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Posted January 13, 2002 - by Paul Barton

Knowing Black History And Culture Can Help Build The Confidence Needed To Initiate Progress

Some of the most powerful and culturally rich nations and peoples on this earth have one thing in common. They think of themselves and their cultures as being of the unmost importance. One will find this attitude among Anglo-Americans, Latins, Chinese, Arabs, Japanese, Europeans, Jews, Nigerians, Zulus, Afro-Brazilians, Caribbeans, East Indians and many others.

The desire to know one's history and preserve one's culture is strong among many nationalities and peoples. In fact, people around the world have gone to war in order to preserve their language, culture and identity.

Knowing this fact, we must remind ouselves of the importance as Blacks in America to continue the cultural renaissance began in the sixties by returning to the good aspects of Black culture, learning the history of Black cultures and civilizations in the Americas, Africa and around the world and using the preservation and application of cultural assets as a way to iinstill pride and continuity into Black people.

As we approach Black History Month in February (October in England), we must begin to look at these aspects of Black/African culture that needs to be revived or constantly improved. These areas include the glorious history of Blacks all over the world, the preservation of Black cultural traditions and using Black culture to build a strong and much better Black America and Black world.

STUDYING AND KNOWING BLACK HISTORY

The knowledge of a people of their history is of crucial importance to a variety of aspects of their being. It reminds them of their accomplishments and contributions that occurred in ages past. It helps them maintain good cultural traditions when a tragedy or historical amnesia pushes them into a period of regression, and it helps build in them a feeling of pride, of who they are and of where they are going.

One of the most devastating policies used on Blacks by religious colonialists and slave masters whether in India, North Africa, North America or Latin America, was the deliberate mythologizing of Black history in India, the keeping out of Black accomplishments in parts of North Africa and the Middle East, and the outright refusal to educate Blacks in the slave system of the Americas. All these policies were geared to keep Blacks from knowing that they were once people who made great contributions to humanity. In fact, slavemasters used the very same techniques to miseducate Blacks in slave era (and even today's) America, that the British used against the Irish, in order to remove any knowledge among the oppressed of who they are and who they were.

THE HISTORY OF BLACKS INCLUDES PREHISTORIC AMERICA

Here is one of the primary reasons why Blacks and Irish were deliberately miseducated or not educated and continue to be miseducated to this day. IT IS A MATTER OF LAND, WHO WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE ON LANDS TAKEN OVER BY THE BRITISH AND WHO HAS CALIMS TO THESE LANDS STILL.

Slavery was not the only catalyst that led to the settlment of Blacks in the Americas. Blacks were in the United States, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean for thousands of years before Columbus. In fact, according to some sources, Black slaves were being kidnapped on the coast of South America as well as in the Southern United States before and after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. They were also being kidnapped and enslaved in California and in the Mississippi Valley.

Various Black nations lived in the Americas before Columbus according I. Rafinesque "The Primitive Black Nations of America," (Atlantic Journal and Friend Knowledge; Philadelphia; 1832/1833: p. 86.). Among others were the Olmecs or Xi (Shee) People of Mexico, who were found to be of Mende, West African origins. Others include the Washitaw Nation who still exists as a soverign "nation within a nation" in the Louisiana/Mississippi region of the Southern U.S. The Jamasse Nation of Gerogia is another whose lands were taken. The Black Californian of Queen Calafia fame (the amazon queen represented on the Seal of the State of California) are also another group of Blacks whose lands were stolen and their people enslaved by the Spanish and Anglos in California.

When one looks at the facts above, and the fact that Blacks have a claim to about one third of the United States and that the English colonialists, the French and Spanish knew very well that Black lands were stolen and there were Black people living in the United States of African racial background who owned these lands, then one sees why THIS HISTORY AND THE CONSPIRACY TO KEEP BLACKS UNEDUCATED WAS VERY STRONG.

Apart from this aspect of history, the history of Blacks as creators of civilizations and the first inhabitants of lands in all the continents is one that is coming to light more and more. In fact both Scientific American (September, 2000) and National Geographic (November/December 2000) presented data that proves there were Blacks in the Americas before anyone else.

The history of Black civilization and how the spread of Black culture influenced the world should be of utmost importance to Blacks in America and the rest of the world. Knowing this history is important at a time when globalization is occurring and alliance are being formed. IT WOULD FACINATE SOME OF US TO FIND OUT THAT IN ANCIENT TIMES, AFRICAN GLOBALIZATION AND AFRICAN ECONOMIC MONOPOLIES DOMINATED THE ENTIRE WORLD UNTILL THE ASSYRIAN ASSENDANCY TO POWER ABOUT 700 B.C., WITH THE DEFEAT OF NUBIA.

See the book, Susu Economics The History of Pan-African Trade, Commerce, Money and Wealth (ISBN# 1-58721-454-7) 2511 West Third Street, Suite 1; Bloomington, Indiana 47404 www.1stbooks.com email; 1stbooks@1stbooks.com 1(800)839-8640 1(812) 339-6000.

PRESERVATION OF BLACK CULTURE

Culture is very important to the to the preservation of a nation and people. In the case of Black people in the U.S. and worldwide, it is essential that steps be taken to preserve Black/African languages, culture, art, music, traditions and all aspects of culture. Many of the problems faced by Blacks in America, Latin America and other parts of the world can be alleviated if there is a return to the fine aspects of traditional Black and African culture. Those things that helped maintain and keep Black civilizations intact such as lore, taboo, rites, respect for elders, education, strong family structure, patriarchal and matrilineal systems and other cultural resources must be preserved or revived in order to maintain continuity and stop the steady degredation of the existence of Blacks in parts of the world today.

USING BLACK CULTURE TO REBUILD BLACK NATIONS

Black culture should be revived. For example, Black people in Sudan and parts of East Africa including Egypt should bring about a renaissance. The history and culture of Blacks in that region is the parent of culture and civilization throughout the world. If Blacks in Egypt, Nubia and Mesopotamia had not given the world science and technology, we would be in a state of backwardness today. Yet, the great irony is that the Blacks of Sudan, Nubians and others are suffering from the racist and sanctified racism of the Semites, while the Black Untouchables of India who are descendants of Africans, responsible for spreading Kushite civilization to the East, are today at the lowest level of human existance on earth.

A world Black renaissance reviving the cultures of these various groups of Blacks worldwide will be of tremendous help to rising Blacks all over the world from the burden of oppression, underdevelopment and lack of accomplishment felt by many Blacks due to the constant and pervasive oppression coming from all sides, including from other Blacks. (See the essay, The Coming Black Renaissance; http://community.webtv.net/paulnubiaempire )

In retrospect, a new agenda is crucial to the development of Black people in the United States and the world. Our very salvation and our continued existance depends on using the positive aspects of Black culture, the knowledge of Black/African history and the application of beneficial Black/African cultural gifts as a means of building strong and progressing Black nations in the Americas and around the world.

Recommended Reading:


Echoes of the Old Darkland -Charles S Finch
Ancient Egypt the Light of the World - [2 vols.] Gerald Massey
Gerald Massey's Lectures - Gerald Massey
African origins of the Major "Western" Religions - Yosef ben-Jochannan
Black man of the Nile and His Family - Yosef ben-Jochannan
African origins of the Major World's Religions - Amon Sakaana [Ed]
Civilisation or Barbarism - Cheikh Anta Diop
African Origins of Civilisation: Myth or Reality? - Cheikh Anta Diop
Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth - John Jackson
Man, God & Civilisation - John Jackson
Pagan and Christian Creeds - Edward Carpenter
World's 16 Crucified Saviours - Kersey Greaves
The Passover Plot - Hugh Schonfield
African Presence in Early Europe - Ivan Van Sertima
African Presence in Early Asia - Runuko Rashidi, Ivan Van Sertima
Egypt Revisited - Ivan Van Sertima
Rituals of Power and Rebellion - Hollis Liverpool
Who is this King of Glory? - Alvin Boyd Kuhn
Forgery in Christianity - Joseph Wheless
The Dark Side of Christian History - Helen Ellerbie
Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets - Barbara G Walker
Sex and Race [vol. 1] - J A Rogers
When God was a Woman - Merlin Stone
Gods of the Egyptians - Sir E A Wallis-Budge
From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt - E A Wallis-Budge
Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani - E A Wallis-Budge
The Golden Bough [13 vols.] - James Frazer
Black Athena [vol. 1] - Martin Bernal


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