Supposed Blacks Had Stayed In Africa?
Carter G. Woodson, the founder of “Negro History Week” which became “Black History Month,” was ostracized by some of his peers because they opposed his “insistence on defining a category of history related to ethnic culture and race. At the time, these educators felt that it was wrong to teach or understand [Black] history as separate from more general American history. According to these educators, ‘Negroes’ were simply Americans, darker skinned, but with no history apart from that of any other. Thus Woodson’s efforts to get Black culture and history into the curricula of institutions, even historically Black colleges, were often unsuccessful.”
I agree with Woodson’s contemporaries: Black history is part and parcel of the fabric of American history. To try to segregate a portion of that history based on skin color is tantamount to attempting to segregate the number two from our numeric system because it is an even number with a curious shape.
But the thing I want to focus on is the predisposition of many blacks to condemn America as a country and culture bent on mistreating them, depriving them, and holding them back.
I remember being excoriated many years ago because during an on-air interview I said it was my opinion that black people today are thumbing their noses at God when they curse and condemn America. The fact that they came here as slaves notwithstanding, the alternative would have been to stay in their environs of origin.
None other than Booker T. Washington thanked “Providence” for bringing the Africans here. He understood that, in America, there existed a freedom and opportunity that would never be available in the lands they came from.
That said, it is worth asking this question: how many blacks who own their own home here in America would own their own home if their ancestors had not been brought here? How many blacks living here would be driving brand new automobiles if their ancestors had not been brought here? How many blacks living here today would have the same standard of life and unfettered access they have here, had their ancestors not been brought here? What quality of life would they have, had their ancestors stayed in Africa?
Blacks engaging in America-bashing and the blaming of whites as responsible for whatever it is they think they should have and do not, should reconsider the validity of their complaint. They should be reminded that Obama’s brother lives in Africa in a hut, who just a few years ago earned less than one dollar a month. We are told that today he earns that much a day selling coal in the streets.
What a dichotomy. Obama is brought here, reaps the wealth and rewards of America to become president, while his brother stayed in Africa and lives in a one room hut.
Blacks have foolishly, if not willingly, allowed themselves to become instruments of anger and blame. They have allowed themselves to be the useful idiots of those who make great gain by keeping them that way.
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, and the other black agitators, live in splendor, privilege, and wealth, and regularly engage in America-bashing — but what would they be if their ancestors had not been brought here? What would they be were they today living in a jungle or in the Sudan?
Every man, woman, and child in America should thank God they are here. Every man, woman, and child should understand that America is the greatest country in the world. There is a reason people from other countries are doing everything they can to come here — it’s because they know the least opportunity available to them here far exceeds the greatest opportunity they would have in their home countries.
There is no class system here. Children are not conscripted into the military and forced to fight here. Soldiers do not roam maraudingly through towns, raping and butchering women in America.
Americans as a whole, and specifically blacks, need to understand how great America truly is and how much more we have here than others any place in the world. Those blacks who bow before the throne of W.E.B. DuBois should be reminded that Communism has never worked and never will. And those who laud Marcus Garvey should remember that his legacy is the cesspool called Liberia.
As for me, I thank God I grew up in America. I thank God that I was able to raise my family in America. I’m thankful to have been raised in a family who loved America and shared that love of country with me. I’ve been to other countries, but I always look forward to coming home to America.
America may not be perfect, and like any frog she has had her share of warts. But, unlike any other country in the world, America has had the good sense and decency to eradicate those warts and blemishes.
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About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here