Millions of black people have been miseducated to serve the agendas of the ruling white elites.
“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon,” Dan Brown
This popular phrase is very true especially when viewed through the experience of black children in America. The Euro-Centrism taught in schools advance a particular view not conducive to proper historical perspectives. The romanticism of European historical exploits, unfortunately, leads to the degradation of African people and their descendants.
Our contribution to world culture and civilization are consistently dismissed. We all know that Eurocentric perspectives negatively impact the self-esteem of Afro-descended children and leave them with little sense of purpose or importance. Moreover, these perspectives get incorporated into popular culture and affect how Afro-descended children view themselves.
In his introduction to Black Studies, Maulana Karenga believed that in order for black children to be well-rounded individuals they need to understand their history. He states that black studies:
Begins with Black History because it is relevant, even indispensable to the introduction and development of all the other subject areas
There’s no need to preach to the choir as the ‘homeschool movement’ seems to be growing at alarming rates. Scholars have discovered that the reason black families are beginning to homeschool their children is primarily because of the Eurocentric curriculum.
Because of this truth, Black families have started to look for ways to teach their children African history. We’ve become increasingly aware of how the school system miseducates our children and parents are looking to take back our agency.
One cannot enslave a group of people and still advance proper historical perspectives. Education is largely seen as the foundation of an individual’s future, so the establishment of an ethno-centered curriculum is of grave importance to the morale, purpose, and overall self-esteem of black children.
It takes much study and understanding to truly know how to learn African history. Even the resources we have today can be difficult to understand. But do not fret, because this article is going to lay out for you, blow by blow, how to teach your children (and ultimately yourself) African history.
First, we are going to discuss the topics of consideration to begin the lesson and then break down everything you need to know in order to relay it to your offspring.
Here is how you teach your children African History:
1. Teach them that Africa is a continent with many ethnic groups
2. Teach them the classical empires of each region
3. Teach them about prominent historical figures, including myths & legends
4. Teach them about African art
5. Show them how to honor their ancestors
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