The Politics of Studying Dead White Men in Colleges and Universities

The sad truth is that not too many black men were in a position to heavily contribute to the shaping of our country. They were not because either they lived in Africa while it was going on, or if living here they were counted as slaves while it developed.

Until recently, regardless of where they lived, the African has rarely been involved in the worlds overall progress. If an African had invented they wheel, the college would teach it, that’s just good sense. Why they didn’t make a profound contribution while living in Africa is Africa’s problem, not ours. Regardless, those that did contribute, are acknowledged. Those who were involved in our countries development are duely noted. So what’s the problem?

Men and women who’s ancestors came from Africa are now taking advantage of the great American education. They are commonly working in managerial and administrative positions. They are taking on positions in our government, military and state politics. They are viewed on television, listened to on the radio, watched at sporting events and are succeeding in every category. They are making an impact, as they should but this impact is in all off time’s perspective a recent one. Their doings would have to fall into the scholastic category of current events rather than History.

Now that the African’s great great great grandchild is living in America, things are changing. Had their ancestors remained in Africa it is probable that they would be living as the modern African, and not making the world wide contributions that they are now making. They are in fact making them because they live in a country that promotes and supports this change however seemingly slow that it came to pass. It might do our society a favor if the black American would stop and consider how thankful they should be for the huge strides they have had the opportunity to make.

Perhaps they should even consider thanking the African tribesman who captured their African ancestor and sold them to the crazy merchant who shipped them to America in the first place. Now there is a long ago African worth studying. Beyond that, give our nation another 100 years and the black American contribution will have had time to carve out it’s place in Collegial study.

Until then, why waste precious breath complaining and pointing out the shade of brown on a mans arm? We all know what color we are and most of us really don’t care. Some like to stand on the corner and yell that we do, but the fact is whether they like it or not, what we care about is the yelling, not the color. If those people would stop pointing out the difference then perhaps we could all get on with recognizing the opportunities we are blessed with and make the most of our abilities as fellow Americans and above that, as people.