EUROPEANS TAUGHT FOR CENTURIES that Africa had no written history, literature or philosophy (claiming Egypt was other than African). When roughly 1 MILLION manuscripts were found in Timbuktu/Mali covering , according to Reuters “all the fields of human knowledge: law, the sciences, medicine,” IT DID NOT MAKE MAINSTREAM NEWS as did the lies taught by Europeans concerning Africa
Someone asked me to somehow “verify” that this story is real.
Of course it’s real! The PROBLEM with the coverage regarding these manuscripts is that they’re constantly portrayed as being in “danger” because many of them are still in the possession of Malian descendants. About 700,000 have been cataloged so far, and they have had to be moved in part because apparently extremist groups have tried to firebomb them. Many others are still in the possession of the families they have been passed down in.
Many of these collected manuscripts are being housed in exile, but mold and humidity have been a constant threat. They have been raising funds to try and preserve these manuscripts-you can read more about the project to house and protect them here.
A bit of the history of these manuscripts from National Geographic:
These sacred manuscripts covered an array of subjects: astronomy, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, judicial law, government, and Islamic conflict resolution. Islamic study during this period of human history, when the intellectual evolution had stalled in the rest of Europe was growing, evolving, and breaking new ground in the fields of science, mathematics, astronomy, law, and philosophy within the Muslim world.
By the 1300s the “Ambassadors of Peace” centered around the University of Timbuktu created roving scholastic campuses and religious schools of learning that traveled between the cities of Timbuktu, Gao, and Djénné, helping to serve as a model of peaceful governance throughout an often conflict-riddled tribal region.
At its peak, over 25,000 students attended the University of Timbuktu.
By the beginning of the 1600s with the Moroccan invasions from the north, however, the scholars of Timbuktu began to slowly drift away and study elsewhere. As a result, the city’s sacred manuscripts began to fall into disrepair. While Islamic teachings there continued for another 300 years, the biggest decline in scholastic study occurred with the French colonization of present-day Mali in the late 1890s.
So yeah, basically the story of this collection’s source more or less ends with “…but unfortunately, colonialism”, as do most of the great cities of Africa, the Americas, and some parts of Asia.
Also, as an additional consideration:
With the pressures of poverty, a series of droughts, and a tribal Tureg rebellion in Mali that lasted over ten years, the manuscripts continue to disappear into the black market, where they are illegally sold to private and university collections in Europe and the United States.
Notice where the blame is placed here via language use: on the people in poverty forced to sell their treasures, as opposed to the Universities in Europe and the U.S. buying them.
It’s really just another face of Neocolonialism.
But why would you even ask a Black historian to do this, though?
oh thats how they find tokens
yo they were really tryna find someone to coon for them huh?
such a revealing moment.
on some level they’re aware that blackface is indefensible, & don’t want to get blasted for defending it….BUT they still want to defend it! such a dilemma. what to do? (obviously, “responsible journalism” is right out.)
CNN’s Guide to Defending Racism via “My Black
FriendExpert Said It Was OK” Defense:
- goal: dismantle criticism of racism.
- secondary goal: do so without appearing to defend racism.
- solution: find a black person willing to act as mouthpiece for white supremacy. that way, if anyone still gets upset about all the racism, you can say that it’s okay because Your Official Black Friend said so. well done, conveniently rerouting ire against racism so that the blame goes to folks of color, and not white supremacy!
- first, comb the entire country looking for one black person willing to defend blackface.
- it doesn’t matter that a few minutes’ research into this person’s history suggests that they would never do that.
- black people are basically interchangeable, and c’mon it’s not like you actually give a shit what they think!
- (if you did, you would pay attention to the millions of black folks & their allies telling you that blackface is unacceptable.)
- (but again: you don’t care about black folks’ thoughts or criticism or pain. you don’t give a shit about honest intellectual engagement with them.)
- so start sending mass emails to every black person whose contact info you can find
- who cares if the vast majority would never ever sign off on that shit? if you cast the net wide enough, I’m sure you can find ONE black person willing to defend blackface - and remember, you only need one!
- because most people don’t want to understand racism and white supremacy as social institutions, as systems of power
- so as long as you can use a black person as a mouthpiece for white supremacy & racism
- you can dodge criticism of those things
- because Your Black Friend said it was okay and that nullifies everything else on the goddamned planet.
Sapelo Island, Georgia — It’s a culture struggling to survive. Fewer than 50 people — all descendants of slaves — fear they may soon be taxed out of the property their families have owned since the days of slavery.
They are the Gullah-Geechee people of Sapelo Island off Georgia’s coast, near Savannah. This small, simple community is finding itself embroiled in a feud with local officials over a sudden, huge increase in property assessments that are raising property taxes as much as 600% for some.
Many say the increase could force them to sell their ancestral properties. “Sapelo being the only intact Gullah-Geechee community in the country that’s left, that is a part of history. It will be a shame not to preserve””That’s part of the American history. That’s part of what built this country,” said Charles Hall, 79, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who was born under a midwife’s care in the same home he lives in today.
McIntosh County’s decision to reappraise homes on the island sparked the problem.
Sometimes cultural icons are known for their contributions to a culture, but the individual behind the talent gets lost in the sauce. Having designed a lot of rap groups’ early logos, Eric Haze is one of these individuals whose work you see daily, but whose face and name you may not be familiar with. Ironic, especially since he never “fell off” and has put out a steady body of work since the early 1980s, and he’s still out here designing and collaborating and innovating after many years. Then again, when you designed timeless pieces like the EPMD and Beastie Boys logos—not to mention Tommy Boy Records and Tone Loc’s—you are your own inspiration.
Lupe Fiasco Elaborates On Comment That “97 Percent Of Hip Hop Is Terrible”
Last week, Lupe Fiasco made comments that “97 percent of Hip Hop is terrible,” explaining that the substance of mainstream music isn’t of quality. During an interview with “Windy City Live” (via FSD), the Chicago, Illinois native elaborated on his comments, stating that the culture is technically at a high point but the messages in the music are subpar.
“I think the substance of it. I think technically, it’s great. The music is as well-produced as it’s ever been, videos are as polished, the chains are as clean, the models are as beautiful as they’ve ever been… But then you get into the substance of the records. The majority of commercial Hip Hop – most of what everybody sees is commercial Hip Hop – is lacking substance. Terribly.”
The outspoken rapper explained what it would take for Hip Hop to get back to a good place. He said that there are few artists who are willing to address the problems in Hip Hop but the problems have become the norm. …
Wayne Roberts, better known as Stay High 149, passed today at the age of 61. Most will remember him as the NYC graffiti pioneer who dotted the city with his Smoker glyph, now as iconic as the Yankees’ logo. Wayne was a close friend of the Frank family, regularly dropping by the office to make a few jokes or work on a canvas.
Even with his declining health, Wayne was in high spirits—a resilient presence who never lost his love for art in all its forms. A true legend, The Voice of the Ghetto speaks on.
Remembering Gil Noble
Gil Noble was the Emmy Award-winning producer and host of the public affairs program Like It Is.
As a journalist and television producer, Gil Noble worked to dispel the negative images of African Americans in media. The notable host of the long-running public-affairs program Like It Isalso pushed for clear ethics and objectivity in journalism.—TheRoot.com
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