A Vital Step for the sake of AA (African American) Progress.

I first wish to mention that for anyone who has difficulty reading such a large amount as this. I suggest reading only a comfortable portion at a time, each with a comfortable interval of rest & reflection on the portion just read.

What I've written about here is what I believe to be a main cause of AAs’ problems. It particularly pertains to AA progress and the grade school black studies curriculum.

Apparently, whenever black studies is taught in our grade schools, certain aspects about slavery are omitted. Omitting these aspects is certainly detrimental to AA progress, and I believe that it's intentional as a clandestine attempt to retard AA progress.

What's omitted is certain practices and processes that had occurred in the slavery system, that have a great lingering effect on AA’s today, as well as how this is so.

Such practices and processes, and the detrimental affects, are as follows.

Of the slaves that had come to America bound in slave ships, actions were taken to prevent their passing on their culture, names, and languages to any offspring they produced in America. Such actions taken are, a general practice of early separation of any such offspring from such a slave parent, before the offspring can learn anything from the parent, and by a prohibition to speak any African languages. Thus, these new generations of slaves, without any knowledge of the culture, names, and languages from their parents, naturally adopted the culture, names, and languages the slave masters had them adopt. This is of course a form of programming done by the slave masters.

One general indication of this programming is that most African Americans today, without question as to why they do it, believe mostly in Christianity and celebrate holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc (However, I do not imply that such religions and such are wrong).

Such separation of offspring from parents, and such breaking up of families, had other detrimental effects as well. It has basically disorientated AA's as a whole, and has made AA's, as a whole, more vulnerable to additional programming by the slave masters and their descendants, and is also a major cause of much of AA disunity and lack of functionality.

For a good example of all this, such policies and practices prevented such a slave man from functioning as a father & from raising a family, therefore, preventing him from learning such tasks. Because of the number of years of slavery, the practices mentioned had occurred within more than one generation during slavery, which, of course compounds the problem. All of the detrimental effects would of course then be passed on to AA generations after slavery as well.

For anyone who thinks that it’s useless and unimportant to think about the past. The follow is why such thinking is wrong. For this, I will now tell of something discussed the first day in a high school social studies class. The teacher put this question to us: "Why is it important to learn about certain events that happened in the past or even ancient past?". After some of us tried to give answers, the teacher gave us the answer, which is, "It's important to learn because such events affect our lives today, therefore, knowledge and understanding of such events leads to a better understanding of ones self and surroundings today"

I find the original message of this thread a good example of this concept. In order to understand a people, ethnic group, race, or whatever, it's necessary to know and understand the aspects of their history that has shapes them into what they are now. This of course applies to AA's as well. Therefore in order for AA's to understand themselves, It's necessary for AA's to know and understand aspects of their history that has shaped them into what they are now. I fear that if AA's (or an adequate percentage of them) don't gain such knowledge and understanding of themselves, one result would be that AA progress will come to a halt.

To reform the school system to include the omitted aspects into the grade school curriculum is a vital step in the general elimination of all the detrimental effects mentioned. It's because it would give the majority of the AA students a better understanding of themselves and would help free their minds of the programming.

This would of-course benefit present and future AA generations (as well as that of other people for that matter). For example, among such enlightened AAs (and other enlightened people for that matter) would be those who derive and implement the next vital steps for AA progress. Perhaps one of such possible steps and directions is, for example, erecting mandatory grade school courses designed to repair the damage. Such courses might consist of, for examples, family training, subjects in how to promote and obtain unity in a community, leadership, etc. Now that I think of it, I see a possible similarity of every course and subject I’ve just mentioned, with courses pertaining to management training. Well anyway, as I implied, such enlightened students might derive different and even better solutions than the ideas I’ve just mentioned.

I've read of such ideas as, forming our own schools and communities whereas such teaching could be better implemented, along with such ideas as, AA's trying to find such knowledge from books and such from such places and libraries and book stores, then teaching their young and so forth such that they learn. Although I thinks that these are all good ideas, I've chosen the grade school reform idea because the grade school is already available, and by law, every African American child must attend it and the classes set forth. Therefore, there is already a captive audience so to speak.

Although I believe that no matter what plan is attempted, to overcome the opposition to implement such a cause would be difficult indeed. Never the less, I believe that the grade school reform idea would be the most feasible.

One idea that might be used against this cause is to imply that AA’s should not require such special attention among the other ethnic groups. My answer to this is that because of the great need, and that the practices and policies were applied to, and does so affect AA’s, such attention is valid. Besides, as I had already implied, this cause on behalf of AAs, would benefit other people as well.

The television series, Roots portrayed the general message of this pamphlet. which might be the reason it was so popular when it was shown in 1976. To show the relevance, I could draw attention to many parts of it. However I believe the best part to draw attention to is the part in Roots where Kunta Kinte, as an older adult, hears someone playing a drum in a way that he is familiar with from Africa. Kunta seeks out and meets the man doing the drumming, and finds that this drummer is a slave man who also once lived in Africa. One subject the two of them discussed was that the other slaves they encountered seem to have no knowledge of Africa and such, and they also discussed the importance of trying to pass on knowledge about Africa to any offspring they may produce.

The ideas and thoughts I express here are the result of what I've heard and/or read. Therefore, I do not imply that I'm the first to think of any of this. Besides, I try to maintain anonymity in this matter, because I feel that no-one should attempt to obtain credit for such a cause and effort, which I'd bet that you would understand. I’ve recently heard about The William Lynch Letter, & am learning more about it.

Also it is my hope that among those who read this pamphlet are people able and willing to help in solving the problem. This includes passing on to others, the information in this pamphlet, or copies of this pamphlet.

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Has the history of the last 500 years been a record of who had technology and who didn't?  If native Americans had had machine guns 500 years ago then what would have been the history of slavery in the South? 

 

So do we continue into the future letting palefaces know more and controlling education or do we continue this fixation on slavery that was just a symptom of less technological power.

 

Young Black boys who can't repair their bicycles and are riding around without brakes need more slave history.

 

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Originally Posted by nat55:


To include such omitted aspects into the grade school black studies curriculum is a vital step in the general elimination of all these detrimental effects. It's because it would give the majority of the African American students a better understanding of themselves and would help free their minds of the programming.


I couldn't agree with you more, nat55!! 

 

And unfortunately, this omission is not just from grade school learning ... but our real, true history is written out of MOST of the history books at ALL grade levels!!    You'd be surprised how many "African American Studies" courses still fail to look at slavery in any kind of real way.

 

And yes ... our children suffer from not knowing their culture and heritage.  I think it's one of the main reason so many of our youngun's have so little respect for themselves (or anybody else, for that matter!!) these days.

Hey nat55. I think we also need to understand the nature of white supremacy as well. Which is the most important when we live and operate under that system today. White people are willing to do anything to maintain the perceived power. So nothing they do should surprise any of us.

That's so true, Yemaya!!

 

However ... I gotta admit ... that the lengths that some of them go to are all but unbelievable, sometimes!!    If I didn't see/hear about it with my own eyes/ears .... I just couldn't imagine that some human beings would actually think the way they do!! 

Originally Posted by EbonyRose:

That's so true, Yemaya!!

 

However ... I gotta admit ... that the lengths that some of them go to are all but unbelievable, sometimes!!    If I didn't see/hear about it with my own eyes/ears .... I just couldn't imagine that some human beings would actually think the way they do!! 

They do evil and turn around and say its good... I'm tryna tell ya!!

As ER said, it is not only elementary school where this information is omitted.  It is omitted in middle school, high school, and of course in college, unless you take it upon yourself to take an African American/African studies course.  Though I’ve never taken an African/African American studies course in college, I would wager that 90% of the most pertinent information is still omitted.  What our children wind up learning is the same MLK, Civil Rights Movement, Brown vs. Board of Education, etc. mantra over their entire time in school.  That is all good information for our children to learn, however, there is so much more, which means that there is so much more that they do not learn.  Our children not possessing such knowledge puts them in the position of not truly knowing who they are, who their people are, the history and heritage of the Black race, or/and not possessing a measuring stick by which to gage the Black struggle in America, nor the true history of African Americans, of Africa, of the Black Diaspora and the Black race’s contributions to the world. 

 

However, that is precisely why it is up to African American parents to make sure that their children learn about their history by going out of their way to teach it to them, by purchasing important books and materials for them to read or taking their children to the library or to a legitimate internet site to read and study such information.  We cannot continue waiting or expecting that this information is going to be taught in America’s public schools.  African Americans need to seek out this information on their own and make sure that it is taught to our children to insure that they know their true history, the true history of Africa and of Africans, and possess the knowledge of how much Africa and Africans and African Americans and Black people throughout the entire diaspora have contributed to the world, and its significance.

Hi sunnubian,

I agree with all you say here.

I chose the grade school because in it there's already a captive audience so to speak. In other words, by law, every AA childmust attend the classes set up for him or her there. One advantage is that it would eliminate the need for any of them to seek out such knowledge (libraries, book stores, etc.). Therefore, although it would be difficult, and perhaps impossible, to overcome the opposition to get such a plan implemented, I believe thatIt would be easier than other plans I've heard of. One such plans is: to have our own society andschools and implement such learning in them. I feel that this would be very good ifit could be done. I have much doubt about the idea of having today’s AA parents either seeking out and learning the subject matter from books and such, then teaching it to their children, or having the children learn from such sources. It's because of the dis functionality, and the possible lack of cooperation, there might be among a great percentage of AA's.

This is an addition to the original topic and message:

 

Why understanding AA history is vital to AA progress

 

I recall replies to this subject that imply that it's useless to think about the past. As an answer to this, I like to tell of something discussed the first day in a high school social studies class. The teacher put this question to us: "Why is it important to learn about certain events that happened in the past or even ancient past". After some of us tried to give answers, the teacher gave us the answer, which is, "It's important to learn because such events affect our lives today, therefore, knowledge and understanding of such events leads to a better understanding of ones self today". I find the original message of this thread a good example of this concept. In order to understand a people, ethnic group, race, or whatever, it's necessary to know and understand the aspects of their history that has shapes them into what they are now. This of course pertains to AA's. Therefore in order for AA's to understand themselves, It's necessary for AA's to know and understand aspects of their history that has shaped them into what they are now. I fear that if AA's (or an adequate percentage of them) don't gain such knowledge and understanding of themselves, one result would be that AA progress will come to a halt.

Oh by the way, I'm an AA, and therefore it all applies to me as well.

It all boils down to very simple psychology;

 

First you brain wash the people [wash their brain clean] then you have a "Blank Slate" to indocrinate their brain with whatever it is that you want them to believe, think, fear, love, hate, desire, or be indifferent to, creating a "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" effect that insures the indoctrination(s) will be carried out by those people. 

 

Africans were brainwashed on the cotton plantations of the south and where ever they were held as slaves in the West, they were then told what to believe, think, fear, love, hate, desire or be indifferent to, which created the 'self-fulfilling prophecy effect of whatever the racist propaganda said [and still says] about Black people, people of African descent, it will manifest itself, i.e., if you tell someone something enough times or long enough, they will begin to believe it, and not only that, they will begin to act it out [self-fulfilling prophecy].  So, what have Black people been told since slavery?  What have our young people been told?  What are many Black people now 'acting out'?  What is it that so many of our young people are now 'acting out'? 

I think black students are interested in black history, but our American experience is not a story of beauty and its not easy to discuss among other ethnic groups and really its kinda recent when you think in terms of the number of lives you are separated from slavery and the living that was raised in segregation and Jim Crow. Its not a pleasant subject for most.

 

I remember reading books written by slaves, slave narratives and it was not pleasant reading and some of the stories I read disturbed my sleep, pissed me off. I remember reading about how cruel British slave owners were and this one particular one on a Caribbean island. It was horrifying and eventually the slaves revolted but they took it for many decades. Its not easy reading that stuff and that is why I think many young people avoid reading about black history that involves slavery, how they were lorded over, treated like animals, done with however the slave owner wanted, how slaves were brainwashed over generations and accepted their lot and even how some slave owners were given credit for being more kind and humane, such as that asshole founding father Thomas Jefferson, its twisted. 

 

This is one of the main problems with integrated public schools, white parents don't want their children to know what assholes their ancestors were and the debased general white population, they don't want their children to connect the dots that their racism is really a family tradition, passed down to them. If white people could snap their fingers they would have blacks disappear and would write out all the history books that slaver ever took place. They don't want to be reminded how disgusting their history is in connection to slavery and segregation. 

 

I think every black community needs to teach black history as a supplement from what they do not get in public schools through cultural centers. I do think it needs to be taught in schools but white parents do not want their children to realize the depth of their depravity and unwarranted hatred perpetrated on blacks. They cant reconcile their Christianity and slavery and the cruel treatment of blacks for the great majority existence of The United States, exceptionalism my ass!

 

And I think many black students feel isolated from a historical standpoint, not feeling very apple pie at all, not feeling good about being an American.

 

I think when black kids see progress, see blacks overcoming our history within our own communities, see blacks sticking together, making it happen for ourselves, serving and benefiting ourselves on our terms, having and maintaining our own, having a culture that is indeed stronger and more successful because of our history, then our history becomes attractive because it was indeed used to spring us into a proud, stronger space. I think the failure to create and maintain our own with more self sustaining communities, changes the perspective on our history, did it make us stronger or trap us in the issues we have today?

 

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