Steve Harvey, an American comedian, has urged Africans who are considering storming the United States of America in search of greener pastures to reconsider their decision.
According to him, the romanticized image of America depicted in films does not reflect reality.
The world-famous comedian said in a viral video, “All the young Africans want to come to America, but I tell them that ‘are you sure? Are you sure you want to come here and be in this?’ This ain’t what you think it is.”
Steve Harvey offered a comparison between how police in the United States and those in African countries behave when a person is pulled over on the road to explain why America may not be the ideal location for greener pastures.
While in Ghana or South Africa, Steve Harvey remarked that he never saw a story on the news about a citizen being shot by the police after being requested to park off the road.
“When I’m in Ghana or South Africa and I get stopped by the Police, guess what I get. I get a warning, a ticket, or 100 dollars and I drive home. They don’t shoot in Africa,” he recounted.
According to Steve Harvey, it is beneficial for Black Americans to return to their origins because racism continues to fester in the United States.
“America is my home. My children and grandchildren are here. A lot of my businesses are here. But Africa is my homeland. When you land in Africa, you immediately feel good. Because you are home.”
He stated that Africa offers him the opportunity to walk around and feel good “because the majority of the people look like me everywhere I go” adding that the experience leaves him with “a warm feeling.”
In 2019, Steve Harvey traveled to Ghana as part of The Year of Return, an effort commemorating 400 years since the arrival of the first black slaves in Jamestown, Virginia.
At the W.E.B DuBois Centre in Cantonments, Accra, then-Minister of Tourism Babara Oteng Gyasi and the Year of Tourism team met with Steve Harvey.