After reading a post about made here about native indians being african (or african influenced), I wanted to share this with you all: Robbing Native American Cultures: Van Sertima's Afrocentricity and the Olmecs. http://www.unl.edu/rhames/courses/current/vansertima.pdf The closing statement reads as follows: "For the most part, the Afrocentrists and other cultural nationalist have heartly endorsed Van Sertima's thesis despite its obvious weaknesses in methodology and evidence. Althought they have called for an Afrocentric history that is accurate and well-intentioned, they seem to be more concerned with the need to raise the "self-esteem" of African-Americans, regardless of the impact on other groups. By endorsing Van Sertima's writtings, the Afrocentrists and cultural nationalists have accepted a hegemonic and racialist view of pre-Columbian America that is completely lacking in historical accuracy. They have also accepted a theory and a methodological approach that grossly distort the historical record at the expense of Native Americans. Despite vehement protestations to the contrary, Van Sertima has, in effect, trampled on the self-respect or self-esteem of Native Americans by minimizing ther role as actors in their own history, denigrating their cultures and usurping their contributions to the development of world civilizations."