- Oct 4, 2016
"Though"? Of course, and rightly so. History is about what your ancestors have done or what was done to them. It's always a matter of how we've gotten to where we are now. White Americans should know what there ancestors have done and black Americans should know what has been done to their ancestors. That seems especially important in America because there the idea of white sumpremacy, constructed to legitimize slavery, didn't fade out there with abolition. Because they enslaved you, you have become part of their history and the other way around. It would be a good thing if that was one and the same version of history.Thank you. It seems White people have an obsession with our history even though they created it when they enslaved us.
If you want history lessons to be relevant you have to take the self centric perspective and look at your own society. Do you really want the African perspective? It seems to me from the African perspective the transatlantic slavery wouldn't be very relevant, the rape of the continent happened mostly after slavery. You would learn a lot about all kinds of African civilizations, their wars and their slavery, and colonization, which learn you very little about the society you're in today. It would probably be more about the Arabic slavetrade, because it was bigger and went on for much longer than the European/American slavery (it's even questionable whether it has ended), it's 19 million black slaves for the muslims vs. 12 million black slaves for the christians. But the Arab slavetrade has had little impact on today's American society, nor has the African on African enslavement, or the enslavement of white Europeans by white Europeans, or by Arabs, Ottomans and Barbary pirates (North Africa), not to mention all slavery in Asia, precolombian slavery in the America's or today's slavery in Africa.
It's only the Atlantic slavetrade and American slavery that shaped your country and that's why it's history should be taught in your country and it's a good thing if white Americans are obsessed with it.