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The Truth about Black History

 

The Truth about Black History

“The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”; a phrase the entertainment industry borrows repeatedly from actual courtroom procedures to interject “realistic” dialogue into the “true crime” venues presented.  This is allegedly incorporated into History as well, but expectation does not always produce results ---- especially in Black History. As a “4C T (Certified Card Carrying Conspiracy Theorist)” and historian, I utilize historical references and backstories to infuse realism into creative writing. My disdain for and recommended elimination of Black History Month has been duly noted.  All ethnic historical celebrations e g Jewish History Month, Spanish History Month, Asian Heritage Month et al could be included and transitioned to kindred honoring assemblages as well. Rhetorically, these contemporary celebrations otherwise imply that the “default value” of History is Euro-centrically White.

Before a wing in Guantanamo has been reserved for me ---- allow me to acknowledge that contributions in all fields of endeavor, cultural, scientific, medicine, exploration; to enumerate some; have been enhanced and in many cases initiated by Whites. These accomplishments are typically ethnically European footnoted ---- Christopher Columbus’s Italian-Spanish association, Portuguese and Spanish explorers, British colonization, French and German alliances in the Revolutionary War, Spanish conquistadors, Roman emperors in World conquests.  So-called minority achievements are systematically bleached, omitted and or politically propagandized in these instances.

To further elucidate:

1.    Columbus´s navigator Pedro Alonso Niño, was Black

2.    Zheng He, a Chinese admiral travelled the routes of Spanish and Portuguese explorers more than a half century earlier

3.    Multi-racial Crispus Attucks was politically propagandized as a war for independence casualty although his shooting by British soldiers was the result of an escalated tavern hazing in 1770 five years before the War began.  The young attorney that successfully defended the murder charges against the eight British soldiers was John Adams, a founding father and co-drafter of the Declaration of Independence

4.    Black freed and escaped slaves fought on all sides of the Revolutionary War suffering 20% of the casualties, prominent in the defining battle at Valley Forge there were Blacks as 5,000 comprised 1/6 of the Continental Army, 10,000 – 12,000 served in the BRITISH forces, some were members of the allied French and German forces. Others such as Cornelius "Colonel" Tye led marauding bands of freed slaves.

5.    Hannibal, Alexander and Attila are minorities that conquered the World as then defined

Before you “hit the Z key” with due respect to Cleopatra, Septimus Severus, Gelasius, Medici, Gaspar Yanga, Beethoven, Haydn, Simon Bolivar, Bass Reeves and other historical luminaries ---- minority achievement, Black  in particular has been systematically excluded. Others have been reduced to single name reference i e Sam (Eli Whitney aide), York (Lewis and Clark guide), and Joe (slave of Colonel Travis from the Alamo) and some “Mexican townspeople” from the same Battle.

Bottom line: There should be one inclusive World History.

(An Alternative:

Race Relations Month – National or International Festivities memorializing peaceful brotherhood activities e.g. Chinese and Black participation in the building of the railroads, Mexican and Black participation in the great Cattle Drives, Native American participation in the building of the skyscrapers in New York, Black and Latino participation in the Panama Canal Project.)

 
 
“History is two words, his and story.  If it were truly an accurate account of events as perceived, the one word would be ‘realstory’. In its biased provincial context, no country loses or starts a war. Instead conflicts are resolved or discontinued, battlefield retreats become strategic withdrawals, plagiarists become innovators, and prejudices are merely pre-existing social standards. Historians were once held in esteem although they were merely the capricious echoes of their sponsors.  After the demise or fall from grace of these benefactors, the ‘realstorians’ controversially chronicled the events. History’s vintage is determined by truth in aging vats for nothing is more inaccurate than the politically expedient depiction of current events.”  From the self-authored novel, “Pink Martinis, Sharecroppers, Peachtree Streets”

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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Twin Sunsets

The Sun set twice additionally this summer when two cherished friends transitioned to the ultimate plane. Octogenarian Jesus, the patron of the family in the house facing the cul-de-sac containing my atelier in Baja California spoke no English and six years old Mr. Lucky, a neighbor’s large shepherd dog could not speak at all. Yet I could understand every word they spoke and each sentiment expressed. These friends communicated with their hearts and deeds wherein a handshake, an embrace, a soothing touch, a protective stare, or a gentle nuzzle transmitted depths of understanding and camaraderie that were felt beyond the artificial boundaries of language. My days were enriched whenever I experienced their serendipitous blessings.

 

Friendship

Unequivocally presented sans embellishment, always there

Never bartered quid pro quo, forever fair

A melding of inner sancta not forsaken, received not taken

Bond possibly strained, impossibly broken

Forever sought, never bought

On this winding path life passes through

I am blessed to have found you

 

R e Hill Aug 2009, Baja BC MX
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Twin Sunsets

The Sun set twice additionally this summer when two cherished friends transitioned to the ultimate plane. Octogenarian Jesus, the patron of the family in the house facing the cul-de-sac containing my atelier in Baja California spoke no English and six years old Mr. Lucky, a neighbor’s large shepherd dog could not speak at all. Yet I could understand every word they spoke and each sentiment expressed. These friends communicated with their hearts and deeds wherein a handshake, an embrace, a soothing touch, a protective stare, or a gentle nuzzle transmitted depths of understanding and camaraderie that were felt beyond the artificial boundaries of language. My days were enriched whenever I experienced their serendipitous blessings.

 

Friendship

Unequivocally presented sans embellishment, always there

Never bartered quid pro quo, forever fair

A melding of inner sancta not forsaken, received not taken

Bond possibly strained, impossibly broken

Forever sought, never bought

On this winding path life passes through

I am blessed to have found you

 

R e Hill Aug 2009, Baja BC MX
11:45 am pdt          Comments

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THANKS for the visit .... CLICK logo on the left for a parting message

 

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