Karrine Steffans Says She’s Not African American

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Author and former video vixen Karrine Steffans has garnered criticism this time for something coming out of her mouth. According to Bossip.com, Steffans recently went on KMEL radio for an interview and said she would not consider herself African American because of her Carribean ancestry. She also says that would remove any trace of slavery from her bloodline. Here is the excerpt of what she said:

 “And I think people forget, I’m an islander. I’m not African American. I don’t have like African American struggles. I just don’t. I don’t have the same history. So, and I’m not even tryna be facetious…There’s a serious mind state that comes with being black in America. And being a black American. And the history that comes with that. And all things that are passed down from generation to generation…Shame. Shame s*xually. S*xually shaming. Shame on the female gender. Shame just all kinds of shame. And abuse. And belittling and all those things that come from post-slavery

 I don’t have slavery in my family so and a lot of islanders don’t, so our mind state is different. We see things different and we’re not ashamed of our bodies. We have Carnival for Christ’s sake….That’s how we live our lives. We go to the beach; we swim naked. It’s just different. Island girls just do it better and that’s just a fact.”

 Steffans also tweeted about the criticism she received insinuating that she is actually mixed with African and Danish heritage which may hold truth since her Wikipedia page said she is from the Virgin Islands, which was occupied once by the Danish. And even the Virgin Island Wikipedia page implies slavery was on the islands for a period of time. But Wikipedia usually is known for errors so inquiring minds would still have to go search for the facts.

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38 Responses to Karrine Steffans Says She’s Not African American

  1. Warren Johnson

    She’s an ignorant t**t! Speaks like she didn’t even complete the lowest grade education….

  2. Lord Logiq

    Yet, she seems just like an “African American”…She’s a w***e, a gossip, and obviously uneducated if she doesn’t know that Black Carribeans were the FIRST trans-Atlantic African slaves. I am part Carribean, part American, of Alkebulan (African) descent, and ALL BLACK.She should stop talking and stick to f******o.

  3. Truth Da Hustler

    Wth is an African American? Must be a humpback midget. American Chinese, American Russian….Please!!!! African American is a late 1960s Madison Avenue term created to give a glitzy advertising name for marketing to the emerging and newly appreciated economic power of black people and guess what? there were no black folk on Madison Avenue in the late ’60s besides sweeping floors. So the term has no historical accuracy, social relevance or meaning. Sista swallowed something else too!!!

    • Jean Francois Jean

      African American is a real term that accurately identifies us in America as Americans of African Descent. Africa dammit is the root of our ancestry. Italians, Polish, French, English, Irish, Dutch…etc. have no problem with identifying with their roots. What is our problem? Slavery? Well, I (and a lot of other Americans of African Descent) do not live in shame because of this. I know our history here in America ties us directly to the survival of this nation and me as a survivor of the greatest genocide in human history. That means only the fittest of the fittest who built this nation and all of its wealth survived to be our ancestors. We would only be ashamed if we believe the lies of White History Theory. Before the end of slavery, we were considered honest, loyal, strong, courageous, intelligent and hard working. After slavery, we were shiftless, lazy, conniving, scheming, fearful, and ignorant. Which version do you know to be true? I am American (my ancestors bones are here) of African (where my blood originated) descent = African American (I can’t help what marketers came up with).

  4. Rolston

    She one ignorant a*s woman she need to stop opening her mouth since it’s nothing but trouble unless she go to her trade as a head nurse

  5. Honeystuff

    This woman is an ignorant, uneducated, “easy” cow. She claims she don’t have African-American struggles?! Bull. She had to suck d*ck day and night to get ahead. Now that’s a d**n shame and if that is not a struggle I don’t know what is. Furthermore, the Carribeans was the “cradle” for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. SMH

  6. Superhead Is Superstupid!!!! D@mn, that’s the dumbest s**t I’ve read in quite sometime, “I don’t have slavery in my family”? Really? Then how’d your ancestors get over to the NorthWestern Hemisphere, they swam? ;) ;)

    • SNicole

      African’s were in America before anyone else, there is documented evidence to prove it. If the “native American’s” we see today were the first Americans then why is their DNA 50% European?…Africans were mostly enslaved right in America and mentally detached from the land. This might be too much for some to take since people love to give Europeans way too much credit as if they brought all African’s to America when they actually brought only the ones they needed to build their establishment. African’s had the most advanced navigation systems and they are the ones who helped Columbus when he was lost at sea. The same year they conquered the Moors(Africans) on Spain, is the same year they “discovered America”…this was not by chance.

      • chucky

        i agree SNicole..you explained it well..our people were always here..it sad that many of us don’t know our own history..when you here the words “ancient history”, they are talking about our people..we are POWs on our own land..the history taught in school was design to keep you in the dark..we are a people who have been stripped of our creed and heritage for the purpose of enslavement..

  7. Eve Adams

    She’s right. You wouldn’t go to the Caribbean and call the people there african americans because they’re not. Different cultures languages experiences etc. They are black yes…african decent yes african american no.

  8. nia

    From my understanding, African American is an ethnicity not a race. Her saying she’s not african american is correct. My parents were born in Haiti … I don’t consider myself to be African American but Haitian American and I know many other west Indians who feel the same. Saying we’re not AA isn’t us denying we’re black. Now her statement about not having slavery in her ancestry is just ignorant…. Blacks weren’t native to the islands, Europeans brought us there.

  9. How about dropping all the labels that some other knuckelheads put on us and be proud of the fact that we are from THE FIRST PEOPLE!!,of the first civilization,the first scientists,the first mathematicians,the first explorers and so much more.I was born outside Detroit Michigan and I heard stories of Haiti,Grenada etc.But you know what we all came here, but on different slave ships,and if someone doesn’t want to be apart of the Greatest People on earth because of lack of knowledge or because they have let society beat them down into believing that they are less than hopefully they will wake up one day.WE ARE ONE!!

    • Wisdom Seeker

      Haitian American? Where is the Alkebulan (so-called African) in that? I could see a Haitian-Alkebulan (so-called African). The French were defeated by people who came chained in Alkebulan. So when did the genes in the bloodline change?

      • nia

        The African descent is implied in ‘Haitian’ … We know our African history…I was born here hence the american….the world isn’t how it should be, it is how it is…in a perfect world there aren’t labels, but this is the reality we live in. People have the freedom to identify with however they choose, doesn’t mean its a slight against the groups they choose not to

  10. Ronnie Hughes

    Divide and rule. Ever heard of that you so-called West Indian Blacks? Actually, there is no such thing as a West Indian Black! A more accurate description is Africans from the Caribbean. You are no more “Indian” than the Blacks here in America are. We are all Africans! The only difference is that some were dropped off in the Islands and some were dropped off here in what later was called America. Also, many Africans were taken to the Islands first to be “seasoned” that is, turned into slaves before they were sent here. Need I mention the horrors of that process? Africans were enslaved in the various islands as they were here. The same things that happened to us here happened to them there: forced labor, rape, robbed of their culture and languages, treated like animals and to this day, relegated to abject poverty. Many island immigrants try to become honorary whites in order to distinguish themselves from the Blacks here. They have bought the lie that they are “different” from the African Americans therefore superior to us. It is insanity! It is supreme ignorance, and it is dangerous. They hold us in utter contempt not realizing that how they feel about us is how they feel about themselves because we are one people. Presently, I live in Brooklyn (Bedford Stuyvesant) which borders Crown Heights. In the past 20 years or so Africans from the Caribbean are facing the same racism as African Americans. They are being forced out by the gentrifiers. Many have lost jobs that they thought were permenant. In other words, in the finally analysis when white racists see a Black man that black skin is the first thing they notice. Yes, in this society you are Black first I don’t care where you come from. I pray that my African brothers from the Caribbean soon realize that they are also African regardless of which Island they come from. If they don’t there is the possibility that this insane, contrived conflict between us can escalate into something very ugly and violent. I dare say that if any kind of race confrontation happens in this society the honorary whites (Africans from the Caribbean) will side with their white masters.

    • Miami mommy

      Very true, unfortunately.

    • Khari Damani

      Hotep Brother Hughes,

      You are spot on! I am sick and tired of our people claiming to be everything accept who we are. If I hear another person of Afrikan decent claim to be Indian (Native American), I believe that I am going to completely loose my mind.

      Maat Hotep.

  11. reereeof2

    That just goes to show how ignorant she is. Slave ships stopped at the islands before they even got to America. She need to educate herself on Black history, but when has she ever let facts get in the way of her mouth!! Smh! Just trying to stay relevant!!

  12. The reason the so called Africans are called Islanders and some are light skinned is because their masters couldn’t keep their hands off the luscious Black women from Africa, thus producing as she called herself, an Islander, but, they have African blood running thru their very souls, and will be to the day they die

  13. While she obviously doesn’t know her history,she has every right to define herself as she sees fit.Ethiopian should be used instead of AFRICAN-AMERICAN as far as I am concerned but to me,it is more important to know who you are as a person instead of the titles that may accompany you.We should not hold her comments as reality.Knowing your history should be our ultimate goal whether you are born in the ISLANDS and/or the UNITED STATES or anywhere else for that matter.

  14. TruthInYourFace

    The sad part is that no matter how hard she tries to escape being black, all the white man will ever see is a Ni&&€r. A c0ćk sucking ni&&€r at that.

  15. This woman fails to realize that regardless which country we, black people of slave descent, find ourselves in today, the fact remains that we all are a product of the same slave trade into whatever country we find ourselves today. Also, it does not matter if one’s family were, at some time in the past, actually slaves or not. The fact remains that our people, who we came out of, more than likely were slaves even though a few of them escaped some aspects of slavery if not all of it. But, the people these people came from did not escape slavery at all. So, therefore, this woman is connected to the slavery of her people. And, for her to think that islanders escaped slavery shows that she is ignorant of her own history because slavery started in the Caribbean area and eventually made its way into other countries in the Western Hemisphere. And regardless if I, a so-called African American, did not descend out of any Caribbean nations, the fact remains that I am related to them because we all came out of the same slave trade and slave ships. And to discredit that fact is race treason to me.

  16. BizG

    Wow! How would you like to have her educating your daughters? SuperDuperHeadRocks! Lol!

  17. Mafo

    Maybe she should have said afrocaribbean. Then we would all be happy right!?

  18. african

    SHES ONLY AFRICAN LIKE ME

  19. viola

    oh man if you are a black of any kind Spanish black blue black and orange black white black..your first stop was in the islands as a slave..that where they sold your a*s at then they made their a*s to the states… You your self is a sham to what ever you claim you are

  20. Ruth Roman Lynch

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! How much time we spend on utter non-sense. Please let 2014 be a year of PURGING AND EVICTION. Purge everything, including people, who doesn’t add value to your life. Evict everyone from your daily mental gymnastics. You mental thinking time is money. Don’t let anyone live in your head rent free. Do something good for someone else daily and your life will be richer.

    Wishing everyone a wonderful, joyful, prosperous and peaceful 2014.

    Peace and Blessings,

    Ruth Lynch

  21. Hailey Cagan

    She can’t be from the US Virgin Islands… Lol this chick is dumb and simply speaks because she has a mouth! There was slavery in the Virgin Islands as well! July 3rd is Emancipation Day in the VI. We celebrate the day the slaves revolted against the Danes who owned the islands at the time! We all learned this in school and I’m sure Google could’ve helped you out too. Smh. Know your history!! Then again she said she is CARRIBEAN, thank God we are CARIBBEAN!! Lol I’m a proud African American that was born and raised in the US Virgin Islands. I’m sure she left at a very young age.

  22. Drew

    Just plain DUMB! First of all the Virgin Islands was involved in the slave trade sepo she does have slave blood in her.The Virgin Islands was purchased by the United States of America from the Danish therefore eventually giving blacks U.S. Citizenship which makes her an African American on PAPER,then the rest of the stuff she is saying is not representation of Islanders just her own beliefs. And for the record the b***h wasn’t raised there and that makes a difference.P.S. I am from the V.I.

  23. FASTBLACK

    SHE MAY BE RIGHT TO A POINT. SHE DOESN’T HAVE THE HAND ME DOWN STORIES OF SOUTHERN SLAVERY TO RELATE TO THAT OUR ANCESTORS FROM THE SOUTH PASSED DOWN TO US. BUT HER PEPLE GOT TO THE ISLANDS AS A RESULT OF THE SLAVE TRADE.
    I’LL GIVE HER A PASS ON THIS ONE.
    PS
    SHE’S STILL A IMMORAL ‘HO

  24. Devon

    Umm this is SUPAHEAD we’re talking about remember? The dumb ho doesnt know that slavery existed in the Carribean, INCLUDING the Virgin Islands. But what do yall expect from a female who writes a book about being a seminal waste dump and a c*m guzzler, then dedicates it to her SON?

    B@tch needs to have SEVERAL _/_/_/_/_/_/

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