From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Black History Is World History
As we celebrate Black History Month let us be open minded enough to realize we have the power and duty to expand the celebration of ourselves and our legacy to three hundred and sixty-five days a year! Why should we limit ourselves to focusing on our rich traditions and awesome contributions to human history during the shortest month of the year? Yes, I know Carter G. Woodson chose February to celebrate Negro History Week in honor of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln but human culture, learning and growth are not static; nothing says we cannot expand our consciousness and our knowledge base of ourselves.
Black history is in fact world history as our great researchers and scholars like Drusilla Dunjee Houston, W.E.B. Dubois, Ivan Van Sertima, Cheikh Anta Diop, Wayne B. Chandler. O.K. Owusu and Runoko Rashidi have abundantly and irrefutably proven. The fact is in the pre-literate ancient world most humans were extremely dark pigmented. Over time their physical stature and phenotype changed often due to mutation, isolation and inbreeding. The people Western anthropologists call Negritos or Pygmies, were the original inhabitants of vast swaths of Africa and subsequently dispersed across the planet within a wide climatic belt similar to their original homeland in the interior of Africa. They left Africa migrated into Asia and beyond. We find their descendants as far away as the Pacific in Australia, New Guinea the Phillipines, Hawaii, and Malaysia.
“There were three major waves of migration of quite different ancient people who came to the Australian continent from Southeast Asia. More than 40,000 years ago, when sea levels were much lower and Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania comprised one landmass, called Sahul, the first to arrive were a slightly-built people of pygmoid stature with dark skin and very frizzy hair. They were Negritos (named after the Spanish ‘little negro’), and they provided the initial population for the whole of this Greater Australia. About 20,000 years ago, a second type of people arrived from Asia. These newcomers, called Murrayians, were comparatively lightly skinned, wavy-haired, stocky in build, with a lot of body hair. They drove the Negritos before them until the latter retreated to the highlands of New Guinea, the rainforests of North Queensland and to then ice-capped Tasmania. The Murrayians became the dominant population on the east coast of Australia, and the open grasslands and parklands of the south and west of the continent. Then, about 15,000 years ago, a third wave of hunter-gatherers arrived. They were comparatively tall, straight-haired and dark skinned, with very little body hair. Named Carpentarians, they colonised northern and central Australia.” The extinction of the Australian pygmies Keith Windschuttle and Tim Gilli Quadran June 2002 http://www.sydneyline.com/Pygmies%20Extinction.htm
These ancient Black people created no lasting stone monuments along the Nile Valley but the Blacks who came after them revered them.”The achievements of the Nile Valley people stood on the foundation of thousands of years of observation of the stars, moon, sun and other natural phenomenon by interior Africans. From these early Africans in the interior we see one of the earliest known prototypes of the God-man called Bes, which predates Heru (Greek- Horus) and Ausar (Greek-Osiris) who in turn predate the biblical Jesus by thousands of years. The physical characteristics of Bes reflect the short stature of these early Africans who were ancestors of the modern day Twa peoples. In the papyrus of Hunefer the people of the Nile Valley were quite clear about their origins, ‘We came from the beginning of the Nile where the God Hapi dwells, at the foothills of the mountain of the Moon.’ There are two mountains whose names both mean ‘mountain of the moon’ – Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, whose river contributes to the Blue Nile, and Rwenzori Mountain in Uganda, which is the source of the White Nile. Civilization flowed down the river Nile, which starts from the White Nile and Blue Nile in Uganda and Ethiopia, flowing north to Egypt. The River Nile stretching for 4,000 miles was a huge cultural highway that facilitated the movement of people and natural resources and the exchange of information and goods.” Egypt in Africa by Tyehimba http://www.rastaspeaks.com/tyehimba/2005/1503.html
Western anthropologists also use the term Negrillo and it is often used interchangeably with the term Negrito to distinguish where they resided. “The following studies authenticates from whence the Negrito migrates and the authenticity of both Cheikh Diop‘s and Frances Wesling’s research of 40 years ago. According to the Associated Press, scientists from the University of Padua in Italy examined hereditary material in cells found that modern humans followed a migration wave from Africa to Asia thousands of years ago after an earlier exodus to the Mediterranean and Greece. Blood samples of people from east Africa and India showed close genetic similarities indicating a common African ancestor. The Italian study was reported in the December 1998 issue of the Journal Nature Genetics…Negroid Pygmies migrated into Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and Thailand, Java, Sumatra, Malaya, Korea, Japan) followed by Australoid and Melanesian Negritos and Papuans. Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and most of the islands of the Pacific developed their own isolated cultures and native beliefs but were not affected by literate civilization until the arrival of sailing vessels in the 16th Century. Pygmies from Africa are referred to as ‘Negrillos.’ Pygmies who live in South East Asia, New Guinea and The Philippines are referred to as ‘Negritos.’” http://www.stewartsynopsis.com/Synopsis%206.htm
Our African ancestors populated the planet at a time when Caucasians didn’t even exist! When Caucasians finally emerged they were insignificant in the flow of human history except as invaders. Now Europeans, the Johnny Come Lately of humanity have distorted, colonized and monopolized historiography to the point they claim no one but them has contributed to human progress!? The truth is much of what they claim they’ve done they actually plagiarized and stole from Africans, Asians and other indigenous people, except for their incessant invasion, pillage and plunder!
We are in a monumental war for our psyches and truth. We are the ones responsible for decolonizing our minds and freeing ourselves from mental slavery. With the Internet there is no excuse for ignorance. In 1995 I met a brother named O.K. Owusu who had just created an astonishing, fully documented, fact based chart that showed every continent on the planet and tracked human development and progress on each land mass from prehistoric antiquity to the present. Origins: Timechart of World Civilizations A Holistic Worldview of Cultures and Civilizations is probably the best teaching tool I’ve see anywhere, even better than videos because this chart shows it from a global perspective. You can purchase this great educational product Online via Amazon.com.
I don’t know what happened to brother Owusu, his company Cultural Eye Productions was out of Baltimore Maryland. Do yourself a huge favor go onto Amazon and purchase this chart and see it for yourself before they go completely out of print. The ISBN number is: 0-9640908-0-5. Celebrate Black History everyday all year long!