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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

5 Benefits of African-Centered Education

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Develops African Culture Consciousness

One effect of the enslavement of African people has been the distortion of their cultural consciousness. Preeminent educator and author Dr. Amos Wilson argues that when a people’s culture is distorted, their capacity to appropriately organize, evaluate, and classify information to deal with reality is impaired.

He further argued that culture must be used as a conduit for solving problems and meeting the needs of the people.

African-centered scholars and educators argue that children of African descent must be taught their culture through a process of re-Africanization. This process begins with an African-centered education that entails studying, observing, and eventually fully practicing their culture that defines, creates, celebrates, sustains and develops them.

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  1. David Modeste says:

    African centered education should be included in educational curricula, but not solely to "oppose" but to expand and inform our knowlege of self, our overstanding of other cultures, and just as important how it all fits together in the whole.

  2. African centered education should be continually "separated" from the public school system. This is only a benefit so there is no lies being told to our children particularly about the American founding fathers.

  3. iam from the Caribbean and its amaze me how Caribbean blacks don't want to call of associate themselves with and we now every black person link back to Africa

  4. Alan Parker says:

    I believe, African Black Culture needs to be studied among Africans so that they would have a sense of their own understanding of themselves. The African continent is a confuse territory based upon various disparities. With that in mind the American Black is unable to obtain a clear understanding of their past interns of pr ideologies, culture differences and world accomplishments. There is a large disconnection among Africans than there are among Black Americans. The problem however seem not only culturally but more socially confined, the division among the Africans because of much tribal differences becomes a model of entanglement and self deficiencies which allows a culture and people to become so desperately disproportional , separated and vulnerable. This so call narrow minded egocentric mentality which is build up among Africans is a cancer among Africans and is noticeable here in America. There is no sense of compromise between various African countries and people even among those here in the United States. It is true that Black Americans are in need of seeking knowledge of the past with the understanding of who we are as a race of people, but who would be the teacher of this past culture and what African country will become a perfect model a that can connect American Blacks to their African culture and their past. So far neither the culture nor the ways of Africans within Africa gives any form of inspiration that Black American seek to attach itself. The accepted diversity remain positive since American Blacks sense more accomplishment here in a country that they are born too and related too rather than to a land call Africa which they have no understanding of .
    As Black Americans continue to witness an influx of many who are pouring in the United States from their own country just to become a part of America which makes it even more difficult for many American Blacks to see a connection to Africa as major criteria. Africa because of its culture disconnection among its people and among itself does not become a great model that can enhance efforts that would encourage a bridge between the African and the Black American gap. Africans culture ambiguities have two worlds, historical and visionary, both seems optimistic and controversial as the struggle continues.

  5. i agree because this western European education is not for our kids…they need to taught they came from kings and queens people who were strong and not given fairy tales of snow white or superman…those are their fairytale s. .teach them about our great kings …Mansa Musa. so they can truly believe in themselves and have a sense of they can do..and not feel worthless because of their skin color as the slave master have brainwashed our ancestors..Thank the most high for Dr.Umar Johnson.Dr.Clark..Dr.Frances..Dr.Kaba.Dr.Smalls and many more who are trying show people that we are more and not their servitudes and to liberate your minds.To see this is our world everything they have they took or stole…i just wish every black person would just move to the motherland fix it up and flourish without the negative racist people.

  6. This article , as well as the majority of commentators who have responded to it , is full of the kind of ignorance that's pain sticks like a needle into a vein. However , that's not the real pain , for it will only inject poison into the blood stream that is our nations youth. The youth that is our nations future , a youth of many races and nationalities , but not one that thinks in your failed philosophy based on separation. You make up this ridiculous mythology that due to some persistent and historical pattern of repeated abuse that has been heaped upon the black race since the New World met Columbus. That today's Black American youth has been suffering at the hands of Arab and European traders since the last millennial. However your Afrocentric thinking has your perception of reality so twisted you believe that "white" America is responsible for destroying your very essence , identity , and soul. Those traits that make up your true African self , your lost strengths of self confidence and reliance have been taken from you , along with the knowledge of the glorious kingdoms built by your African ancestors in history.—————————————————————————————–Wake up ! If your life sucks , it's not because of some white dude 200 years ago. In fact , the odds are very much in your favor , that your life is still dramatically better then it would be there. Your crazy If you think Africa is a bunch of trees , giraffes , and your African brothers awaiting your return with open arms. Africa is a land of danger and confusion , it's got a few bright spots here and there , however most of Africa is filled with corruption , crime , civil war , genocide , border wars and conflicts of every kind for any reason. Power , money like diamonds..gold… , relations/relatives/race tribe , religion , land , ideology ,oh and labor ….. forced labor….. slavery exists… still.. today ! Only now it is an all African affair , men and boys to fight in their armies or dig in their mines , the women .. mostly for pleasure….. Which is why AIDS is an epidemic in Africa with as much as half the population HIV + in some places.==================================== Maybe you Afrocentric education commissars should stop trying to Re-Africanize Black America , we don't have a need for your divisions here , catch a plane and go fight AIDS in Lesotho or Swaziland. Oh , but then again they won't want you over there telling them about what it means to be African.——————————— Finally , Stop acting like slavery was invented by Western European White people in 1500 to work the lands of the New World. Read a book or two slavery is as old as man , the Bible is at least a few thousand years old and in it are countless stories of slavery , most of which are in regards to Jewish people being enslaved. The Jewish race is not a "White" race [ whatever that means } but a Mid Eastern – N African race Aramaic / Hebrew similar to Persian / Iranian , Egyptian / Libyan , Syrian , or Jordanian. They were enslaved by the Egyptians and Babylonians for many years. The N. African Moors of Arab + Black African descent enslaved millions of "White" Europeans during the last quarter of the first millennia A.D. continuing on into the middle ages just before the age of discovery led by western European navigators. The word slave is rooted in the word Slav , as in Slovakia ,Slovenia , or Slavic , which you might know happens to be a "white" race located in areas of eastern Europe. It also happened to be a crossroads for quite a few powerful civilizations in history. Which sadly led to the Slav being the victim of his poor decision regarding a homeland , and being known for his constant condition as a slave.

    Oh , btw…… There is No White – European or Black – African race for the most part if ANY——–1000s + 1000s of years the men of our forefathers have been jumping on ships , going to strange lands , and sticking it in the strange lands ladies. That's why we all got a little bit of Black n White with a little bit spice

  7. Really !!! I don't think young Blacks are failing because of self-esteem identity issues from their skin color. Plenty of hot White women have cured that issue , the problem stems from a lack of male role models , especially fathers in the home of their children. This cycle is now being escalated further by the children and grandchildren of those single Black mothers raising kids of their own. The degradation that is going on isn't one of Afrocentric Blackness cultural traits , but rather one much more basic. They are called morals + values , which is compounded even more by the declining levels of education , escalating levels of financial pressure with each generation and child. Then multiplied by the war on drugs and the prison/industrial complex.

  8. Alan Parker says:

    I see that you have been studying. Peace!

  9. Alan Parker says:

    Some folks may not have a problem being treated as a slaved but I do and take offense when those who ensalved me tells me to Get Over It. I Can 't do that and Want. Sorry.

  10. Alan Parker , You were never enslaved , however I understand your sentiment. I support that one should feel pride of ones heritage and regret the actions of ones ancestor who we feel did someone wrong. However we are not them , and we are not then , we are us in the here and now. What to us seems so inhumane and illogical , is a resulting benifit of times passing and its cultural transformation , that has been the historic path of humanity towards modern soceity. In the Old Testement , the human value of life is repeatedly shown to be very little , with the New Testement we see a significant change in the attitude towards life. In the Roman Empire , death was viewed as sport and entertainment , until the spread of Christianity throughout the Empire brought a pocket of hopeful advancement of man. Following the fall of Rome those pockets were fewer , but present up and until the Dark Ages and Bubonic plague put a damper on things for awhile until the renissace and finally the enlightenment help bring about some stability in the advance of mankind and his connection with humanity and civilization. It was only then , in a period of time that man didn't suffer the feelings of constant darkness that the real possiability of him suffering from imminent death from any direction , when he was able to reflect upon the soceity around him and spread his knowledge to others , did we ever really start to develop these feelings of right and wrong and to bring about their implimentation into the world. While some may say documents like the Magna Carta or Enlish Bill of Rights lead the way , while there is some truth in it preceding its not really so for the common man ,even in aceint times the rule of law had been esttablished at times. Real revolutionary thought came when John Locke put forward his triestes on the inalienable rights of man and with the great awakining that followed a true and complete image started to be formed of what it meant to be an owner of ones self while simultanousley respecting the rights of others and combined with the spirit of empathy and compassion for your fellow man taught by Jesus. This is when the great changes in mans thoughts on his soceity really came about , which is why we saw such dramatic events take place in the 1700s. The American Revolution ignited with the heat of these thoughts were allowed to smolder in an environment with the proper ingridents and a couple agents to spark it. While the men of the Revolution were of a developing mind in regards to human rights , they were still very much entangled in the economic reality of their world.

  11. Alan Parker says:

    Announcement for a Lynching…
    _as reprinted in 'The Crises' from the New Orleans States newspaper, 1919…

  12. Alan Parker Interesting that you bring up that state. I lived in New Orleans for 5 years and so know a little about the area. Including this little nugget. One of the largest owners of slaves in the City of New Orleans was a Free Black woman. Yes , It is true …. Blacks did own slaves in the South. Not that it was common , slave owners were a minority amongst white men to begin with. However all of this is aside from my central points , not to deny or minimize the reality of racisim or all the wrongs done , but that amongst this nations founders you will find most full of wisdom. However even the wise man has sin and imperfections , the sign of wisdom comes from his realization of those imperfections.

  13. Alan Parker says:

    Announcement for a Lynching…
    _as reprinted in 'The Crises' from the New Orleans States newspaper, 1919… 3,000 Will Burn Negro: New Orleans States 1919, John Hartfield will be LYNCHED by Ellisville MOB, at 5 0'CLOCK This Afternoon. Governor Bilbo says he is Powerless to prevent it- Thousand of People are Flocking into Ellisville to Attend the Event- Sheriff and Authorities Are Powerless to Prevent it. Hattiesburg, Mississippi, June 26, 1919. Mr., you don't know what ignorance is. You see Mark, “ ignorance is when a cleaver person like you distorts and mislead the truths in order to make your folks feel reprieved thinking that it will work while not owning up to the shame of being called a human being”. I’m going to be kind to you Mark but I must remind you of this, “Ignorant is used when a person or persons doesn’t know,” but I’m quite sure as intelligent as you make yourself out to be that you and your kind did know in the 1900’s what your granddaddy, did and why. Please don’t open the door, because believe me you want like what you see. Again Mr. Mark, Sir, It is impossible for you to tell me about what your people didn't do in the past and what they are not doing racially now a person would be ignorant if they somehow refuse to understand the clandestine attempts by others to take away the rights of Black folks in America and deprive them of their inalienable rights. By the way, Mark, Ignorance, is also “when you allow educators, writers and TV’s opinionators promote their philosophical views and lies without being checked or rebuked”. This is my suggestion to you Mark, please do not attempt to think you know anything about my pain or the pain of Black folks, you can’t walk in my shoes or the shoes of Black Americans because we are still alive and are walking in them! Do not assume you can experience us but rather this would be a great assignment and would be curious in knowing the answer. Question (1). Why do both Northern and Southern Whites blame American Blacks as, The caused of the Civil War and feel that we should be punish for it?
    By Alan C. PARKER

  14. Alan Parker says:

    A little rescent history, Mark.

  15. Alan Parker says:

    white Cincinnati-area teacher has been suspended for allegedly telling an African-American student that "we do not need another black president" after the student said he would like to become president, the Cincinnati Inquirer reports.

    The Fairfield Board of Education suspended Fairfield Freshman School science teacher Gil Voigt after he allegedly made the comments with several students present earlier this month, according to a report from Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin, who conducted a disciplinary hearing on the matter, the Inquirer reports.

    Voigt, who has been teaching at the school since 2000, has 10 days to request a hearing before the school board, but this isn’t the first time he has been disciplined.

    According to the Inquirer, which reviewed the teacher's disciplinary documents, he received a verbal warning for making an inappropriate racial comment in 2008. That year he also received a verbal warning for improper use of school technology, and last year he received a verbal warning after allegedly calling a student "stupid." He received a written warning last month for failure to use the adopted curriculum.

    "This is a rare occurrence. This is the first time I’ve faced it since being named assistant superintendent [in 2011]," Martin said. In his report, Martin said that he believed the four students who were interviewed and corroborated the account of the incident as the student reported it.

    The black student was removed from Voigt's class after his parents complained.

    "We intend to uphold board policies and to hold teachers accountable for the essential functions of the teacher job description," Martin said.

    Voigt was not present at the meeting and could not be reached by the Inquirer for comment. According to the report, Voigt said that the student was a troublemaker and not a very good student and that his statement had been misquoted.

  16. Alan Parker says:

    Announcement for a Lynching…
    _as reprinted in 'The Crises' from the New Orleans States newspaper, 1919… 3,000 Will Burn Negro: New Orleans States 1919, John Hartfield will be LYNCHED by Ellisville MOB, at 5 0'CLOCK This Afternoon. Governor Bilbo says he is Powerless to prevent it- Thousand of People are Flocking into Ellisville to Attend the Event- Sheriff and Authorities Are Powerless to Prevent it. Hattiesburg, Mississippi, June 26, 1919. Mr., you don't know what ignorance is. You see Mark, “ ignorance is when a cleaver person like you distorts and mislead the truths in order to make your folks feel reprieved thinking that it will work while not owning up to the shame of being called a human being”. I’m going to be kind to you Mark but I must remind you of this, “Ignorant is used when a person or persons doesn’t know,” but I’m quite sure as intelligent as you make yourself out to be that you and your kind did know in the 1900’s what your granddaddy, did and why. Please don’t open the door, because believe me you want like what you see. Again Mr. Mark, Sir, It is impossible for you to tell me about what your people didn't do in the past and what they are not doing racially now a person would be ignorant if they somehow refuse to understand the clandestine attempts by others to take away the rights of Black folks in America and deprive them of their inalienable rights. By the way, Mark, Ignorance, is also “when you allow educators, writers and TV’s opinionators promote their philosophical views and lies without being checked or rebuked”. This is my suggestion to you Mark, please do not attempt to think you know anything about my pain or the pain of Black folks, you can’t walk in my shoes or the shoes of Black Americans because we are still alive and are walking in them! Do not assume you can experience us but rather this would be a great assignment and would be curious in knowing the answer. Question (1). Why do both Northern and Southern Whites blame American Blacks as, The caused of the Civil War and feel that we should be punish for it?

  17. Jacquelyn Vinson Garrett says:

    Mark Robb , you make good arguments from your perspective. Having no actual historical perception of the residuals from slavery (1555-1964) things may not affect you in the same way that it does people living with the aftermath of that reality. If I am not mistaken the Dark Ages were ushered in with the advent of a distorted form Christianity into Europe.

  18. Lay'Di Cleopatra says:

    Mark Robb, you don't have a clue white boy.

  19. Lay'Di Cleopatra says:

    Alan Parker, don't make apologies for it, neither will I. The people who tell you to get over it are the people who needs to be ignored. Has anyone told the families of the 911 victims to get over it? Have they told the Jews to get over it? Have they told the southern whites to get over it?

  20. Alan Parker , Sorry I've been pretty busy the past couple weeks and haven't had the time to devout a proper response to your earlier post. It's coming , in the mean time I'll just respond to this one since it's easy. I never said racism died or that it doesn't go on today , in fact I have experienced myself on many occasions. In New Orleans , where I went to school from 4th to 9th grade , I was the minority. I got in more then one fight with a black person because I was white and they didn't like white people. My school was 40% black , 15 % hispanic , 20% asian , and about 25% white . So I grew up around all races and between there and high school in NC I would say I had probably 5 what you would call "best friends" and 2 of them where black. My point is that guy is an idiot and he has no business in a public school with a history of comments such as that. I mean …. his comment was pure ignorance … of all Barack Obamas traits which could be identified and called out as a fault., his color … How about his Hitleresque ability to deceive the masses

  21. Lay'Di Cleopatra…………….. Well please enlighten me with more profound racial remarks

  22. Mark Robb – Bull dodo, poppy cock. Go sit down some where and nobody trying to here nothing you trying to say.

  23. Alan Parker says:

    Well Mark here are a couple of things that may have contributed to immorality. I am sure that The middle passage was immoral, slavery was immoral, Jim crow was immoral , the hanging and killing of Black women and children was immoral second class citizenship was immoral, decimation was immoral, keeping one from making a living to raise their family equally was immoral, oppressing a race with its laws differently for others because of their skin color was immoral and tyranny is immoral, illusion under disillusionment is immoral, forced in a life of degradation and depravities by a welfare system that excluded the Fathers which caused mother not to claim husbands in the house whole or future husband was immoral, running drugs in vulnerable neighborhoods and less defensives communities by white drug lords ( first) was immoral and all such deviants did come from a role model Mark , and he wore the face of those whom my ancestors met when they found themselves on a shipped heading across the Atlantic to a New World call America, handcuffed, Shackles and chains and treated less than an human being because we were consider by those ( Models) less than human. Hum, I wonder what is being said today?

  24. Alan Parker says:

    Hitler was a killer of a race of defenseless people, President Obama is a Politician, and there is a different, a BIG Difference between he and Hitler, Hitler did not show himself of having a soul, President Obama show himself as a Black Man with a family that is able to take care of his family and the country from going backward but forward. He was a man that inherited a crumbling problem at the break of our nation’s economic catastrophe which we hear far less of today because he pulled the country out of this disparity without the help of the Republican Party who had hoped that this country would have fallen so that a Black Man would go down in history as a failed President but it didn’t happen and you know why Mr. Mark? Because God sent Obama to do this job and to save America. Will President Obama get the Thanks that he deserves? I can answer that question very easily Mark, No! And do you know why Brother Mark? Let me answer this, It’s because of an attitude that is hovering over America today because he is still in the White House an attitude which is filled with hate against him. And when your hatred points against a Black President that hatred is felt among a Black nation. Do you think God sent Hitler to kill 7 to 8 million Jewish people, Mark? Because there are those who have this Euro-hatred that believe he did. Mark, I went to school during the time of Free Choice and if I had gone to a white school, I probably would have never graduated from High School because I would have been expelled each day that I went to school and I probably would have been put in jailed for life for hitting a white person or persons (boys). So please don't sing that song. Also Mark how can you continue to defend the brutal behavior that whites displayed against Black people in the south as well as in this country a country that African Blacks did not asked to come too. I’m sure this is a fact that Black people are the only race of people who did not want to come to America yet were brought here by forced and now because we are here Wild Horses couldn’t drag us away; it’s a principle thing which all Blacks are in agreement. Do you really live on this planet Mark or do you prefer to continue on living in an illusion of disillusionment?

  25. Alan Parker says:

    Well Mark here are a couple of things that made have contributed to immorality:The middle passage was immoral, slavery was immoral, Jim crow was immoral , the hanging and killing of Black women and children was immoral second class citizenship was immoral, decimation was immoral, keeping one from making a living to raise their family equally was immoral, oppressing a race with its laws differently for others because of their skin color was immoral and tyranny is moral, illusion under disillusionment is immoral, forced in a life of degradation and depravities by a welfare system that excluded the Fathers which caused mother not to claim husbands in the house whole or future husband was immoral, running drugs in a vulnerable neighborhoods and less defensives communities by white drug lords ( first) was immoral and all such deviants did come from a role model Mark , and he wore the face of those whom my ancestors met when they found themselves on a shipped heading across the Atlantic to a New World call America, handcuffed, Shackles and chains and treated less than an human being because we were consider by those ( Models) less than human. Hum, I wonder what is being said today?

  26. Alan Parker says:

    Well Mark here are a couple of things that made have contributed to immorality:The middle passage was immoral, slavery was immoral, Jim crow was immoral , the hanging and killing of Black women and children was immoral second class citizenship was immoral, decimation was immoral, keeping one from making a living to raise their family equally was immoral, oppressing a race with its laws differently for others because of their skin color was immoral and tyranny is moral, illusion under disillusionment is immoral, forced in a life of degradation and depravities by a welfare system that excluded the Fathers which caused mother not to claim husbands in the house whole or future husband was immoral, running drugs in a vulnerable neighborhoods and less defensives communities by white drug lords ( first) was immoral and all such deviants did come from a role model Mark , and he wore the face of those whom my ancestors met when they found themselves on a shipped heading across the Atlantic to a New World call America, handcuffed, Shackles and chains and treated less than an human being because we were consider by those ( Models) less than human. Hum, I wonder what is being said today?

  27. Beverly Armelin Scott Please take an English literacy class

  28. Alan Parker I have never argued over the immorality of slavery. In fact I have some disagreements with my own judeo-christian raising on these matters , historically speaking. I mean if you talk old testement on these matters , it appears to be just the way things are , and it's never discussed in a racial manner. Unless you consider race along the line of the differences between Babylonians and Jews

  29. Jacquelyn Vinson Garrett Thank you Jacquelyn , I know that Blacks in America have suffered wrongs at the hands of members of my race , but it is a very complicated matter and not one that is so easily solved with the solutions that some of these reverse racists would approve. I have been with women of color and have had some of my best friends from the projects. So I know a little about how things are in this world.

  30. Honorable Noadiah Israel says:

    Mark Robb mind your manners, matter of fact don't even open you mouth towards black women or black issues, you are the off spring of our enemy, and you still want to bring your confusion and wicked agenda on our forum. I would teach you something but I doubt your wicked mind would even comprehend, so I will just say Alan parker is correct and your clueless.

  31. Alan Parker says:

    Mark, it is not my job to educate you neither will I attempt to accept to say this; Do you not know that my Father Grandmother, mother was a slave? The end of slavery wasn't that long ago, 1865, but lasted over 2 & half century and you are telling me that, slavery doesn't have any effect on the mental stage of Black Americans. I'm finish with your lack of knowledge, Good Day.

  32. Honorable Noadiah Israel . Please change your name , you have no honor and you disrespect the name Israel with your ignorance. How am I in any way an enemy of you. I have no interest in bringing confusion , nor do I have a wicked agenda. In fact I have an honorable agenda , and that is to rid this nation of the pollution that your kind spews. You teach todays black youth to look at the past and blame the white man for their current conditions , instead of focusing on the present. You breed a generation that gives excuses instead of excellence

  33. Honorable Noadiah Israel says:

    Mark Robb I make no excuse, tell the so called jews to get over their holocaust you would never, well neither do my people, need to get over their and any one who says different has a agenda to put us back in slavery I don't hate nor care about your kind, my only plan and desire is complete separation for the black nation

  34. Mark Robb I have Read all of the Above and all arguments. All we saying as black is that we need to readdress how history is being told, its being told from a White mans perspective and t hat has to stop!!!! Black children cant be growing up idolizing Barbey, King Henry or Queen Elizabeth. We need to teach our Kids about our own Heroes and let them know that their forefathers where powerful people that changed the world. You wrong to say that we cant blame the past from 200 years back, I tell you now Black oppression has many dynamics and it will affect the black child for more 100 years because the white people don't want to redirect what was done. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT to Speak to anything related to slavery or black Oppression because you have no idea of the after effects. You cant tell us we need to move on and stop blaming the past!!

  35. Yvonne Jerusha Gekara says:

    Mark Robb , you have a good point. But have you asked yourself why there are so many single mothers? Ever heard of learned helplessness? How about reading about "The New Jim Crow"? Ever wondered why imprisonment rates of black males are 4 times higher than those of white males of ANY age in the United States? Do you know of any immigrant whites that were forced to abandon their heritage? that were prevented from marrying? that were forcefully bred in order to give birth to subservient children who were ideal slaves? If you know anything about that and still hold firm to your previous statements… well, I 've got nothing more to say.

  36. Yvonne Jerusha Gekara says:

    Do you have something against people seeking a cultural heritage? The Irish have their history, as do Germans, Greeks, Skandinavians etc. So is there something wrong with people simply trying to go back and retrace their history, to take pride in where they came from, and in their ancestors? Why do you consider it ignorance when someone is simply trying to obtain a sense of self? Is it ignorance when an adopted child tries to find out who his real parents are?

  37. Its not just about knowing your history, its about practicing your culture. Success in the black community is directly linked to the amount of culture retained. Check it out continental Africans do best, followed by caribbean Africans, followed by american Africans. In two generations of americanization achievements begin to decline.

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