LIFE WITHOUT BLACK PEOPLE
A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white
people who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together
and wished themselves away. They passed through a deep dark tunnel and
emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" />America without
At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they
said, "No more crime, drugs, violence and welfare. All of the blacks
Then suddenly, reality set in. The "NEW AMERICA" is not America at all
? only a barren land.
1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was
built on a slave-supported system.
2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a
black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great
difficulty reaching higher floors.
3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man,
invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented
the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A.
Morgan, a black man, invented the traffic signals.
4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its
procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black
man, Albert R. Robinson.
5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system
could operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African
American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper.
6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John
Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the
fountain pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine and W.
A. Love invented the Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you
guessed it, Black.
7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books,
they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry
invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys
invented the Hand Stamp and Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.
8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the
Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the Lawn Mower.
9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly
ventilated and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air
Conditioner and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace. Their homes were also
dim. But of course, Lewis Later invented the Electric Lamp, Michael
Harvey invented the lantern and Granville T. Woods invented the
Automatic Cut off Switch. Their homes were also filthy because Thomas
W. Steward invented the Mop and Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.
10. Their children met them at the door-barefooted, shabby, motley and
unkempt. But what could one expect? Jan E. Matzelinger invented the
Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons invented the Comb, Sarah Boone
invented the Ironing Board and George T. Samon invented the Clothes
11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of
this turmoil. But here again, the food had spoiled because another
Black Man, John Standard invented the refrigerator.
Now, isn't that something? What would this country be like without the
contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans?
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "by the time we leave for work, Americans
have depended on the inventions from the minds of Blacks." Black
history includes more than just slavery, Frederick Douglass, Martin
Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Dubois.
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