Group history should be used like an individual’s history

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The Nok civilisation, the Ghana Empire, control over the trans-Saharan trade, independent Afrikan gold and silver mining, chattel slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow, political independence in the motherland. Afrikans must remember their respective histories. History as the ancestor Amos Wilson taught us is not just the mere remembrance of dates, events and people but a guide to the current world we see, the situations inherited by groups of people, the cultivation and use of ideologies, the differences in power and control.

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History if it is to be used correctly firstly must be accurate, talk of 400 years of slavery as part of Afrikan history in the Americas is not historical. Pseudo-history from an Eurocentric spun, heavily re-wrote Bible, the story of 400 years slavery in Egypt is just it, it is no metaphor, it is no analogy, it is a fictionalised story not based on historical truthstory documented on the hieroglyphs of Egypt or in the archaeology of Egypt & Canaan (the Levant). Afrikans at no point in the Americas were stuck in Transatlantic slavery for 400 years, not in Brazil, nor in Argentina, not in Canada, nor in America. There were slaves already on Columbus’ first voyage but not Transatlantic slavery. Whether you date it 1492, 1500 or 1619, slavery of Afrikans in no country lasted 400 years. This fake history is a distortion of a story concocted to confuse Afrikans as to their own history and how to deal with the world around us.

The use of history for Afrikans like an individual does not require permanent group think but should be used by Afrikan individuals to gage situations of ‘us versus them’ with relation to other groups. This like an individual does with others whom they have had contact with in the past, a person bullies you as an individual, you know they have a forked tongue most times; don’t trust their word, you know they view you lowly do not think minor gestures changes their overall view, you know they are not to be trusted with friendship and closeness, you know they can pick on you easily and isolate you due to their reputation in your mind and their ability to previously get away with it, this would explain why the bully treats you so different from everyone else, the bully knows you can’t fight back mentally you are defeated, physically you have lost before and are afraid of confrontation, your memory of and feeling towards this person doesn’t change unless you see genuine sustained change over a long period (much longer than the person bullied you), not just an economic change of fortunes; the person no longer robs you because they work, what happens when they get fired, what happens when they spend all of their cash on clothes, it’s back to square one. This individuals history I described holds parallelism to Afrikans history in numerous places such as South Afrika, the USA and the UK, if you wouldn’t allow for it as an individual why do Afrikans stand for it as a group?

Think! Group history should be used like an individual’s history.

 

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One comment

  1. Kushite Prince · March 13, 2016

    “History as the ancestor Amos Wilson taught us is not just the mere remembrance of dates, events and people but a guide to the current world we see, the situations inherited by groups of people, the cultivation and use of ideologies, the differences in power and control.”
    Very true words! Another great post! We have to learn to use history to our advantage. It’s not just about learning things about your culture to make you feel good. It should be used as an instrument of power. Otherwise it’s useless.

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