation of Race in the Lives of Black African Immigrants in the United States

  • Abeygael Wachira University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)

Abstract

This paper examines Black African immigrants’ experiences negotiating the Black racial identity encountered in the U.S. In particular, it examines how race and race relations in the U.S. affect: (1) the identities and experiences of Black African immigrants in the U.S., (2) Black African immigrants’ relationships with other Black ethnic groups in the U.S., (3) how Black African immigrants are perceived and treated in the U.S., and (4) Black African immigrants’ perceptions of and response to the Black racial identity they encounter in the U.S.  Findings from this research suggest that Black African immigrants distance themselves from the Black racial identity they encounter in the U.S. through utilizing African cultural norms regarding stranger-host relations, maintaining a sojourner mentality, forming ethnic enclaves, and limiting their social and cultural activities to carefully chosen aspects of the American society.

Published
2013-08-09
How to Cite
WACHIRA, Abeygael. The Manifestation of Race in the Lives of Black African Immigrants in the United States. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, aug. 2013. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <http://isejournal.org/index.php/jise/article/view/39>. Date accessed: 27 jan. 2020.