Where Do We Begin?
This website sets out to enable a critical observer to address
and appropriately the treatment of Africans in the United States.
Photos, cartoons, memoirs and social commentary invite viewers to
analyze, interpret, and evaluate the history of African-Americans in
the national narrative in order to develop constructive arguments, form
balanced conclusions, and use problem solving skills to assess racial
issues in current events.
Racism survives through silence, and consequently, ignorance.
People need a variety of resources to facilitate mature discussions on
historic issues like the treatment of slaves, segregation, the impact
the Civil Rights Movement, and the assumed social roles present among
the participants of slavery.
Racism Blurred or Omitted
Textbooks distributed in public schools, and often the
curriculum driving state organized history departments, fail to
present a consistent analysis of the United States government, society,
and economic institutions that are guilty of perpetuating unfair
opportunities and handicapping the progress of African Americans, for
the sole and ignorant reason that "color" could separate those who
deserved and those who did not. The misrepresentation of racism
in high school textbooks, encourage the students (who represent the
future generation) to accept the fact that while ending the
institution of slavery and creating "equality" through the Civil Rights
movement may have "leveled the playing field" according to outsiders,
the truth of racism that continues to enslave some needs to be
addressed and discussed.