Dennis, I think you may be a little too harsh on Noah. I also, like Noah, was born and raised in Africa. After living here for over 35 years, I finally accept that I do not fully appreciate the perspective most African Americans have. i.e., I have come to acknowledge my own privilege. Therefore, I can never fully articulate the plight of the African American and many times, I do not even see it fully. Yet, I am considered African American by others and I am treated as such.
I think African Americans have to accept that not all black people (from other parts of the world) can see things the exact same way. I believe in conversation with the “other side” because I believe, deep down inside (as conditioned by my own privilege) that we indeed are equals. I cannot help that I believe that. I talk to people that are my equal. I do feel that I can engage in a healthy discussion with others that are my equal. The fact that it falls on deaf ears still baffles me. Unlike you that may have given up hope, I just do not understand, or accept, that I talk with you, and not to you, and you do not get it. This is what Noah was trying to do.
I hope you understand where I am coming from.