African immigrants confront existing racial divisions, and their family's place within those divisions, during their transition into American society. Interviews with three Guinean and three Liberian immigrants reveal that when constructing their identity, Guinean parents reject Black American identity to reinforce African heritage in their children (partial adoption of the racialized lens) while Liberian parents align their families with Black American identity and African identity (complete adoption of the racialized lens). The findings demonstrate that while these West African parents align with the racial ideology that will lead to their American dream, some Liberian parents look beyond racial stigma to find a shared identity with Black Americans.
Camara, Mbemba, "Transnational Narratives: Interpretation and Appropriation of Black Identity by West African Immigrants" (2014). Sociology Honors Projects. 47.
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