It's less about what we can do individually," says Neal Lester , a humanities professor at Arizona State University who specializes in African-American literary studies. Imani Owens, assistant professor of African-American literature and culture at the University of Pittsburgh, is familiar with that proverb. Another respondent added: "I find it a reasonable and profound statement about collective social responsibility but perhaps not traceable to a specific origin. One commenter was certain the proverb had African roots: "In Kijita Wajita there is a proverb which says "Omwana ni wa bhone," meaning regardless of a child's biological parent s its upbringing belongs to the community. The proverb got a lot of retweets. Meanwhile, if politicians or voters are looking for authentic proverbs from Africa to consider this election season, they might turn to Memory and Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda, a forthcoming book by Timothy Longman , director of the African Studies Center at Boston University. Others cited the saying as Native American. Here at Goats and Soda, African countries are part of our beat. Cory Booker, who said he was quoting "an African saying.
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