Source: Carvell Wallace. “Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America.” The New York Times Magazine. February 12, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/magazine/why-black-panther-is-a-defining-moment-for-black-america.html
Source: Joe Feagin, Documenting the Costs of Slavery, Segregation and Contemporary Racism. Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. pg. 50. 2004.
I was born five years after this article was published, yet I am learning for the first time, that the New York Times published this information nearly four decades ago. Smdh! Why isn’t this mentioned in the Bible? Why isn’t this information being taught in our schools?
Source: Boyce Rensberger. “Ancient Nubian Artifacts Yield Evidence of Earliest Monarchy.” The New York Times. March 1, 1979. http://www.nytimes.com/1979/03/01/archives/ancient-nubian-artifacts-yield-evidence-of-earliest-monarchy-clues.html.
Minutes ago, I learned about the existence of this book and it’s crazy to me because when I made the decision to take legal action against William Morris, one of the most important questions I wanted to answer was: How and why did/does white racism begin/still exist [if original man was black and dominated the world for centuries “before [and after the “birth” of] Christ”]?
So far, Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing has done the best job in helping me understand this issue with her color confrontation theory, which addresses their fear of “white genetic annihilation” and discusses global white supremacy as a system of oppression against the indigenous peoples of the world that operates in all areas of human activity (e.g religion, law, entertainment, education, government, military, etc.) for the ultimate purpose of maintaining their genetic survival.
While writing this post, I did more research on the book. The Princeton Press writes:
There was racism in the ancient world, after all. This groundbreaking book refutes the common belief that the ancient Greeks and Romans harbored “ethnic and cultural,” but not racial, prejudice. It does so by comprehensively tracing the intellectual origins of racism back to classical antiquity. Benjamin Isaac’s systematic analysis of ancient social prejudices and stereotypes reveals that some of those represent prototypes of racism–or proto-racism–which in turn inspired the early modern authors who developed the more familiar racist ideas. He considers the literature from classical Greece to late antiquity in a quest for the various forms of the discriminatory stereotypes and social hatred that have played such an important role in recent history and continue to do so in modern society.
Magisterial in scope and scholarship, and engagingly written, The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity further suggests that an understanding of ancient attitudes toward other peoples sheds light not only on Greco-Roman imperialism and the ideology of enslavement (and the concomitant integration or non-integration) of foreigners in those societies, but also on the disintegration of the Roman Empire and on more recent imperialism as well. The first part considers general themes in the history of discrimination; the second provides a detailed analysis of proto-racism and prejudices toward particular groups of foreigners in the Greco-Roman world. The last chapter concerns Jews in the ancient world, thus placing anti-Semitism in a broader context.
Benjamin Isaac is Lessing Professor of Ancient History at the University of Tel Aviv. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the author of The Limits of Empire: The Roman Army in the East.
I’m really excited about reading this book! It will be the first book I read in 2018!!
Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, John G. Jackson, Ivan Van Sertima and many other black pan-Africanists have also said the same thing as Bernal, but they were always labeled “racist” or “black supremacists” for trying to correct the record and state historical facts.
Source: Foundations of Education. 11th ed. pg. 66. 2011.
There has been a war on Afrika and people of Afrikan descent for more than 400 years! This must stop!!!
Source: Sophie Tatum. CNN. October 20, 2017. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/20/politics/lindsey-graham-increase-military-operations/index.html
I loved Bey’s performance at the GRAMMYs on Sunday. I loved it even more because one of the two songs performed, was co-written by my good friend Ingrid Burley!
Some people are saying that Bey’s look was inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The Yoruba people are “descendants from variety of West African communities” who are “united by geography, history, religion and most importantly language.” The main countries where the Yoruba people live are Nigeria, Togo and Benin. In their religion, Oshun is the “goddess of water, fertility, motherhood, and the passing of the generations.” This deity is also responsible for blessing women with twins. As you [may] know, Bey is pregnant with twins. For more information on the Yoruba, click here.
I’ve always loved Bey, but I love her even more for continuing to use her platform to help [re]awaken the psyche of Africans, especially those living in the United States of America.
More pics from her performance are below: