The Mis-Education of Americans on Black History

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The Miseducation of the Negro photo

Many erroneous beliefs regarding the role of Black people in history are still pervasive today

AFRICANGLOBE – In 1933, the father of African-American history, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, penned a book titled “The Mis-Education of the Negro photo.’’ The book itself was interesting literature, and within its pages were lessons of a people mis-educated to think they were inferior based solely on the color of their skin.

Today as we strive to shed light on the glories of African-American history and accomplishments in America, we need a revised version of that book entitled, “The Mis-education of Americans,” which would not only deal with bias based on skin color, but on the inaccurate history projected in public schools and universities throughout the United States.

Unlike “The Mis-Education of the Negro photo,’’ this new book would emphasize how the winners write the history, and in so doing, misrepresent the truth, denigrating the South, Native Americans, African-Americans, and the Spanish history of America.

America has a rich, long multicultural history, more history than is discussed in college lectures or grade school textbooks.  It is a history that includes the role of Minorcans and free Blacks in Florida, an Underground Railroad heading south before it ran north.

The mis-education of Americans would be about how our education system has failed to teach an accurate, complete history of the country in which we live, and how we in Florida need to be catalysts to bring the Native, Spanish and African Florida’s story to the national curriculum.

Free Blacks Existed

One prime oversight or deliberate omission in history textbooks is not to mention of the Minorcans who marched north to freedom in St. Augustine from Turnbull’s plantation at New Smyrna, and how they established a presence that still thrives today, bringing stability to our city of St. Augustine.

Another point excludes the presence of free Blacks on Spanish expeditions or in the militia that protected St. Augustine from the British dating back to the 17th century.

The Underground Railroad is also a prime disparity.  Our current history textbooks start with the Underground Railroad heading north to Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Canada.  Granted, the railroad did lead north, but that was over a hundred years after it ran South to Spanish Florida, which welcomed runaway slaves to freedom.

Black Heroes in American history

Our school books leave out the Black heroes of the American Revolution, the Seminole Wars, as well as the Civil War — on both sides.  Currently, we are taught that the Confederates were the Caucasian guys in gray, and the Union were the Caucasian guys in blue who fought to “free the slaves.”

While slavery was an issue during the “War Between the States” it was very much secondary to the issues of tariffs, lower taxes, and states’ rights. Like Florida’s motto “In God We Trust,” which dates back to 1868, and it too is a states’ rights issues.

Re-educate Ourselves

Black men served valiantly in both armies of the Civil War. In actuality, the confederacy and the confederate nation was started by six Native American nations from upstate New York. This form of government was the basis of the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and our American government today. The Native American confederate nations lived under their own rules for hundreds of years before European immigrants arrived.

Let us remember the people who made this nation, and who made it great.  The United States is a great place to live, a worthy place, and worthy of recognizing all our founding fathers and mothers, who gave our country the strength and longevity we enjoy today.

Let us re-educate ourselves and our nation, not to dilute our rich heritage, but to give credit where credit is due, and to enjoy our multicultural past, present, and future.

 

Derek Boyd Hankerson is a co-founder of Freedom Road Productions, based out of St. Augustine. For more information on Freedom Road, Hankerson can be reached at derekhankerson@bellsouth.net.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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Am I mis-educated and everybody knows about this but me?  I just stumbled across it by accident.  But I don't recall ever hearing of it.

 

The Quest of the Silver Fleece, by W. E. B. Du Bois
http://www.gutenberg.org/files.../15265-h/15265-h.htm
http://librivox.org/the-quest-...ce-by-w-e-b-du-bois/

The Quest of the Silver Fleece is a story of romance,
race economics and politics set around the 1900s. Here,
a traditionally educated boy and an unschooled
“swamp girl” each begin a journey toward love,
ambition and redemption in the “Old South.”


I have heard of Souls of Black Folks too many times to
count but I don't recall hearing about a novel.

Xum

  This is the HELL I've been screaming at the top of my lungs about:  Educating blackfolks about their REAL history.  Not this made-up, cover-up western version bullshyte that massa created to make him seem like the hero ot the world.  Truth is, only half the world is sorta free.    Truth is they deliberately not use the term "homosexuality" in eastern countries or on the other side of the world to reframe from explaining WHY women and children are still socially, psychologically, economically, ENSLAVED by those who secrely are behaving like the Greeks and Romans sexually/socially.    Know why?  Cuz it is the UGLY truth and those in power DO NOT LOOK good in not attempting to rescue the rest of the victims of this 5,000 year stronghold on human slavery.  Cuz why?  They...........like it!  That's why women are still covered and not seen, that's why children especially young boys are sexually abused....they won't give this a name but at the same time they are fighting to keep it going-which makes the west look very socially  modern and advanced.   As is why  the droves of people risk their lives to migrate to this shore of the Americas.. 

 

But as I always say we are NOT free here in this country until EVERYONE is free worldwide.  And it starts with educating blackfolks in America about the TRUTH of their history-which includes the Arab slave trade, the collapse of the Roman/Greek Empires and last but not least the Atlantic Slave Trade.  

 

Black students need to also focus on the history of Europe and Asia extensively to understand the dynamics of these cultures and why it was sooooooooo important for them  to enslave others they felt were less than them for their survival and benefit.  Additionally, all these silver word scholar folks can sayyyyyyyyyyyy whatever they want.  Cuz to me those academic words are merely fillabusters to distract from the truth.  And black people really need to know that THEY were the ONLY human gold to finance world's wealth for these empiristic sadistic homosexual monsters and those who derived from these anti-women/children monsters including  the pilgrims....then the new world....then young white twisted America!   Cuz all this fighting western vs eastern is nothing MORE than ancient patriarchal rivarly against new wave out of the CAVE thinking...which it isn't new wave....it's called human FREEDOM for all people.  And in order for that to happen?  We need to free the closed and ignorant minds of blackfolks with true education.  Cuz they need to know the truth.  Once they know....they will stop being self-destructive and doing things to prove worthiness....once they get it?  It will allow positive change to come about....for EVERYBODY including Africa.   But we have to educate first....then like the domino effect everything else will follow and fall into place.....RAPIDLY.  But!

  Come on my brotha!  You knew the ANSWER before asking the question......right? 1500 to 1700 is roughly when the Europeans came on the scene in terms of slavery of Africans.  Of course, the enslaved are gonna adopted the belief of the master.  That's a given.  And it's called control/power.    But!  You know this.   And the other side of that is the Arabs forced conversion to Islam to every place they CONQUERED including most of Africa and India.  Sooooooooo say you're playin'.  Cuz I can't believe as swift as you are you don't understand how Africans i.e. blackfolks in this country and in the western hemisphere are christians.   Or are you playin the devil's advocate?    Cuz the reasons why are CLEAR as the sky is blue.  But!

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

 Sooooooooo say you're playin'.  Cuz I can't believe as swift as you are you don't understand how Africans i.e. blackfolks in this country and in the western hemisphere are christians.   Or are you playin the devil's advocate?    Cuz the reasons why are CLEAR as the sky is blue.  But!

I'm not playin'!

 

If we are saying there is some point to analysing the history then why let the history control us.  Why should we be Christians or Muslims or are the advocates of history saying we should have the religion of our ancestors?

 

What is the conclusion from history if history is so important?

 

Xum

I know this is a discussion board and all....But this SAME topic was discussed decades ago. If you think I'm lying, then go check my archives.

 

The SAME result came about: A couple members expressed their knowledge of unadulterated, unfettered black history. Whoopty doo. People get mad at whitey and then move on to the next topic--problem deferred.

 

This is the equivalent of screaming the theory of relativity into a storm drain. Nothing but echoes--Nothing gets done. If you really want to effect change, then enroll in an alternative ed program in art education. Get yourself a masters degree in art education. Get hired to teach art somewhere, then create your own Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE)-focused curriculum. 

 

You teach black history through art. Some of the most famous artists that ever existed i.e. Pablo Picasso, were influenced by utilitarian art from Africa. Many influential artists throughout the last century were black. Infuse your art curriculum with black history from an artistic, historic, academic, cultural and governmental perspective.

 

Come back to AA.org in about 4 or 5 years and let us know how you enlightened the minds of our inner city youth through art. If you're already a certified educator in an inner city school, then infuse your academic subject with black history through art.

 

Otherwise, you're just wasting time posturing and posing for a bunch of strangers on an internet discussion board.

What you are suggesting is great, however, WE HAVE TO keep the discussion alive by 'any means necessary', because even the mere discussion educates, enlightens and motivates.  To stop the discussion of the Black Experience in America, the African American Experience in America, Western Imperialism of Africa, Our History, Our Issues and Racial Politics of America and throughout the Globe that affects peoples of African descent/the Black Race, would be equivalent to living on D'Nile, NOT educating, NOT enlightening and NOT motivating interest, NOT satisfying the quest for knowledge of self or enlightening those not yet enlightened, which may very well be those who come across this Discussion Board at all and/or who have only come across it recently.

Brotha Xum wrote: 

I'm not playin'!

 

If we are saying there is some point to analysing the history then why let the history control us.  Why should we be Christians of Muslims or are the advocates of history saying we should have the religion of our ancestors?

 

What is the conclusion form history if history is so important?

 

  Three words, my brotha!  Control.  Power.  Identity.  It is as simple as that.  And the most vital reason?  It WORKS!  Have worked over 5,000 years.  To break it down.  The first thousand or so years it took to collaspe the matriarchal system[which is the real war (between the sexes) still going on mind you].  The two or so thousand years the Greeks and Romans were in control.  And the two or so thousands of years that the main three religions have been in power.  And when one doesn't have identity from the past they can not have power and control in the present or future.  And that's what has really been raped from our culture:  our REAL identity in connection with our REAL history.  They deliberately defaced and dismantled that [typical behavior of nomadic conquerors] and forced their made up religions/mindsets  down our throats[ in order to maintain power and control].  And we have been swallowing the bitter taste of it every since.  As why it is soooooooo important from THEM to show our ancestors as weak, savage and partially human needing assistance from their Gods to save us from our heathen selves.  It's been their plan all along.    That's why half of the world is still participating in backward primitive enslaved inhumane tactics that's been going on for thousands of years.  Cuz when you take someone's identity and history and strip them culturally of everything.....well you know the story.  But! 

 

Sista Sunnubian wrote:   What you are suggesting is great, however, WE HAVE TO keep the discussion alive by 'any means necessary', because even the mere discussion educates, enlightens and motivates.  To stop the discussion the Black Experience in America, the African American Experience in America, Western Imperialism of Africa, Our History, Our Issues and Racial Politics of America and throughout the Globe that affects peoples of African descent/the Black Race, would be equivalent to living on D'Nile, NOT educating, NOT enlightening and NOT motivating interest, NOT satisfying the quest for knowledge of self or enlightening those not yet enlightened, which may very well be those who come across this Discussion Board at all and/or who have only come across it recently.

 

  Exactly my sista.  And WHO is an authority on history anyway?  Scholars of the MAIN three religions.   And as we ALL know educated or no...that these RACIST monsters LIE LIE LIE and KEEP lying to keep their position and power in the world.  So am I gonna BELIEVE them[with motives and hidden agendas] or my lying eyes?   And for those kneegrows who eat up everything these fools says...are really part of OUR problem...not the solution. Don;t care how much edjamacaion they have.   Nope.  Cuz why?  Many of our OWN so-called educated people are focking COWARDS...especially when they know these so-called degreed racist scholars are lying and don't say a thang...and don't call them out on it....and don't even QUESTIONED the authenticity of their theories.  We all have theories...problem is...the ones jammed down our throats regarding our HISTORY are focking LIES.  First starting with the fact that these so-called scholars said that we were 2/3 humans.  So who's gonna believe focking idiots like that and all the while they were raping African women to produce more slaves?  Don't take a genius yall.  And hey the worse thing we've done?  Even those most times it was against our will.....was procreated with these monsters.  Cuz no matter how much DNA we gave them, they are STILL ignorant azz savage neandertals with the intelligence of a split pea.    But there's one thing that is correct however, art tells the TRUE story of the past.  And if you look at the past of let's say ohhhh I dunno.  India.  You will see reliefs positioned in homosexual stance.  If you look at the artwork of greece and rome....you will see the same thang.  So what is that telling the world?  I ain't gonna say it cuz I feel like a broken record.  However the truth is the truth and  one thang for sure....art don't lie.   But!  

I do have a copy downloaded to my library, but I haven't gotten around to reading it again; truthfully, I was young when I read it the first time and probably need to read it again because there is a big difference in how you process or interpret or understand something read when you are young as apposed when you are older or mature, or have experience enough life to be able to relate to what you are reading or to relate what you are reading to life.

That's funny.

 

Really it is. It's funny.

 

I prefer to keep the discussion "alive" by responding with accomplishments you've made in the black community, NOT repeat the same helpless question: 'What is we gon' DO in our commUNNNITY to help our childrens!?!?!'

 

No. That's not a conversation. That is a cry for help. We already KNOW how to cry for help. The black community has been crying for help for too long.

 

Since before I was a member of this discussion board I've taught in several schools in several cities in two states. 8 out of every 10 schools I've taught in were 99% black with over 98% of the student population on free and reduced lunch. You would be MORTIFIED how many black children don't know how to read or are reading below grade level. You'd be even more shocked at how much of their own history they didn't know exist. 

 

I reached an average of 95% of every class I've taught by IMPACTING across the board. Even as I type this post I'm preparing to transfer to another inner city school where I can reach more young black minds. How do I make an impact? By exposing black children to reality. Preparing them to take on the world rather than be a victim of it. These kids already know they're a statistic waiting to happen. What they REALLY need to know at an early age is exactly HOW to build their future with the dreams they have NOW. 

 

As it stands the core curriculum of many schools are not designed tap into a child's current talent. The core curriculum isn't designed to reflect reality. It's designed to follow a narrow framework of which many black children will only absorb a minimal amount, which is why so many inner city schools are performing below the national standard. 

 

Figure it out--Either reach them in the classroom or reach them in an after school program outside of a public school framework if you're afraid to teach in a classroom. These are the only two places you can effectively reach these kids on a daily basis because they need structure on a daily basis. 



Did You Know That Memorial Day Was Started By Ex-Enslaved Africans?

One of the things that most black people know is that the public school system does a horrible job teaching black history. They will gladly tell you all the wonderful things that white people did and maybe even go back to Europe, but the contributions of African Americans are kept entirely on the backburner.
 
A fact that you should probably know is that African Americans are the reason that Memorial Day even exists in the first place. According to Professor David Blight of Yale University, the event began on May 1, 1865. A group of former slaves in Charleston, SC gave a proper burial to 257 Union soldiers who’d been put into a mass grave.
 
The black community of Charleston then consecrated the new cemetary with “an unforgettable parade of 10,000 people.” The event was initially called “Decoration Day” and was led by 3,000 black school children who started off by singing the song “John Brown’s Body.” They were then followed by hundreds of black women with baskets of flowers and crosses. After that, black men marched behind them in cadence, followed by Union infantry.
 
The Union soldiers lived in horrible conditions, and 257 of them died from exposure and disease. This was the reason for the creation of the mass grave site. A total of 28 black men went to the site an re-buried the men properly, largely as a thank you for helping fight for their freedom.
 
They also built a fence around the cemetary, and on the outside, put the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”
 
Now you know the rest of the story. Go tell this one to everyone you know.

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