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AfriAm history vital to AfriAm progress

The term AA depicts the words African American. What I've written about here is what I believe to be a main cause of African Americans problems. It particularly pertains to African American 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 African American progress, and I believe that it's intentional as a clandestine attempt to retard African American progress.

What's omitted is certain practices and processes that had occurred in the slavery system, that have a great lingering effect on African Americans 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.

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

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 recall negative replies to this subject that imply that it's useless to think about the past. As an answer to such thinking, I like to tell such people about 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´┐Ż in the past or long ago. 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 all written here a good example of this concept.

The television series, Roots portrayed the message of this whole passage, 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, I've heard and/or read somewhere else. Therefore, I do not imply that I'm the first to think of any of this. Also it is my hope that among those who read this are people able and willing to help in solving the problem.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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