In 1929, Carter G. Woodson established Black/African History Month to celebrate the fathomless contributions Africans/Blacks have made throughout civilization (chemistry, medicine, physics, astronomy, architecture, mathematics, engineering, literature, religion, democracy, philosophy, etc.) globally. Dr. Woodson chose the month of February to celebrate Black/African history in order to honor two of the most prolific and powerful Black Warrior Scholars of his time – Frederick Douglass (February 1818) and William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 1868). Nearly a millennium later, thanks to racism, an overwhelming majority of Americans still know very little about African history, Black history, American history, European history, and/or world history. Rather than promulgating Black history, which predates the establishment of the USA by 11,776 years, Black History is commodified into 30 to 60-second sound-bites profiling popular Black celebrities. Thus, Black/African history remains a mystery from preschool through grad school and across society.
Not only does racism distort and deny more than 11,000 years of Black/African civilization, it also distorts and denies the history of Caucasians as well. During the 4th century CE (current era) numerous barbarian tribes (Angles, Franks, Gauls, Lombards, Ostrogoths, Rus, Saxons, Vandals, Visigoths, etc.) from the north began terrorizing southern Eurasia. After destroying the Holy Roman Empire, these tribes eventually settled in the regions now known as northern and western Eurasia – present day Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, England, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, etc. During the so-called Dark Ages, centuries of poverty, crime, ignorance, and disease plagued European culture. By the end of the 15th century, Europe’s prisons were bursting with criminals. After the Crusades and the Renaissance catapulted Europe into the “New World,” hundreds of thousands of these European convicts were shipped to the newly-invaded shores of the Western Hemisphere.
Once in “the New World” these felons embarked upon countless campaigns of genocide against the indigenous populations, as well as the kidnapping of Africans/Blacks from continental Africa for Europe’s newly established economic system of enslavement capitalism. When the American Revolution ended Britain’s control over its 13 colonies, Britain was no longer allowed to ship its staggering overflow of criminals to the United States. As a result, Australia was colonized to dump Britain’s prisoners. This new colony of criminals initiated a savage campaign of genocide against the Aborigines (Blacks) of Australia, similar to the genocidal campaigns of annihilation carried out against indigenous populations of the Western Hemisphere.
Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, England colonized and used North America to relocate its surplus of inmates. Ireland colonized Jamaica to deposit its growing prison population. In the 19th century, France colonized the country of Guiana/Guyana to unload its excess criminal populations, establishing the infamous Devil’s Island Prison Colony. By the end of the 19th century, more than half a billion convicts had been sentenced and shipped to North America rather than being further incarcerated and/or executed in Europe.
Eventually, many Caucasians would proudly boast of how their families arrived upon the shores of America with “nothing,” yet achieved wealth. However, this common fable overlooks the fact that every immigrant Caucasian arrived to the Western Hemisphere with the full blessings and support of white supremacy and racism. Both guaranteed Europe’s outright theft of the Western Hemisphere. Both protected the economic system of enslavement capitalism, upon which many personal, private, and corporate fortunes were built. Ever vigilant to protect & serve, racism continues to secure Caucasians an array of privileges only white supremacy can offer.
Manifest Destiny gave freedom and liberty to Caucasians while practicing genocide against others: America’s Homestead Act stole land from the Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere in order to “give” it to European immigrants/settlers; Caucasian immigrants/settlers were paid by the United States government to scalp and slaughter as many indigenous men, women, and children as possible; White-only immigration policies granted automatic citizenship to Caucasians; New Deal programs (1935-1960) provided welfare assistance to Caucasians only; Whites were provided with free education while non-Whites were denied access to education. Evidently, no European in the Western Hemisphere has “made it on their own.” Whether denied, acknowledged, appreciated or begrudged, white supremacy, ethnocentrism, and racism are the clandestine guardian angels of Caucasians.
Racism allows one to question the necessity of Black History Month, yet celebrate President’s Day every February, Independence Day every July, and Thanksgiving every November without questioning America’s ruthless history any month. Racism continues to target and terrorize non-White communities without consequence. It enables government officials to infect (Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments/1932-1972) and poison (Flint, Michigan/2016) Black communities at will. Racism formulates the urban blueprints designed to manifest the destiny of gentrification across the USA. White supremacy and racism are the unspoken commandments that radicalize America’s oldest gangs of Christian terrorist, extremists, and fanatics – the Ku Klux Klan. Racism enables White America to villainize all non-Caucasian immigrants while completely ignoring America’s history of admitting countless Caucasian immigrants with criminal records, easily making Trump America’s perfect presidential Klan-didate. Whether we recognize or deny racism, it does a phenomenal job of destroying history by exonerating the psychopathy of racism with effortless hypocrisy and unrelenting denial. Whether people acknowledge African history, Black history, American history, European history, and/or world history … history will free humanity from the clutches of racism and the illusion of white supremacy, which is why Dr. Carter G. Woodson established Black History Month.