Who Are African-Americans? Part 1

Yoel ben Yisrael
2 min readJan 24, 2021
Photo by Sam Burriss on Unsplash


Shalom mishpacha! That is Hebrew for: Peace, family! I would like to speak with my people. Specifically, those who identity as African-American. Those whose ancestors arrived to the Americas, Caribbean archipelagos , and the Occident as a whole, via the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. I would like to submit some thought-provoking inquiries.

  1. Prior to the 1619 Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, what did African-Americans call themselves?

2. Do you suppose it was African? Did you know that there are 54 countries that constitute the continent of Africa? Which country do African-Americans come from?

3. What language/mother tongue did African-Americans speak? Was it African-American Vernacular English? Was it Ebonics?

4. Before 1619. Before the slave ships, what type of sartorial did African-Americans wear? Wheat construction Timberlands? Sagging pants revealing ones boxer briefs?

5. What cuisine did African-Americans eat? Fried chicken? Pork chops? Chitterlings? Catfish? Jumbo shrimp gumbo? Snow crab legs with butter dipping sauce?

6. Before the slaves ships and the Middle Passage, what religion (if any) did African-Americans practice? Was it Judaism? Christianity? Islam? What modality of spirituality? What Holy Book did they revere?