There is Just NO EXCUSE, NO REASON Why Black People Should Not Know Our TRUE History Today

February is set aside as Black History Month. Black History Month began as  Negro History Week in 1926 (later changed to Black History Month in 1976), created by scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson who saw that African/Black History was not ( and is still not) recognized in the American MIS-education system and saw the need that it desperately needed to be. For us aware Africans, African/Black History is to be celebrated 24/7/365 while unaware Africans celebrate only during February. This is TRULY a shame because we are African/Black all year around and are reminded of it everyday under the system of racism (white supremacy).

While many Africans are indeed finding consciousness and rediscovering our glorious history, there is still a disturbing slave tradition still among many within the African Diaspora in America of refusing to read or learn anything. It is rampant and does not apply only to the ignorance of our true history on this planet, but to EVERYTHING. Many do not see the importance of knowing history. Young Black Children are walking around thinking that it is “acting white” when it comes to academic excellence and success in general. Many Black Adults are not trying to learn anything themselves let alone teach our children anything. Moreover, many Blacks with 1 or 2 degrees don’t know much about our history either. It is up to us Black Parents and other Black Adults to teach Black Children African/Black History because no one else will.

I believe that this refusal to learn African/Black History is because of three reasons: 1) Black People have spent 12 years within the American MIS-education system being programmed to think that White people did and said everything that was worth doing and saying, and that the most important and influential figures in world history are white; therefore encouraging feelings of worthlessness and inferiority within Black people from early childhood well into adulthood  2) Black people were discouraged and  banned from learning to read during the slave era, therefore this attitude has been passed down from generation to generation well into today, and 3) The attitude that “Black people have no history” have been programmed into the African psyche, therefore many of us don’t see the use in learning  our history because we’ve been programmed to believe that we don’t have any history worth celebrating.

Now let’s look at resources. Black people today have an abundance of resources today at our fingertips that our grandparents and great grandparents did not have. We have scholarly books, papers, lectures,  documentaries and other resources by dedicated African/Black scholars from all over the diaspora who have dedicated their lives studying and revealing the truth about us to us. Then there’s the Internet which has been very revolutionary in making these resources and the information within them more readily available to the masses. Any information you want to know about anything you can find it on the internet.

Dr. Woodson concluded, ” If a race had no recorded history, its achievements would be forgotten and claimed by other races.” This is exactly what happened to our history not just in America, but all over the world. So to all African/Black People who is of sound mind and body and can read, there is NO EXCUSE, NO REASON WHY BLACK PEOPLE SHOULD NOT KNOW OUR TRUE HISTORY TODAY.

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14 thoughts on “There is Just NO EXCUSE, NO REASON Why Black People Should Not Know Our TRUE History Today

  1. As much as I love my people my mind works in a realist light. Yes I understand the outside forces that shape our condition but there comes a point where we must look to our own faults. As you have rightly stated, there is absolutely NO REASON why a majority of us are blind to our history. In this age of information. Anyone of us who refuses to look past the civil rights movement and slavery and honestly believes that Babylon will ever teach them things that will add up is ill.

    I read somewhere that students were outraged when their school banned them from covering Malcolm X this Black History Month or as call it “Remember How You Were Slaves Once Month”. I thought, if black people bothered with their actual past instead of HIS-STORY in all the other 11 months, such a thing would not matter. After all, our own platforms are the ideal places to celebrate blackness in any respect.

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    1. @ Akinyi
      I agree. Black people ought to know by now that the enemy does not want us to know our true history and will not teach it in their schools. We have our homes, churches, and other huge Black gathering and or fellowship facilities to do this and we have the freedom to do it all year long.

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  2. I do not celebrate black history month… since becoming conscious, I dedicate every month of the year to researching and discovering African History…. even here in the Caribbean, the only history we are fed is slavery and martin luther king

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    1. @ NidotopianWarrior

      You said, ”
      I do not celebrate black history month… since becoming conscious, I dedicate every month of the year to researching and discovering African History…. even here in the Caribbean, the only history we are fed is slavery and martin luther king”

      I notice that when a lot of Blacks have Black History programs during the month of February their talking about the same people every year, Dr. King, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and a few others. Now all of these Blacks did great things, but there are millions, millions, and millions, and more of Black people who did great things from ancient times to the present, but they only talk about these few and I’m like come on you all what about all the Black Kings and Queens, Gods and Goddesses, Inventors, the Africans who were in the Americas before Columbus and anybody else, our history didn’t start in America, etc. Many of these Blacks today are just too lazy to find out about our history before and after enslavement.

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  3. Well, I know for a fact that many Black people, including those in my family, seem allergic to books. I am so thankful that for whatever reason, I developed a thirst for knowledge at an early age and my head can be found buried between the pages of a book at any given time.

    There are too many of us who are only into the visual arts that have nothing whatsoever to do with our history. I can speak about this until I turn purple but to no avail. They think that as long as they know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched and that some man named Malcolm X spoke eloquent truths; that’s all they need to know.

    We as Black/African people really need to step up to the plate because we cannot continue to expect those that have been oppressing us and who are continuing to oppress us make our history known to us. We have to go in search of it and to some, it is as if their history doesn’t matter. It does to me. It matters to you and hopefully, those who read what you have put out there, will take it from there.

    Great blog! Thanks!

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    1. @ShelbyCourtland

      Thank you! Like you I had a thirst for knowledge and reading at an early age too. My mom was saying how she use to read to me when she was pregnant with me and that is what she thinks triggered this good habit in me. Lol. I have been a book fanatic every since I was a kid. As a young adult,I OVERstand more than ever how knowing your history is very very important; part of our survival as a people under the system of racism depends on knowing our history. It is true what they say if a race of people don’t know their history they are doomed to repeat it and have it stolen by others.

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  4. Let’s also remember, like ‘Sista’ mentioned in this post. If you’re taught your whole life to hate yourself and everyone who looks like you, you’re gonna’ reject the notion of ever looking into your history.

    Blacks/indigenous people, have been conditioned into an intense shame that makes them shun anything to do with their history, and these are the very methods employed by white supremacists to keep us mired in a not-so-blissful ignorance.

    Fortunately, more and more of our people are home schooling their children, so they’re not carrying around the self-hatred that makes them look upon their history with disdain. And this, ultimately, is the solution to the problem. Building our own schools with our own curriculum.

    Great post…and again, keep Write on Sista!

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    1. @ Mimia

      I agree! I remember one of my other bloggers talked about this subject and mentioned Adolf Hitler making a statement that and I’m probably paraphrasing, “A man is a fool to let their enemy educate their children.” Black people have basically been foolish to let these devils educate our children and I did read that more Black people are starting to home school our children which is wonderful! and might I add about time! We have to take our children’s education into OUR OWN HANDS!

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  5. We have to know our history.

    There is the Internet, books, DVDs, elders, micofilms, and other sources where we can find the truth. The truth is universal and we also should teach others. We are gifted. In our time, many of us know information about real Black history that the average person doesn’t know. Therefore, we have to responsibility to teach our Brothers and our Sisters on our real history. Certainly, the corporate elites aren’t going to teach our people to truth. Exercising our self-determination is a truism that we love and respect.

    Also, thank you Tired Sista for your blog. I wish more peace and blessings for you.

    By Timothy

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  6. TiredSista,
    Thank you for writing this post. I too believe that there is no excuse. Even if a person doesn’t have direct African American ties (the black immigrant groups), one can still learn our history. There are books, blogs, and documentaries that provide different topics of black history. If we, black people living in America, believe that white people will teach the true history and are waiting. We will be waiting forever. A couple of months ago, I began to build a website related to educating ourselves. It’s still under construction though. But I found that there are so many great resources to learn about our history. If you have the time, feel free to check it out.

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  7. @kowaba
    I cosign 1000%. It’s always up to a people to teach themselves and their children their history so that they won’t repeat the past; which is exactly where Black people are headed at this point. Congrats on your new blog and welcome to the blogging world. When you get your website up and running please let me know so I can check it out. I can’t wait!

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