Edited By George J. Sefa Dei and Meredith Lordan
Chapter Eight: Indigeneity and Resistance in Hip Hop and Lived Experiences of Youth of African Descent in Canada
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Indigeneity AND Resistance IN Hip Hop AND Lived Experiences OF Youth OF African Descent IN Canada
My own journeys have shaped the framework of my analysis when it comes to studying anti-colonial thought and pedagogical challenges. As a teenager, I was exiled with my family from Uganda and granted asylum in Kenya. Four years later, my family was given refugee status in Canada. Today, I am married to a Nigerian and our children were born in Canada. As children of African parents, they claim an African heritage that is alive through their parents’ cultural memories and lived experiences “back home” on our ancestral lands.
African parents in the diaspora trace their rootedness to particular ancestral homelands in Africa (Dei, 2010, p. 104). Our influences are grounded in who we are as African people. While we claim and share many commonalities with all black people in Canada, our histories, cultures, experiences and traditions are not homogeneous. As Dei points out, we cannot be seduced into amputating our past. My children, as first generation Canadians, embody many experiences different from my own. Dei proffers that the voice of the diaspora is differently inflected for the youth.
Youthful versus Elder indigenous voices offer different insights, ones we must listen to as youth negotiate the terrains of the Diaspora, migration, and multiple located identities. (Dei, 2010, p. 104)
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