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The Bridge: Educate Yourselves
By Darryl James
Published February 25, 2013

It’s Black History Month.

Whether that means very little or a lot, you should still make the effort to learn about your past, which goes beyond slavery.

And speaking of slavery, you should refuse the LIE about Africans owning slaves or selling other Africans into slavery.

First, anything referred to as “slavery” practiced by Africans could never be truly compared to the horrors of inhumanity demons pursued during and following the African Holocaust.

Second, even for those morons who would still argue about the African participation in slavery, no argument does anything to diminish American slavery.

If you educated yourself, you would know these things and deliver them to others.

The essential problem with many of us educating ourselves is that we have no idea where to begin.

As Americans, Black history begins with slavery.

African history begins with civilization.

The first human civilizations sprung up off the coast of river valleys in the eastern region of Africa, such as the Nile. Africa became the center of mathematics and science, as well as religion. Our legacy has been obfuscated and stolen, but it is still there for us to claim.

The invasion of so-called Western Civilization brought confusion, including the confusion centered in our very definition of self.

We can embrace being Black, but only with the understanding that the most fundamental portion of being Black is being African. The most fundamental portion of being African is being balanced. Balance comes to us based on where we start our study.

Some people start studying history as Africans, and others start studying as Blacks. In both groups, many seem to concentrate on Black and/or African achievements without proper perspective. Without proper perspective–which involves an understanding of how an African or Black person arrived at their achievements–one can only marvel at the end result without having adequate information as to how these people arrived at the achievement.

We can trace many great inventions as well as math, science and art to Black people, but we will still have only a cursory attachment to those achievements as long as we fail to fully embrace an understanding of who those people were and how we are connected to them. That is why it is extremely important to embrace and celebrate the original consciousness of the African people, as opposed to focusing only on the achievements of these people after they arrived in America.

We should eventually free ourselves from titles and move toward consciousness, but the evolution has to begin somewhere. Black History Month, which began as Black History week is a great concept, but it should continue to evolve as our consciousness evolves.

African History Living should be year round, and the celebration must be a constant inward journey of our self to the root of our existence, beginning with the re-evaluation of the modern African under Western thought.

Yes, Black people, it is time for us to plan on creating Black History. That begins with educating ourselves.





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