From KINGS and QUEENS to slaves
The second time Africans came to the continent of what we now call America, we were brought to this country against our will as slaves about 1619. Since that time we have been engaged in a relentless battle to strive and survive. I have spoken to many African-Americans and Caucasians who think the conversation of slavery is no longer necessary. I disagree. Until we commit to thoroughly examining and understanding what happened behind us we cannot understand what is going on around us right now. In this country African-Americans are considered inferior and we often feel that way due to our horrendous beginning in this country.
As slaves in this country we were forced to denounce every aspect of our culture. We were from a thriving civilization. Africans then had their own written and spoken language, ceremonial and spiritual practices, rites of passage, and family structure. We were inventive and accomplished explorers, buliders and laborers. However, we forced to hate our roots and forget it all. The video below with Dr. Asa Hillard does an excellent job presenting a snapshot of these truths.
Malcolm X said it best “You can’t hate the roots of the tree without ending up hating the tree. You can’t hate your origin without ending up hating yourself. You can’t hate the land, your motherland, the place that you come from, and we can’t hate Africa without ending up hating ourselves. The Black man in the Western Hemisphere—North America, Central America, South America, and in the Caribbean—is the best example of how one can be made, skillfully, to hate himself that you can find anywhere on this earth.”
The result of slavery and the stripping of our culture is an inferiority complex. Reluctantly, we submitted to slavery as a means of survival. Slaves who did not submit were sold, beaten mercilessly, or murdered. In slavery we acknowledged a lifestyle that did not esteem us. From the inception of slavery in America we would never be able to duplicate ourselves, carry out our true African identity nor have a place we could call home. The centuries of torture that we experienced in this country as a group of people is unfathomable. Slavery, Black Codes, and Jim Crow segregation are just seminal events for the more advanced demonstrations of white supremacy we experience today. It is remarkable that we are still here which speaks to the inherent greatness that we possess.
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