When a parent teaches a child to hate the other parent, subconsciously that child begins to devalue his or her self because the child identifies with and finds comfort in both parents. If one parent is conceptualized as inferior, the child will internalize this thought and often times will subconsciously handicap themselves into behavior similar to the “inferior” parent. The child is therefore forced into a double-mindedness, having to experience life choosing between the two perceptions while formulating thier own.
This happens also within our education system. The education Black children are currently under emphasizes to them that existing Black peoples are the descendants of slaves, while undervaluing if at all mentioning the contributions made by Black peoples worldwide before the inhumane institution of slavery. With this historical rhetoric constantly pumped in our children with intentionally limited impactful alternatives, they subconsciously deduce that they exist only to be exploited by a superior white race and eventually, they will crash into a glass ceiling. With this concept cemented in them, our children are constantly plagued by a survival mentality, and the environments which they reside are not conducive to any area of elevation.
Instead of reducing our children to learning about Alexander “the Great” who is not historically relevant to Black achievement, our children should be learning of Mansa Musa or Shaka Zulu; both of which exude relevant cultural pride and both were historically documented economic and cultural power houses of their time. These are just two of “The Greats” of our people that go unmentioned besides a re-run of “Shaka Zulu” on television. Most Black people have limited conceptions of thier own truth because it is not made as readily available to them as European history and achievements, for example movies like Troy or 300, which depict European conquest in great detail and honor.
Its imperative that Black parents of my generation today understand our history first, so that the lessons from it can be passed down to our children now, orally or through literature; at school and in the home. But of course it starts in the home….
And then ask your pastors why these men are never spoken of in a platform that reaches so many on a weekly basis? Is that not where most of our people currently get they’re history lessons from? To talk of what one man has done and to disregard the many before him is for a reason. You must ask the right questions.
-Excerpt from “Kongo Blood-American Mask” by Inside Nianda Speaks