Millions of black people have been miseducated to serve the agendas of the ruling white elites.
We often hear the saying ‘history is agreed upon by the winners.’ Dan Brown captures the very essence of this idea:
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.
The negative images that African-American children see of themselves in popular culture, combined with how they’re portrayed throughout history, is a powerful psychological weapon used to weaken ambition and self-esteem. These negative portrayals advance a “subservient culture” within the African-American community which greatly aids in limiting how high they set their goals.
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:
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.
Subjects taught in schools such as Latin, Greek, and Western philosophy, even in historically black schools allude to the supremacy of European ideas, worldview, and culture. Europe is assumed to be the norm and this marginalizes the intellectual agency of Africa’s civilization, therefore making black people invisible, even amongst themselves.
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.
All this certainly sounds good, but how do black families actually go about teaching their children African history? Where do we start? African history, contrary to popular belief, is not a ‘dark continent’ with no history. The history of Africa is just as rich, full and complex as any other.
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