Photo: James Weeks found himself a free Black man when slavery ended in New York State in 1838. He purchased land from another free Black named Henry C. Thompson. This sale established the beginnings of a thriving self-sufficient African-American enclave in Brooklyn called Weeksville. The African-American Registry acknowledges Jan. 20, 1838, as its founding date. Slaves escaping from the South found a home in Weeksville.
(BALTIMORE – February 5, 2019) – Back in elementary school, I remember being fascinated by all things Indian, as in Native American. And although I was taught as a child that my maternal grandfather was Puerto Rican who had Taino Indian blood and that my paternal great grandmother had Blackfoot Indian blood, I – like most other Americans – was under the broader assumption that Native Americans – general speaking – all descended from the Asians who traveled to North America through the Bering Strait about 12,000 years ago.
I was also under another broad assumption that the first time people who looked like me came to the Americas was in the hull of a slave ship.
Never mind that the oldest DNA on the planet is that of the San Bushmen of Namibia and that the African was the first man on every habitable continent.
Never mind that the world’s first ship builders and seafarers came straight out of Africa.
Never mind the preeminence of Ancient Egypt and its impact on the Ancient world in all disciplines imaginable.
Never mind that the ancients in Mali, the Dogon, have been studying stars, like Sirius B, long before the telescope was ever invented.
Never mind that the Eastern most tip of Brasil is but 2,000 miles or so from Guinea, West Africa because surely, although there are 97 million blacks in Brasil and the oldest bones found there are of a black woman (Luzia), there is simply no way that Africans could have possibly found their way to Brasil, right?
Now, before I go on – let me just say that the above statements can and will be debated and doubted by some. This is to be expected, particularly since “history” tends to be generally written from the perspective of the victors. As a result of mis-information and false indoctrination, it is almost impossible to change some people’s frame of reference.
I get it. I believe it is called cognitive dissonance.
Although the facts are clearly laid out, it is virtually impossible to believe
them because “the broader society” recognizes a different “truth.”
However, the implementation of critical thinking brings each and every “fact” under the microscope for closer scrutiny. Put differently, I am not one to believe something just because a certain group says it is the truth. You’re going to have to do more than simply spew some rhetoric backed up by some jacked-up notes by those who seek to revise history so as to better insert themselves.
For instance, it is a known fact throughout the world that the
Moors dominated Europe for 700 years and were considered royalty in most every
European nation. However, these truths are not taught in schools. Nor are they even
considered by history teachers, generally speaking – black, white or otherwise.
Further, I have seen the works of Afrocentric scholars scorned and ridiculed over the years. Despite the amazing findings by the likes of Dr. Ivan Van Sertima and Cheikh Anta Diop, I have witnessed their phenomenal works fall under question and utterly dismissed – typically by the West.
Again, our view of history in America has been devised by people who have essentially attempted to negate the presence of the first man, the African, and his impact on the world. To do so would completely dismiss false notions taken as truths, such as Christopher Columbus “discovering” the New World in 1492.
True scholars know that Pedro Alonso Nino was not only Columbus’ navigator, but he was also a Moor. And if the Moors dominated Europe for 700 years, then more than likely they dominated the associated water ways as well. Hence, the Moors – along with the Africans from several centuries prior – had been coming to the Americas for thousands of years.
My research has uncovered hundreds of pictures of black Indians, black Mexicans and evidence of the presence of Africans in Central America for thousands of years, too. To say the least, these pictures have no shortage of melanin – and we all know where it comes from – right?
To bring it a little closer to today, I have learned that the African or Moor or Negro or Colored Man or even Hebrew Israelite (all names for people of the darker hue) built several independent black communities across America, including at least 25 in Oklahoma alone and at least 2 in New York City. Furthermore, these independent black towns, even as far as California (Allensworth), quite often had their own business districts. And, the most accomplished of these black business districts was in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was founded by O. W. Gurley.
This is but the first installation of columns on Black History that I plan to write in the coming days. Do stay tuned-in as I will present you with some fascinating facts with references to support them. More importantly, I want you to ask yourself some critical questions, such as, ‘What do I really know about Black History?’
Additionally, if any reader cares to refute any of the above facts or those to come, we will gladly publish responses on www.bmorenews.com for the world to see. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to discovering more than what we were taught in school and better yet, Happy Black History Month 2019! #weloveblackhistory