A Legacy of Black Intelligence pt. 3: On the So-Called “African-American”
Harmonics: “On My Way” off the Reflection Eternal LP…
The following is a transcription from part of the “Recommended Scrolls” presentation El & I gave last November.
“So my conclusion that I came to was Moorish Heritage, or essentially, medieval Black History outside the continent of Africa. Basically the claim is (the very factual supported, historically logical claim is) that the majority of African -Americans in the U.S. today are in actuality NATIVE AMERICANS. Black people have an ancient connection to this land mass, and so if you think about it, the term ‘African’ is really a misnomer, because we’re a World People’s with origination all over the planet.
The best work I’ve come across to really build on this is the book They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima, which really goes in depth about all the archeological and cultural evidence involved.
So that was my focus at the time… if you think about it, it’s really deep: the implications for this are major, and therefore (to me at least) the subject deserves major consideration. The idea that we were already here, and that European imperialism took this land from us, and then systematically removed that knowledge from society and severely distorted any historical information pertaining to the fact, is deep.
I met a lot of activist at the time who did work relating to the legal status of so-called ‘Black’ people as well.
Their basic idea was that since Black people still identified themselves with titles derived from slavery or subsequent to slavery (Black, Negro, Colored, African-American, etc.) as opposed to titles that connected them to their ancient forefathers (i.e: a real nationality), that they were still classified as slaves in law and that some legal work needed to be done to clear that up, so that they could “stand on their square” and “return to the family of nations.”
Now I’m the last person to come to for legal advice, and the last thing I want to do is stand up here and command anybody as far as what they want to call themselves. But in my opinion, anybody who’s serious about understanding history – particularly black history – would give the subject serious consideration…
So there you have it. Here’s some more information…
“A man from Germany is German, a man from Japan is Japanese and a man from Saudi Arabia is Saudi Arabian…so what’s Black? What’s Negro? What’s Colored?
What’s African-American? Those are two continents…Africa has 53 nations and America a few over 30, so what nationality does that represent???”
~ Bro. Brian Truesdale El (Homeboy who put me on to this)
>> They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
>> Othello’s Children in the New World by Jose Pimienta-Bey
>> Red & Black: Stories of Afro-Native Identity (video)
>> Recommended Reading (Scrolls for Mind-Elevation)
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p.p.s: Our great teacher and elder Ivan Van Sertima transitioned in May of 2009. Much respects due…