Why do we have Black history?

Why black history. Every year this dicussion comes around, in the US it comes around in Feburary and in the UK in October. White people all around the states and the UK ask the question why black history month? and come out with remarks like why don’t we have white history month.

It’s real simple, in schools every lesson is a white history lesson so you don’t need a white history month. It’s very arrogant to call History, History when only European history is included. Black history is rarely incorporated unless it’s about slavery and important parts are left out, like slave rebellions in every country black slaves were taken, like the Maroons in Jamacia, the state of Palmares in Brazil or the Haitian revolution in Haiti, and how it’s slavery which has made Europe so rich. Think about it………………. 400 years of free labour………. millions of slaves worked for free their whole life.

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Think back to medieval times in Europe just before slavery. Europe wasn’t civilised at all. It became civilsed because of 400 years of free labour left people with exorbitant amounts of money and an exorbitant amount of time. Africans gave civilsation to Europeans especially in Spain. Then people wonder why Africa so poor, because the land has been raped and millions of people have been taken away.

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A Moor in Spain

If black history was included, we wouldn’t need black history month, history shouldn’t be about colour but unfortunately the arrogance of the white establishment makes it so, black achievement isn’t even about black or white it’s about humans and human achievement, we need well rounded people who know about the achievements of human beings, the achievements of black people shouldn’t even be black history it should be history, the achievements of black Americans shouldn’t be called black history it should be called American history, just like the achievements of Africans, should be called African history. Every war in the US and UK has included black soliders this gives black people a right to be included. Black people are human that gives them the right to be included along with every other race that walks the face of the earth. I love to read about black history but also about Arab history, Native American history etc.

It’s real funny to me that whenever black people do something with black in the title white people always moan and claim racism, but these same people never say anything when black people aren’t included in history, aren’t in movies, on TV, in magazines and if they are, they are shown in a negative light. If black people were included and not just as tokens, then we wouldn’t need to have black this or black that.

I love history and when I was younger. I studided white history, about the British, the Europeans etc, yet whenever I read about European history I used to wonder, what were Africans doing when this was happening, when I would ask teachers they would say Africans were doing nothing, I found this hard to believe but didn’t push it any further. I also found Europeans were barbaric but this barbaric nature has been made to look sexy or glossed over especially in movies, for instance if Henry the 8th was African he would be seen as a tyrant, but he is made to look like a hero in England. How can a King who killed 2 of his wives be a hero?

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Henry VIII

Then one day whilst I was in the library I came across a book called The Black Diaspora by Ronald Segal which was briefly about Africa before slavery and then about the Africans in the diaspora and the rebellions, until I read this book I thought Africans just accepted slavery, which is something Europeans push in schools. I also didn’t realise that more slaves went to Brazil than the US and Caribs Islands put together. When I read about how Africans fought against slavery and how they were proud Africans who died keeping their traditions alive and about the Haitian revolution it filled me with a sense of pride. I realised that my ancestors were proud Africans who found hard to keep their dignity and were subject to all types of devices to make them hate thier brothers and sisters made me look at Africa in a different way, and made me understand why the descendants of African slaves still hate Africa, it also opened my eyes to how similar the slavery experience was for Africans all over the globe even if they went to other speaking Islands. It always amazes me that I can walk into a black person’s house in the US and see a picture of a white Jesus hanging on the wall, and if I walk into a teenagers room I’ll see a picture of 2pac and Scarface, but never a picture of Harriet Tubman a woman who set free 1000s of slaves, there should be an epic film made about this amazing woman.

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Harriet Tubman

After this I delved into more books like Staying power by Stephen Fryer about black people in the UK and then books on Africa before slavery and came to realise that we owe civilsation and even language to Africa, also how, the colour system used to be the other way around, the darker you were the higher you were held in esteem, because the Eqyptians were sun worshippers and felt if you were dark you were protected from the Sun God, this didn’t make me arrogant this just made me proud.

I feel alot of black on black crime is self hate, because in the media, black people are taught to hate themselves they are told they came from nothing so therefore they are nothing, they are told they are ugly, naturally violent etc when you feel like that, you feel no way about destroying yourself through alchol abuse, drugs, unprotected sex etc, when you know you came from greatness, you look in the mirror with a sense of pride, racists insults don’t hurt as much because you know it’s insecurities, you realise that your ancestors achieved greatness and it can be done again, you look at yourself and others who look like you differently, white people know this and this is the reason why constantly bang on about the wars they won, films on Robin Hood, the Vikings, the Romans etc are constanly re-made so the children can feel pride and know they can do the same in the future, this is the real reason black history isn’t included and to the people who say history isn’t important, realise this, the less we learn about history the more we repeat it, even with all our gadgets, cars etc we still repeat the same thing as the Ethiopians and Egyptians, the Greeks and Romans did thousands of years ago.

Toyin Ashiru

Esperanza Spalding – Black Gold

THIS IS BLACK HISTORY – Rappers from the UK
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