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The 3 distinctions within the African cultures

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Sub-Sahara Africa is home to a race given the name of the continent itself. The term “African” as it relates to culture is typically a reference to skin color more than it is to the continent of Africa.

Scientists believe the dark skin helped protect early Africans against skin cancer that develops as a result of ultraviolet light radiation, causing mutations in the skin. Dark skin prevents an essential B vitamin, folate, from being destroyed.

Therefore, in the absence of modern medicine and diet, a person with dark skin in the tropics would live longer, be healthier and more likely to reproduce than a person with light skin.

Africa was the home to slave trade with millions of Africans captured and forcibly transported to other countries around the world. This is typically the basis for the shared experience of the culture based on whether or not ancestors were sold into and later held in slavery.

Today there are three global recognitions:
• African: citizens of African nations.
African-American: those living in North or South American that are not of Caribbean decent.
• African-Caribbean: those living in the Caribbean region of with ancestry in the Caribbean region.

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