“What’s history got to do with us Black millennials?”
Seriously? What’s history got to do with YOU?
LAWD have mercy.
When I read this piece written by Aaron (no last name found) for Black Youth Project, the first thing I thought of was one of Marcus Garvey’s most famous quotes:
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Questions like these are beyond indicative of just how wrecked African Americans are, because – unlike other ethnicities – we have been STRIPPED of the knowledge of our past history, origin, and our culture.
Why else would a snotty-nosed NEGROPEAN BRAT with ZERO PERSPECTIVE on or CONNECTION to the African’s history in America believe he had the RIGHT to even ask that kind of question?
Sure, the boy tried to clean it up some by saying “Black millennials need to know our history better than America does,” only to then turn around and all but negate his point by saying: “Rather than languishing in the past, we have to realize that we already have everything we need to enact real progress. We need not look too much further than ourselves, and figure out what we can do”.
It is exactly that kind of ignorant solipsism that makes me view Millennials with the same disdain others believe they (so) rightfully deserve.
Would this buffoon tell Asians nothing can be gleaned from the study of their history, and that since their Ancestors’ placement in internment camps is a part of that history, it’s to be completely disregarded?
Would he tell Native Americans their brutality should no longer be considered in the context of the entirety of their experiences in this country, because since that happened in the past, it’s no longer relevant?
WOULD THIS FOOL TELL JEWS THAT “LANGUISHING IN THE PAST” THAT WAS NAZI GERMANY IS AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY?
No, no, and HELL NO.
Yet, when discussing the collective African American Experience, of which he both confusingly associates himself with, and disassociates himself from, this boy claims the past is somehow incidental to the present, and that there’s nothing from OUR past that could help us shape our current or future narrative.
Aaron’s ignorance isn’t all on him, however. His parents and grandparents didn’t tell him about the story and struggle of Our Ancestors, the same way my parents and grandparents didn’t tell me.
As a result, most of what I know now is a direct result of being connected to Brothers and Sisters who were taught the story and struggle of Our Ancestors by their parents and grandparents.
So, a lot of what I SHOULD HAVE been taught in childhood wasn’t learned until I was in my 20s.
Sure, I knew about Malcolm X and Dr. King, and Rosa Parks, and it goes without saying I knew our Ancestors were once slaves, but outside of that, nobody told me much of anything.
When I grew up with some of the ignorant beliefs I had, spewing the SELF-HATRED and IGNORANCE I used to spew, it was because MY PARENTS – people who grew up during segregation, and KNEW FIRSTHAND what it felt like to have the law written to not be on your side – for whatever reason, didn’t seem to think it necessary to correct.
And a lot of the Unintentional Evil I put out into the Universe can be directly attributed to my IGNORANCE of Our history.
An ignorance I wouldn’t have had, if only the so-called adults in my space had accepted the RESPONSIBILITY and OBLIGATION they had to make sure I knew Our People’s history in this country.
Instead, they fell victim to the Glamour of Desegregation, and felt that since we could now sit at lunch counters, use the same public facilities, enter through the front door of any establishment, and go to school with the children of the people who either directly or indirectly supported OUR oppression, what my generation didn’t know wouldn’t hurt us.
Except it did: Lessons we didn’t learn as children became lessons we couldn’t teach, once we started having children of our own.
FEW THINGS IN LIFE ARE MORE DANGEROUS THAN THAT.
Imagine what our childhoods would have been like had we known about Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and his dedication and contribution to the study of African Americans, our history, and our TRUE place in the WORLD?
Imagine what our lives would have been like, had we known the WORLD’S FIRST UNIVERSITY was founded on the Continent of OUR ANCESTORS’ origin?
How much of a difference would that have made for us?
What works could we have done for Our People, if only we’d been taught our TRUE history?
Whenever I think about the way we’ve been (both intentionally and unintentionally) robbed of Our Knowledge of Self, I am beyond enraged.
So when I see Kool-Aid-Drinking morons like this having the unmitigated gall to attempt to trivialize the necessity of something they clearly don’t understand, I want to bash their skulls in.
And it’s not because Black Millennials don’t know any better; I know they don’t know.
I also understand it’s not their fault they don’t know.
The problem isn’t that Black Millennials don’t know.
The problem is – by their own admission – they know they don’t know, and they don’t seem to care.
As the Ancestors so eloquently stated: “Not to know is BAD. Not to wish to know is worse.”
So much worse.