Who is an Adosa?
Adosa, (American Descendants of Slavery in the United States America from 1615-1865). A black American who can trace their lineage to slavery in the United States of America using the 1880 Census or earlier. There is no America without you.
We've been here since 1615.
We don't need hyphens.
Are you saying I'm not black?
Of course you are. But race is not ethnicity. Every Adosa is black but not every black person in America is Adosa.
We should have a name that tells the world about our experience. If we don't distinguish our differences we lay down any claim to unique experiences. It's about lineage not how we look.
nationality: American ethnicity: Adosa race: Black
How does help?
The point is to shape our future.
Obtaining 4 million write-ins for Adosa on the 2020 census allows us begin to see the parameters of our ethnic group more clearly - its socio-economic details and needs. Then we can make an efficient push for the specific needs of our community.
The 2010 Census recorded the black population at 12.61%. There is no breakdown for black immigrants and ethnic groups. This skews legislative perspectives and program funding that directly effect us.
Our voices need to heard.
Ours is not the immigrant experience. The term black American is being lost in translation in many circumstances, being used interchangeably. People of color, minorities, these are terms that have become so expansive as to mean very little for our community.
The number of people of color and black immigrants will increase. They will have children and grow into their own American experience. It won’t be like ours. They need a space for that to happen. And so do we. We have always worked to shape our future.