NEW YORK - Black Americans are migrating to African countries including Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Ghana, in a movement some have termed “Blaxit,” writes Colette Coleman in The New York Times.

The migrants say that in Africa they connect to their ancestral roots, enjoy a low cost of living, do not endure discrimination, and like that race is often seen as an “abstract” idea.

Jes’ka Washington lives in a six-bedroom house on a hill with avocado trees and a spectacular view, not far from the rabbit farm she runs. For less than $50,000, Shoshana Kirya-Ziraba and her husband built a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house on family farmland with goats, turkeys and about a thousand chickens. Mark and Marlene Bradley now call themselves islanders and the owners of three homes cooled by ocean breezes.

All of them are Black Americans who found their new homes in Africa. They are enjoying the substantially lower cost of living and, more important, they said, the absence of the racism and discrimination they experienced in the United States.

The Covid pandemic and the racial reckoning in the wake of the murder of George Floyd led some Black Americans to seek a different way of life abroad, in a movement that some are calling Blaxit.