SoCultures The language of solidarity!
The world has languages and gestural languages also. We are referring to Dap! The language of solidarity.
When we see youths, athletes, or even President Obama giving a fist bump or dap, we think of these gestures as mere greetings and are not aware of the origins and historical significance of these languages.
In the 1960s and 70s, these were born in African American communities, and one which became quite popular is the gestural language of “Dap”. The dap and the black power handshake, which evolved from the dap, were important symbols of black consciousness, identity, and cultural unity throughout black America.
The dap originated during the late 1960s among black G.I.s stationed in the Pacific during the Vietnam War.
Unity, strength, defiance, or resistance and a complex language for communicating information,
black consciousness, identity, and cultural unity throughout black America are expressed with these gestures.
At a time when the Black Power movement was burgeoning, racial unrest was prominent in American cities, and draft reforms sent tens of thousands of young African Americans into combat, the dap became an important symbol of unity and survival in a racially turbulent atmosphere. Scholars on the Vietnam War and black Vietnam vets alike note that the dap derived from a pact black soldiers took in order to convey their commitment to looking after one another.
Article courtesy : https://folklife.si.edu
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