America is a special place, but she needs to teach her true history. America needs to teach that the Irish were the first slaves in the British North American Colonies that became America. America need to teach that the struggle and sacrifice of those first slaves, indentured servants, convicts and settlers, created this land. This is a land where no one is better than any one else. We all came here in the bottom of boats, some of us in chains. America needs to teach about the men who arrived in these lands 10,000 years ago, crossing over from Asia. America needs to teach about the Nubians and Moors, now called Africans, who were here before Columbus. America needs to teach about the accomplishments and struggles of the peoples in the hills, mountain and coal mining towns of Appalachia, still struggling for a better place in the sun. The past does not determine or predict the future, but it does give some knowledge about who we are as a people, and what are some of our strengths and weakness. The second wave of immigrants coming to the new world through Ellis Island do not define us, although they write our history books and control our education and health care systems. We the people have been the people for over 400 years. We are the forgotten, we are the angry, we are the forgotten America. It is time to tell our story, and thank us for providing a place where the world seeks to come. It is however, time to focus on the “other” American.

America is a special place; it is the greatest recycling nation in the world. In a little over 200 years, we have turned what the world, at one time, considered unwanted trash, into gold. In this land we have the sons and daughters of black slaves, white slaves, black indentured servants, white indentured servants, convicts and settlers; the oppressed and the oppressors have become doctors, lawyers, bankers, teachers, college professors, presidents, senators and governors. People, who were bitter enemies in far away lands, live, work and play, peaceably in one nation. Many, black and white, dragged here in chains to be a labor force for King George 111, of England, who needed the goods and services from the colonies, descendants have become captains of industry.

The British North American colonies were considered a punishment for most people coming here. Few came for the romantic reason of freedom of religion, fewer even came as settlers, looking to start a new life. Ellis Island research data suggested that 75% of all people coming out of Europe, to the colonies were not free. Boat – loads of convicts were shipped over to the new world to help relieve the poverty and the violence, which covered most of Europe.

The demand for goods and services became so great that it was necessary for England to negotiate with the more populated countries of the world for a labor force. Africa and Asia, had consistently held the record of high birth rates, so when there was a need for people, that is where the European powers went.

Africa is the cradle of civilization, and to suggest, as our history books tend to do, that Europe was able to conquer a continents, and kidnap its people, and drag them to a new world, would not seem possible, but that is what millions of school children are taught. Research suggests that through the use of religion, anthropology, money and the control of information, England, and later America have played the greatest con job in the world on the minds of millions of peoples.

Anthropologist went in and studied the behaviors of the African peoples, and finding weakness, sent in missionaries to work the field. The capitalist world, negotiated with significant tribal leaders, and a deal was cut to provide an able-bodied labor force for the new world. North Africa also became part of this human transport system, reaching into sub-Saharan Africa, for its rich source of human capital.

Chinua Achube[1] the African scholar writes in his series of books about Africa, a detailed description of how the European was able to get into the continent, and appear to have power and control of some areas. In his book, Things Fall Apart, he writes beautifully and movingly about some of the problems the African communities were experiencing. Anthropologist moved in and determined that some women were unhappy with some traditional customs. Specifically the custom of men deciding on life and death decisions effecting newborn infants. Women in Africa were unhappy with the traditions of powerlessness and submission required in many areas, and in most societies around the world. Christianity addresses this unhappiness, and provides an entrance into the lives and culture of oppressed peoples and gives them forms of release.

Without systems in place of oppression and injustice towards the weak, it would not have been possible for the minority to conquer the majority Achebe discusses, the class system, and how the poor were treated. Missionaries brought salvation and Christianity to the poor and oppressed, and little by little gain a strong hold into communities. Christianity became the most powerful military tool in the world bring down billions of people, sometimes with blood shed, but most of the time through the emotional nurturing so beneficial to the oppressed masses.

Christianity made it possible for Constantine, the Roman Emperor, to control the known world through the use of this powerful tool. England became Great Britain through the divine destiny of the Holy Scripture, and made it possible to transport million from one part of the world to another without firing a single shot. Children of Ham were prepared and cratered off to fulfill the decree in the Old Testament that the sons of Cannon would serve the chosen of Europe.

History tends to avoid the accomplishments of Egypt or China, and even the devastating plaques of Europe and focuses instead on the divine right of Europe to control the world. Christianity was especially effective during the period of slavery in the colonies, special efforts were made to convert all slaves. It was believed that with Christianity, it would be easier to control the slaves. Christianity is the significant factor in the length and of slavery in the new world.

Christianity separates the secular world from the sacred world. Slaves were taught that, the secular world belonged to the white man, and the sacred world belonged to those who served in submission and obedience. They sang songs such as “ You take the whole world but give me Jesus” they believed that they would enter their world upon death, and would receive all of their rewards for being faithful. Contrary to the belief that slaves were not permitted to read, they were encouraged to read the Bible and the sacred word of God. They read it, they believed it, and that settled it for many. Potential leaders among slaves were quickly selected and trained to be ministers. This was especially true of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the South Carolina and Florida Plantations.[2] This is also the same system used on some poor peoples in this country, and in some Latin American countries, where the Catholic Church is the dominant religion.

The protestant church kept slavery and low expectation on an even footing in the British North American Colonies, and what was to become the United States of America. It was the invention of the Black Church, which provide and avenue to free the mental abilities, and true spirituality of a people who were conditioned to believe that God considered them second-class citizens, and to please God, they should be obedient and patient.

Black churches preached a different theology, unknown to white churches and totally ignored, they sang loud and call out the name of Jesus so often that white society believed them to be no threat. Black churches were free to become, not only religious centers, but also university centers where individuals learned the skills necessary for them to be successful in a competing society. Behind the Jesus doors, transformation was taking place in the lives of oppressed peoples. Black theology and liberation theology were the coded curriculum guides for bring man out of the cave prisons of the mind. The America educational system stratifies its students and track them into prescribed paths set down for them through racism. The Black church de-stratified the African American student by teaching him that the past does not predict the future, and it was the Father’s good pleasure to give each of them the kingdom, and no man had any right to write on their life slate what they could be. The educational system brainwashed teachers into expecting low expectation from students of color, the Black Church said, be your best, God’s got Her eye on you.

What the schools failed to teach the children, the church would fill in the gaps. The Black Church used the King James English Bible written in the form and style of Shakespeare, as a text- book and taught the rules of grammar, history and public speaking, which enabled many young men and women to become successful in the outer world. The men who would under different circumstances, have been selected as college professors, became pastors of churches, and used their professorial style to decode the meaning of the Bible, its allegories and parables, as a guide for understanding the complexities of life.

Racism in the colonies and America, although intended for evil, provided a safety net for many African Americans. They were excluded from many of the activities of the outer society, and as results avoided the negative effects of those activities. It also provide an opportunity and incentive to develop different and inventive paths to success, and required that African Americans bring their “A” game when applying for employment or educational opportunities. Other religious groups began to adopt the religious and academic support services started by the Black church, and as a results, many foreigner students are able to compete in a society, which was unfamiliar to them.

During the periods after slavery, more young people were in school and in college than in prison. It is safe to say that many of our young people are diverted from the college classroom, to the prison classroom. Many complete their education at the expense of a planned penal system. If we can get two million young men in college, we would have continued on our assignment of being the hands of God in this new land.

The African was sent over here because of his special gifts and skills. It was those gifts and skills, which made it possible for America to be. The African is the heart and soul of America, and every original American has the blood of three continents running through their veins. The American is African, European and Native American (Asian). The European would still be fighting each other if it were not for the presence of the African. The Native American would still be living on the plains, if it were not for the presence of the African. Africa made the America look at herself and decide who and what she wanted to be as a society. Thousand of young men gave their lives, bring this nation into existence, and it was the African indentured servant and the white indentured servant, fighting together, in what was called the Bacon rebellion, which caused the King of England to eventually lose control of the colonies.

It was again the African, the symbol of injustice, in a society, which called itself just, which caused America to face the cancer in her heart. The operation was costly, 650,000 men died, to define this nation. Today, nations of the world look at our hard fought struggle, and us and use our history and our strength to encourage them to make significant changes in their identity as a people. The 1.5 billion people of China are copying us, as it seeks to become the largest capitalist country in the world. We are better than we think we are, and we have so much more to do. God has sent the people of the world here to America to make His kingdom on earth. The solution to the educational crisis’s in America is in the history and success of the Black Church, but first, the church has to find its way back to becoming the center educational, moral and spiritual force in people’s lives, as the Black church lost her way, so did America.

The question becomes how as it possible for a select people to bring such profound changes in a nation and profound changes on the African American group. In order to answer this question it is important to look at the people selected to come to the British North American Colonies. History books provide a romantic view of people leaving Europe to find a place where they could have religious freedom and a place where they could some transformational effect on their lives.

The British North American colonies were owned and operated by England, and as such were subject to the same laws and conditions of any individual under the British crown. England decided who would come to the new colonies, and she also decided, which church or religious services they would engage in. The colonies were an extension of Great Britain, not the development of a free and new society. Assignment to the colonies was not considered a pleasurable experience, and those who were assigned and transported, were expect to work or participate in some kind of service or punishment.

The colonies were a new world with dangerous challenges, and the cream of British society, were not encouraged to take of the experience in a new world. Governors were appointed to supervise the operation of the distance land for the Home office in England. Those who were considered the peasants and the lower classes were, usually Irish men held in little respect by England. Those individuals deemed to be undesirable and criminal class, were shipped off to the colonies. The Church also shipped over women who may have had questionable character in the eyes of the church were also sent over as punishment. Young boys and men were often kidnapped from the streets of poverty and places in boats and shipped to the colonies. As results of all this punishment, kidnapping, and assignments, the colonies, especially in the northern areas, had acquired a large servant, and indentured class to serve the privileged in the new colonies.

[1] Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe (born 16 November 1930) Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. Best known for his first novel and magnum opus, Things Fall Apart (1958), the most widely read book in modern African literature.

 

[2] The Brevard Plantation in Camden South Carolina and Gainesville Florida sent selected slaves to the Methodist conference for training. Jacob DeBose born 1789 and his son Rev. Alexander DeBose born 1832 were part of that training. DeBose is the family name of the writer.

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