This is what the educational system is to Black people in America.
In his book, Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, author Jawanza Kunjufu opens the first chapter by defining the word, “genocide.” It’s imperative that we look at the education of our youth in those terms.
Our children are dying before they ever pull a trigger, push a drug into their veins, or travel down the road of sexual promiscuity. Our history is given to us in a few shattered pieces, with no thought given to whether they even fit together. Many of us know little, if anything, about ourselves and our contributions to the world prior to our kidnapping and enslavement. Our history is whitewashed in both fact (i.e., the study of Egyptian history separate from the rest of African history) and fiction (i.e., cinematic depictions of ancient Egyptian historical figures).
This ain’t education. #IssaIndoctrination.
We are indoctrinated to believe that our contributions to history only began after we were given freedom from slavery. Our culture prior to European “intervention” is considered backward and counter-productive. Our pre-Christian and pre-Islamic spirituality is derided as demonic and unrefined. Many of our advances in medicine and in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) were stolen, copied, and mishandled, and the original innovators were thrown away and buried.
We’re told in history that the Greeks were, for all intents and purposes, the original philosophical thinkers. What we’re NOT TOLD is that many of the most well-known philosophers studied in Africa.
Archimedes, widely regarded as the “father” of western mathematics, studied in Egypt. Hippocrates, the world-renowned “father” of modern medicine, was highly influenced by the teachings of Imhotep. Untold thousands of Greek and other European scholars either traveled to or were influenced by teachings based on ancient Egyptian knowledge.
Just so we’re clear: Egypt is NORTHEAST AFRICA. NORTH AFRICA. AFRICA.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that all knowledge is for everyone in the world. I’m just as firm in the belief that credit should be given where credit is due. Don’t allow anyone to pass the BS line of “color doesn’t matter.” If color didn’t matter, why was there such an attempt to white wash our history? Why IS there an ongoing effort to continue colonizing free information?
Black people, we do a disservice to our children when we don’t teach them about who they really are, where they come from, and what came from them. If anyone should be indoctrinating our children, it should be US.
This goes way deeper than simply telling them what they need to know.
Teach them why they need to know. Anyone who’s been around a toddler more than five minutes knows how inquisitive they can be. Use that to your (and their) advantage. A parent is the best history teacher a child will ever have.
We’re also taught to mistrust one another. The divisions of this mistrust are many. It includes, among other things, skin tone (“light” vs. “dark”), age, sex, and intelligence. Commonly known as “Willie Lynch Syndrome,” this tactic has been used to our disadvantage for centuries to keep us divided from each other and conquered, unable to progress without the intervention and guidance of White people. It has expanded to keep pace with the growing autonomy of Black people in America.
(Take a moment to read the letter allegedly written Willie Lynch. I believe Willie Lynch didn’t exist in history, however I DO BELIEVE the letter to be an accurate psychological representation of what has happened to Black people in America, how it happened, why it happened, and how to reverse it. Dr. Kwabena F. Ashanti may be the letter’s actual author.)
As long as we’re mistrusting and fighting ourselves, we’re manageable. How does one standardize that manageability?
It’s given freely to you by what they DON’T teach you. You weren’t told about your history because to do so would jeopardize your physical and mental enslavement. That’s one reason why reading was forbidden among slaves. Learning is rebellion. It’s the most dangerous form of rebellion. You can kill a million people, but you can’t kill an idea. History has shown us that time and again.
I will always encourage you to learn more. Don’t take what I blog here as gospel. These are my beliefs based on what I’ve learned. It does neither one of us any good if you don’t research for yourself, challenge your core beliefs, and act upon new knowledge and understanding. Our continued existence depends on what we know and how we grow. I love you.