The BEAUTY of Black History

You know, for the longest time I never knew black people in America had a history. “Back in my day” [I can’t believe I’m saying that] they didn’t teach anything at all about black history. There was a little paragraph that said your ancestors were slaves, accompanied by a picture of slaves working in a field. Then we learned about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks and that was it. I get that people don’t like to talk about slavery but that sent the message that there was No history for blacks. That other than silent workers who never contributed anything meaningful there were only two people in all of black culture who ever did anything of value and that was many years later.

The End.

.Not much of a history lesson. It sent a message that black people never mattered. And that Only white people Did matter. Both blacks and whites received this message.

There is an ancient proverb: Until the Lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.

Yes, one way Dominant groups inscribe power is by means of the historical record. It’s all Right, such is human nature. Promote thy self and minimize the accomplishments of others.

But now that I was older I decided to investigate myself. And what I discovered gave me a whole new Appreciation for black culture.

You see, contrary to what I was led to believe, black people have a rich, exciting history in this country that is just like any other culture’s history. I don’t mean that every culture had their culture and identities stripped away, but I do mean we have a very rich and colorful history in this country that speaks to our wonderful humanity. Determination, desire, struggles, hopes, highs, lows, love, war, passion, creativity, self expression, teamwork, invention, and inevitably the triumph of the human spirit. Every history book speaks to people being oppressed in various ways and how they always fight back to gain their freedom. From high taxes to strict rules to excessively long work hours to oppressive governments – the injustices abound within history books. Yet, people always find their way back to freedom. ALWAYS.

BLACK HISTORY IS NO DIFFERENT.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to share some highlights that Really resonated with me.

And I hope they resonate with you, too.

Black history does not have to be an “us versus them” mentality, always the victim and never the Victor. But it does tell a very human story, One that we can embrace with adoration, love and respect.

Published by cherrymoor

Well. (Sigh). I am a writer. I have always been a writer because I’ve always loved writing. And yet, I just realized a few days ago that I am a “writer”. What does this mean? It means I have a Need to write, a Calling to write, it completes me. Simple, right? Why am I just now realizing this? I always keep my written thoughts to myself, for the most part, only really sharing on occasion. I don’t really like speaking out to much, although when I do I am absolutely certain in my resolve. I’m also a researcher, which is why I am certain in my resolve. I am writing this quite frankly, because of a feeling. A feeling that I need to do this. Before I started writing this, I titled this “healing”. Interesting because I had no idea what it would be about, but it is about me doing something that I love and healing myself through the process. So, I want to encourage anyone who reads this, to do exactly what you love and you will be healed. Healed from the stress of repressing something that is dying to get out. Healed from society’s view that plugging into the matrix and working to make others wealthy is the way to go. Healed from the mental slavery that appreciates the pennies our government throws at us when this is a world of abundance. Healed by the ability to break free and do exactly what you want to do. Don’t care about the details, not anymore. My path has led me to this place, at this time, right now, to begin doing what I love and I will follow that path as I always do. I always say, listen to your body, and it will tell you what it needs. Wishing every human and animal on planet Earth heartfelt LOVE and peace of mind. Cherokee

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