The Black History Month, The Real Story

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The Black History Month has become a tricky business. People are divided whether it is needed to have such a month in the first place. Carter G  Woodson, must have had a good intention. By having a glance at his life we will find the direct link to slavery. So close that his father helped the Union during the civil war in 1861. Woodson is often deemed as the father of Black History Month.


We at Internchange analytically reviewed the concept came to the conclusion that many of us tend to neglect the opportunity. If their is designated month or two throughout year for that type of history then let us capture minds that will extend this History. Let us plant seeds and inject truth to the whole concept. What took place before the enslavement of nations ? What makes someone superior? Is Islam encouraging slavery?. Questions irrespectively of the answer that must be answered.

“The Black History Month The real Story” is a vital supplement for History. Black History did not commence with Martin Luther King or the Apartheid in South Africa. And it is certainly not about Beyoncé or Danzel Washington. Black History is not limited to a continent or skin colour. It is world History everyone is affected or linked to it directly or Indirectly.

The Black History campaign itself already alienates half of the globe by the connotation that black people produce in peoples mind. Statements like ” This must be only for black people” or ” Well that’s what my ancestors engaged in,so I’ll distant myself altogether away from the topic”.

Woodson spent his whole life-preserving the History of African-American and tried to impact people,which he succeeded. However we think the reason it’s loosing value because only half of truth is being told. Most of  western countries were involved in slave trade. And the beginnings of slave trade are never really discussed. Is almost like a matrix that has been created not to think beyond a point in history.

The history that is presented is not  profound enough during the black history month. The chronology distorted and misleading. In different terms Woodson himself lost the connection to his ancestors by the time he thought about this positive alternative.Critics start to understand that this initiative start to widen the gaps between the black community and the rest of the society. The lack of connection is what makes the relevance fade away. The premises of the idea  itself are to feeble to withstand the valued arguments raised. We wanted to know where,when, how, why millions upon millions Africans were transported to the America against their will.

What we found was the missing link, and the reason the history is kept silent at a certain point. In 1452 Pope Nicholas V released an outrageous document that shaped 500 years of slavery. In the Dum Diversas a papal (fatwa) issued by Nicholas V  the permission to enslave Africans was decreed. King Alfonso V of Portugal sought several times the papal to attack Africans countries to justify the enslavement of human. It authorized Alfonso of Portugal to conquer Saracens and pagans and consign them to “perpetual servitude” This is an extract of the papal.

“We grant you [Kings of Spain and Portugal] by these present documents, with our Apostolic Authority, full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate the Saracens and pagans and any other unbelievers and enemies of Christ wherever they may be, as well as their kingdoms, duchies, counties, principalities, and other property […] and to reduce their persons into perpetual servitude”

Saracen a different term for “Muslim” was used in Europe during the medieval. Historian and scholars agree that the papal was not only important Portuguese expansion in west Africa but also the direct attack against the Muslim trans-Saharan trade and commerce.

During the Atlantic slave trade only 5 % of the slave went to the North America which still represents a huge number. Overall 30% of the slaves were Muslim. Not really shocking for the one who start connecting the dots.

Upon this re-discovery we knew that there was more to the 30% of Muslims.On our journey we met with greatness so great that it seemed to be unrealistic.Indeed years of confusion and false concepts of Africa and Islam were propagated. Knowing the truth made it easy for us understand why we were engaged in a water downed version of history.

The encouragement to celebrate people’s achievements because of their skin colour is the very thing that brought so much destruction into people’s life.This white washed version of history does not sit well with us. Especially the narrative of the great leaders emerged throughout the struggle. The handpicked leaders such as Frederick Douglas, Mandela and Obama were a spec of what really took place. We have many heroes but nobody is taking accountable for the crime and atrocities.

Students and the public are already lacking on history in general,to absorb over 300 years complex history in one month  is beyond imaginable.

The British government had a cut on spending on the Black History month since 2009. The mayor Boris was heavily criticized for it. The public is ignorant to what the imperial powers really engage in. We are planning to educate people about this atrocities that caused the disconnection of millions of people with their purpose of life.

However the main aim of the campaign is really to go back to scratch one and start realize how much greatness is in Islamic History In Africa. So join us on this unforgettable journey.

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