Africa’s development should be uppermost in the minds of African Americans because they too require a spiritual home like all the other minorities in the United States of America.
German Americans, Italian Americans, Irish Americans, Polish Americans, Greek Americans, etc from time to time take pilgrimages to their mother countries for cultural exchange; African American children should be afforded the same opportunity to meet their kinfolk in inspiring surroundings of an African landscape without fear of abduction, wars and disease.
Cultural exchange between Africans and African Americans would be beneficial both parties. Mainstream media often highlights the negatives of both communities, thus direct interaction would go long wy in breaking stereotypes ad misinformation.
President Obama visited Kenya in his childhood; his trips to Africa benefited him and had positive effect on his self esteem. If Africa was good enough for a youthful Obama, then surely it would be great for disillusioned innercity kids and the offspring of the affluent alike.