Where You Really From?

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'Where You Really From?'

As a black man in the UK, whenever you meet, or get chatting to, another black person (and sometimes Asians) you usually discuss your origins. So, you might get asked "where are you from?", you might answer "I'm British...", then the other person says, "...where (are) you really from?", that's when you'd say Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Barbados, etc.

This aspect of my identity made me think a lot: in the UK, I'm Jamaican; in the Caribbean they call me 'English bwoy'; and I am aware of how black people, Africans, got to Europe (and the Americas) in such large numbers - namely the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Therefore, the concept behind 'Where Are You Really From?' was to show that I have embraced all the aspects of my identity: ancestry, origin and nationality. This is my notion of being a British born Jamaican of African ancestry.

Plus, some individuals struggle with this issue; I did in the past. Some people of an 'ethnic minority' background renounce being British. Some see themselves as only British and have no affiliation to Africa or Asia. So, I also wanted to encourage others, of every race and origin, to also embrace all the sides of their identity. We're all made up of different elements, that's how we can fit together.

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from Educated Perspective, released October 9, 2015

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