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Speak Out! - Opinion: The Other Side Of African/Black History Month

Why do most ‘black’ history month events in the UK exclude African history in favour of delivering entertainment based jamboree’s? Hillingdon council have disrespectfully rebranded October an ‘all-peoples’ history month – what are the implications?

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There are many black people who are physically repulsed when you associate them with Africa. Such is the brainwash many see your attempt to associate them with Africa as a mental torture.

Fri 30 March 2012, 1:31 pm

Thank you Awula Serwah & Kwaku for bringing up this issue. I believe that the dumbing down of ‘black history month’ is a deliberate ploy to keep the 'blacks' ignorant and subservient in their intellectual and cultural development. Teachers who are simply lazy, ignorant themselves and or quiet frankly do not really care. Yes, indeed, children are engaged by music and dance, this is a fact, so, teach them to read and write musical scores and to understand the classical compositions of Ignatius Sancho, (1729-1780), An Early African Composer in England. Take them to Sadlers Wells and liaise with black teachers of Contemporary classical ballet or dance choreographers, learning skills to further their access into the ‘white’ media, film world, skills such as theatre design, film editing, animation, using the journey of those from the past, to take us into the vision of the future. From there we can start to foster and direct their intelligence into studying more intellectual books and gaining an insight from those numerous African British intelligentsia from the arts, history, law, philosophy. The options are endless. Sadly I feel we tend to preach to the converted. Perhaps, those of us who have the inside knowledge and foresight need to take responsibility and approach the educational authorities with a child friendly brochure that can act as a template to not only engage the children but also educate the teachers...ideas, ideas, ideas....To write our own curriculum that should be followed, in conjunction with the schools teaching methods for Black History Month, so we as a people are to be included in our story and not to stand on the outside begging for a short term contract to teach a Zumba workshop. Sometimes one needs to be a part of the enemy to destroy the enemy. I highly recommend reading the biography of Ignatius Sancho, an African Man of Letters, published by the National Portrait Gallery, it gives you a greater insight into how the British mind works, from the portrayals of the African man in paintings, whereupon our enslaved children were used like pets, to the begrudging respect shown to those Africans whose talents could not be hidden or downtrodden. It has not changed that much today, but now we are so brainwashed in the X factor society, that we have allowed our intelligence to be swayed to think that Black History Month, is just one big month of entertainment and have forgotten in part the proud Africans and our fortitude to stand up against all the odds. Thank you again Sr Sewah & Kwaku for keeping us on our toes and fighting the demonic plague of low level complacency that festers the soul of some of our African brothers and sisters.

JMO, London/UK
Tue 4 October 2011, 11:22 am

Since we have has no control over he education of our children, our hisotry has been kept from our children and the rest of the world and therefore those that control the system of mis-education in the UK hae used so-called Black History Month to push thier racist anti-Afrikan agenda by implying that Black so-called history is aout singing, dancing, poetry ad all that and they use it to pander to antio-afrikan streotypes about us and becuase we do not know that we are God's childen we unwittingly or wittingly play along with this racist anti-afrikan agenda. Unless the Afrikan community in the UK takes ownership and funds Afrikan history month itself, it will cease to have any relevance to us as a people and more importantly our children who becuase of white brainwashing idoelogy have no clue of thier glorious Afrikan past AND present. Therefore the onus is on ourselves and not the slave rapist to educate our children as the so-called white man has shown that he/she will ALWAYS mis-educte our children - this is why it is essential to have Afrikan/Black independent schools to re-educate our children.

kwame osei, Ghana
Mon 26 September 2011, 4:30 pm

How are a people kept down? ‘Never know' their history. "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated." Dr. Carter G. Woodson 1875 – 1950 “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey 1887-1940 "A tree without roots can bare no fruit, it will die." Erich Martin Hicks 1952 - Present Keep history alive.

Buffalo Soldier 9, Woodland Hills, Ca. USA
Mon 12 September 2011, 4:47 pm

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