My African Co-workers might upon meeting me ask if I’m from a certain specific African country because I resemble people from that area.
However it is extremely rude to ask someone who you barely or don’t know Where are you from.
I’ve worked at the museum for 9 years and I do my best to get to know people before asking that type of question. Maybe after months of getting to know someone I might ask them where their parents or grandparents were from but if you’re in this country you are an American.
I don’t like to hurt peoples feelings or put them. Since my colleagues hail from every country in the world we often share foods and traditions.
I have never felt offended when a Sister or brother from the Caribbean/West Indies asks me if I’m Jamaica same with Africans.
We are all Black so it’s not an insult implying that I don’t belong but rather a gesture of Love from Our African Family Diaspora. We are One as Black people. For all of use Africa is our true home. One day I will make my pilgrimage to the Motherland.