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    Default Why and how the African child is miseducated in

    By Hort, September 2007

    As African children head back to school to face another school year I would like to make
    an attempt to explain to our community and particularly to young parents why and how
    the African child has been systematically mis-educated in the western world during the
    last 500 years, so that they can better understand the root causes of some of the
    aberrations and self destructive forms of behaviour they see in our community and to help
    them realize that if they want a brighter future for their children and for our community,
    then it is imperative that they no longer leave the education of their children solely in the
    hands of the western educational system, but rather to follow the advice of Malcolm X
    who told us years ago that “the black child’s education starts when the school bells rings
    at 4 p.m in the afternoon.” (This may vary depending on what time school ends in your
    country) We didn’t follow his advice then and today our youth are suffering the
    consequences. The situation of African children around the planet has considerably
    deteriorated since the days of Malcolm X, so that we are now forced to follow the advice
    of Dr Asa Hilliard one of Africa’s great educators who died recently and left us these
    parting words. "The education of African people is an urgent necessity. It is a matter of
    life and death. We cannot abide another generation of children who have no identity and
    who are ignorant about Africa."

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    The late Professor Amos Wilson, another one of Africa’s foremost educators of the 20

    century, posed a crucial question that all African parents and our community need to ask.
    What is the purpose of an education?

    according to Dr. Wilson, they are seriously mistaken, because the purpose of an education is to
    improve and further the interests of one’s own group and to ensure its survival.

    Yet, when we study
    African civilization we can clearly see that it was well organised and group oriented and
    there is even an African proverb which states “it takes a whole village to raise a child.”

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    Our ancestors therefore never left the education of
    their children to chance because the cohesiveness of their society was of prime

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    When slavery and later colonization took place the vision that our ancestors had of
    educating and raising African children was taken out of their control and a new way was
    imposed on African people. Worse, this new system of education ran counter to the
    interests and needs of Africans. As a result, today, as Prof Wilson has again pointed out,
    African people have never had so many talented and educated economists, educators,
    sociologists, doctors, lawyers, artists, etc, yet we suffer the worst health, housing, and
    education on the planet because our education was never designed to promote our
    interests but rather the goals and the interests of our oppressors.

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    Furthermore, our people hold advanced degrees from some of the most prestigious Ivy
    League schools and universities and can solve any myriad of problems for other groups
    but since they have not received an African centred education when it comes to their own,
    all their knowledge is null and void. Sometimes the more educated they become, the
    more alienated they are from African culture and more of a menace to our group, because
    in their zeal to promote the interests of others they often end up doing harm to their own

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    If African leaders allow the West to take their
    wealth to feed Europeans and leave Africans to starve and face death, it is because they
    too have been taught to work against their own interests. For example, at the end of
    apartheid instead of putting reparations and land redistribution as a top priority for South
    Africa’s black victims, reconciliation with whites, the criminals, became the main goal.

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    This new manner of raising and educating black children however has always posed a
    problem in the western world. Once again, Dr. Wilson gives us an explanation. It is
    problematic he says, because African people were not brought to the West to be educated.
    They were brought to be the slaves and servants of the people who enslaved them, in
    other words, to work.

    the first question we asked the children was the reason for our people’s
    presence here in the West. None of them ever responded by saying that African people
    were here to work as servants for white people. In fact, most black people will answer
    this question by a vague “we were brought here as slaves
    .” Have you ever noticed that
    anything meant for African people is often vague? For example, “Jesus is coming back
    soon” or “we are going to reduce poverty in Africa” or “we want to help Africa” What
    date specifically is Jesus coming back? By what date exactly are they going to reduce
    poverty and by how much? or what specific area of activity are they planning to focus
    on? We don’t know. The language is vague because it’s not meant to be taken seriously
    and they know that our people will not demand anything more specific. In return, we are

    asked to blindly believe, watch and pray and hope for a better day. Also very, very vague.

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    Yet what black people actually do is very specific. We serve our white masters. In sports
    and in music all the owners are white and the players and singers are black. This
    imbalance exists even in countries where the majority of the population is black.

    example in the Caribbean most of the business and hotel owners as well as the tourists are
    white, while the workers are mostly black. In Africa, our people extract the diamonds and
    gold from the ground while Indians, Jews, Lebanese and Western businessmen sit in their
    offices all day and reap the benefits. This inability to understand the real reason for our
    presence in the West has led our community to the false assumption that we are here to
    ‘live in peace and harmony with whites.’ How many times have we heard black people
    say “they don’t see colour” yet when they move into a white neighbourhood, the whites
    move out, so obviously they do. If we are so mistaken about why we are here and our
    relationship with its inhabitants, is it any wonder that our children and our community are
    so confused and have so many problems in their daily lives?

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    In 1888, Ernest Renan, a racist French philosopher described Europe’s economic vision
    of our world when he said, “Nature has given us a race of workers, they are Chinese, a
    race to till the soil, they are Africans and a race of rulers and soldiers, they are
    Europeans”. This is exactly the world we live in today. Yet, this racially organized
    economic system has existed for the last 500 years but sadly African people are totally
    unaware of this fact because they are kept ignorant and uninformed the world over. It is
    also this racially segmented economic system which is responsible for the persistent
    poverty and underdevelopment in Africa and the other countries where our people reside,
    but because of our ignorance western propaganda has made us believe that it is because
    our leaders are incompetent and corrupt
    . We are meant to transfer our hatred to our
    leaders rather than to the racist economic system that Europeans have wilfully put in
    place to impoverish Africans. Luckily, the masses of poor people are passive if not there
    would be thousands of revolts every day, everywhere on this planet. To keep African
    people impoverished the West intentionally bypasses Africa and the ghettos where many
    of our people live and invest in the Asian countries. The reason Chinese investment in
    Africa today terrifies the West is because they fear it may actually help lift Africans out of
    poverty and thus threaten their racially segmented economic system. To punish the
    Chinese, the West has simply mounted a propaganda campaign accusing them of selling
    tainted products and of ignoring human rights in Africa, but when and where in Africa
    has the West ever respected human rights? In fact, most of the anti democratic leaders in

    Africa are still in power because of the West.

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    Corruption in Africa therefore is not the cause of poverty but a consequence of it. People
    in Africa are corrupt because they do not earn enough money to live decently and
    therefore must resort to illegal methods to make ends meet. In fact, where ever you see
    crime take a good look, you will usually find high unemployment and intolerable living
    conditions because it is a consequence and not the cause. Improve the living conditions
    and corruption and crime will quickly disappear. It’s a very simple equation but of course
    no one is interested in this option because the capitalist system, which is really the old
    Roman slave system under a different name, cannot survive without access to a large
    number of unpaid workers or people who are barely paid. Under globalization, its modern
    name, 80% of the world is still exploited by the 20% who still continue to own all the
    wealth. Changing the name periodically (feudalism, industrialisation, capitalism,
    socialism, communism and now globalisation) is simply a strategy that the West uses to
    make us, the ignorant masses believe that there is genuine change taking place in society.
    Now you understand why every country you visit and in every area of activity the owners
    and those who make money are always white or are close to white, while those who
    work, serve and are exploited are always black or close to it. This is what African parents
    must begin to understand so that they can explain to their children why African people
    are consistently at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder.

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    Now that we know that African people were brought to the West exclusively to work and
    serve whites, and not to “live in peace and harmony” with them, where did the rationale
    behind the education of black children come from? After Europeans had succeeded in
    making our ancestors almost as ignorant as the animals they said they were after years of
    chattel slavery, some of them began to realize that in order to further their commercial
    interests, it was better for the ‘negroes’ to have at least a minimal amount of education. A
    few continued to believe that “negroes should continue to be worked like beasts of
    burden and be kept in total ignorance,” however they finally agreed that it was in their
    best interest to educate our ancestors. In their original plans Europeans had had no
    intentions of educating African people. The education of the black child in the western
    educational system therefore was never designed to develop the individual personality or
    the intellect of African children and to help them reach their fullest potential. The
    decision to educate was strictly based on the economic requirements of the day which
    needed a number of educated Africans in order for the West to achieve its goals.

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    We would still be uneducated today if Europeans had not deemed it a necessary
    requirement. In fact, one of the reasons that African children are doing so badly in the
    educational system is precisely because their education continues to depend on the needs
    of the western economic system. If you listen to propaganda however you may easily
    believe it is because they are intellectually inferior and lazy. The stark reality is that the
    business world is linked to education and therefore whatever happens in the economic
    sphere will have an impact on education. The educational system works like a bottleneck
    to control the flow of students entering the workforce. So, if the economy is experiencing
    a boom, more students will graduate from college and university in order to enter the
    work force and if there is a recession, it will do the complete opposite. i.e. fewer students
    will graduate and thus fewer will enter the workforce.

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    If we accept that in the western system an individual’s importance depends on their
    financial worth, then it is clear why African children have become a liability rather than
    an asset and are underachieving in school. Knowing the kind of social disruption that able
    bodied, young men of working age unable to find a job can create in society, the West has
    decided to channel them into prisons as a solution in order to prevent the kind of revolts
    that occurred in the French suburbs 2 years ago. This is why ‘tolerance zero’ was
    introduced and why a 15 year old African American youth who stole a simple chocolate
    bar would receive a 15 year jail sentence from a US court.

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    After the Europeans had finally decided to educate African children, they had to deal with
    the problem of the content of their education. What were they to teach these ‘negroes?’
    All of the aberrations and self destructive behavioural patterns that we see in our
    community can be traced right back to this moment when Europeans had to make a
    decision about the kind of information they were going to transmit to African people.
    When African children entered the western school system for the first time, there was
    great fear among the slaveholders that if Africans were taught ‘the wrong’ information,
    (the truth) they would lose complete control over them especially since our ancestors
    numerically outnumbered whites in the new world at that time.( African people have
    since become the minority.)

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    To understand why Europeans were so afraid of the content of African education we must
    go further back into our past. Before they had even set foot in Africa, Europeans had
    heard about its glory and its extraordinary civilization. Philip of Macedonia, like the
    typical warmongering European megalomaniac, decided that as he was the most powerful
    person in the West he had to conquer Egypt, the most advanced African civilization at the
    time and own it for himself. Fortunately, he was killed while waging another one of his
    numerous wars. Unfortunately, his son Alexander, who only a twisted mind could call
    great, decided to fulfil his father’s dream and did eventually conquer Egypt. When
    Europeans entered Africa for the first time and saw the tremendous civilization our
    ancestors had methodically collected, stored and preserved from millennia they were
    mesmerized. They were overwhelmed by its organisation, its opulence, its style, its
    architecture, its creativity, its intelligence, in short, everything but most particularly, its
    tremendous wealth.

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