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The Depth of Black History-The Bias of Archeology

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Every historical reality about the Americas would fly out the window. It would require a whole new version of the impact Native migration over the Baring Straight and a whole new theory of human societal development in the Americas.

This is nothing new, however, and we resist the blackness of human history wherever it is discovered.

It took decades and DNA testing before archeologists finally conceded that Australian Aboriginals had traveled and settled in Brazil some 10,000 years before the traditional recognized Natives.

They had no such reservations, however, in admitting that the Vikings, Chinese and other white skinned people had visited or settled in the Americas centuries or even a millennial before Columbus. This is because all well-established theories of human development and advancement don't include or involve African contributions.

In the rare cases archeology does concede blackness it is always with an asterisk.

It concedes that the Seminole Nation of Florida was black, but this is only because runaway slaves made their way to there and intermarried. This is a plausible theory except for that it does not account for one fact- out of all the Native nations to choose from, what specifically attracted runaway slaves to the Seminole in the first place?

As descendants of the Olmec they were already black and easier to assimilate into, as well as very friendly and welcoming to new members of the nation.

The point here is that as you observe Black History Month consider the whole of the African contributions to the progression of humanity. It is doesn't begin and end with the experiences of Harriet Tubman or MLK. Africans helped shape and form societies and culture in deep and profound ways.

From the Moors to the ancient Egyptians the entire world is black and the deeper you dig into human history the more you come to realize that perhaps no other culture contributed more to the advancement of humans then Africans.

The time has arrived to come to terms with our rich African lineage that goes way beyond a brief, terrible moment in history that brought with it the slave trade. We need to embrace the fact that humanity didn't just originate in Africa and then simply move on.

Africa is the very birthplace of the roots of culture, science, literature and everything that we as humans cherish as our shared and valued heritage. We must work to modernize archology to the more accurate, racially balanced world view of the 21st century.

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