Even though the Caribbean region is populated my so many “races” from Black Africa, South Asia, Europe, East Asia, West Asia/North Africa and Native Indigenous persons. But it is associated with ONLY Afro-descent persons, that I’ve seen that alot of Anti-Caribbean statements have not only boiled down to Anti-Immigration and Xenophobia along with the weird belief of “American Exceptionalism” (from white and poc U.S. citizens) but also Anti-Blackness (from “whites”).
They would compliment you on your own successes, but ignore you’re hard work and self-determination, and act like you simply got where you are not out of your own hard work but somehow as if you “benefited” from Affirmative Action (of which the biggest beneficiaries are “white” women and the most College Scholarships go to “white” college students) … It was like back-handed compliments that ignored your identity as an individual.
I would honestly say though that the rifts between AAs and non-African American Groups like Afro-Caribbeans/Afro-Latinos/Black Africans, more have to do with American Imperialism and Xenophobia from my experience, than even just cultural differences. Xenophobic “American Exceptionalism” is not just limited to “white” Americans. [West-Indians use to be called “Coconuts”, as a reference to “acting white” but also being from the Caribbean region.] So it pretty much comes from all angles for us.
I would clarify that my post you’re referring to about “the white supremacist porch,” which many upper and middle class black African immigrants (and other groups) occasionally get dragged onto, is not to say that our experience of antiblackness is totally different from that of African-Americans, but that it can be focused around slightly different dimensions. Being black immigrants of means, we present a convenient means to shame poor African-Americans in particular, as we get lauded as a “new model minority” due to our high education levels, even as almost 20% of us live in poverty and 20% of us are undocumented immigrants. Many of us buy into this myth, too, which is the sad thing, propagating the very same antiblackness which just hurts us at the end of the day.
I would guess this would most likely be similar for Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin@ immigrants as well (particularly those who are middle and upper class), getting promoted as foils as well to place the blame squarely on the “failure” of African-American communities rather than chiefly on our racist white supremacist society that hates the poor.
I think the rifts between African immigrant/Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Latin@ and African-Americans can at least partially be attributed to xenophobia directed at us by African-Americans. The rhetoric which implies that African immigrants, Afro-Latin@s and Afro-Caribbeans are stealing the spots of African-Americans at universities across America and “their” jobs as well. There is also a ton of identity policing and shaming we can face for allegedly not being “really black” (since we are immigrants) or for “not being black enough” to some of our African-American brothers and sisters. We also (at least for me as an African immigrant) get subjected to many of the same stereotypes of Africa that we hear from white people by African Americans.
That tension is definitely there and part of the issue, but I think it’s also a two-way street. Many of us totally buy into being on the porch, turn up our noses and actively shit on African-Americans thinking that it will ultimately advance our position within white supremacist power structures, while it ultimately does nothing and is just horrible.
And then on top of that you have cultural differences between and within each of these groups which adds to existing divisions and tensions.
This is all to say that to throw the blame squarely on xenophobia from African-Americans is to miss a much larger and more complex picture in which we, as immigrants, are also very much implicated and involved, as we scramble for the illusions of privilege and inclusion provided by the porch.