Dap!

SoCultures Silent language of Cultures! The language of solidarity! The language of the leaders!

Yes, the world has hundreds of languages..hundreds of accents, words, body languages..but there are languages which speak of solidarity..they are the languages of cultures.

The world has languages and there are some silent languages too…the languages from cultures. the language of peace and solidarity. And gestural languages also. Which even is at times the language of the leaders too. 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 …we usually don’t really take notice of some silent language spoken. The languages of culture have the origins and historical significance, Dap, is one such language from our cultures.

Dap is a gestural symbol and language of cultures which says bonding, unity, strength, defiance, or resistance, love and solidarity. It was born in the 1960s and 70s, in the African American communities, and one which became quite popular as the language of solidarity..

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.

How it came into use? The dap, the language of cultures originated during the late 1960s among black G.I.s stationed in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. It helped to bring powr to black identity, and their cultural unity 

 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.

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