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Discussing the Holocaust: How a Simple Discussion Shows Why We Must Supplement Our Children’s Intellectual Diet

It has been stated that children are sponges that absorb everything around them regardless of its truthfulness or accuracy. While being interviewed by a reporter regarding the flap between Jay-Z and the Anti Defamation League, my son was sitting close by listening to the discussion. Once it ended, he offered the following. “My teacher taught us about the Holocaust.” As a History Professor, I am always interested in hearing how such important topics are addressed by K-12 educators. I must share that although I was interested in what my son was about to share, I realized what he had been taught before he spoke.

I was unsurprised when my brilliant son shared that the Holocaust occurred during World War II with the Nazi’s killing Jews. Even the expectation of such a grossly slanted depiction of the historical record did not prevent me from cringing. The alluded to negative response was less about my son and more about the impact that such misinformation would have on the minds of American school children.

I have always taken issue with discussions of genocide or “The Holocaust” for one simple reason; it appears that the Jewish community has trademarked the concepts and words for their exclusive and highly beneficial use. When speaking about the most common use of the term “Holocaust” most dictionaries define it as follows.

Holocaust: Destruction or slaughter on a mass scale.

In many ways, it is ironic that I, a former fellow at the United States Holocaust Museum, have spent untold hours combating those who strategically seek to cordon off the word Holocaust in regards to its non-religious usage for the Jewish community. Despite their vehement and always volatile protestations, it is clear that although the mass slaughter of persons of Jewish descent is a crime against humanity that should never be forgotten, we must also realize that such an occurrence was not a one-time occurrence. Although I have no interest in comparing genocides, American teachers are remiss when they fail to discuss the multiple and simultaneously occurring Holocausts that laid the foundation for Western Civilization. Most notably, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the extermination of Indigenous Americans across the North American continent as well as throughout the Caribbean. In many ways, the removal of historical atrocities against non-white populations sits at the core of why there is so little sympathy for the contemporary plight of the aggrieved populations. Without an understanding of Manifest Destiny — the belief of Anglo-Saxons that their expansion across the entire North American continent was both justified and inevitable ‘by any means necessary’ — it is impossible to understand the current plight of the Indigenous population. The ‘white-washing’ of history in this matter allows for whites to believe that the Indigenous Population’s primary problem results from personal failings such as alcoholism and not the actions of marauding whites who had neither a care for their humanity nor their survival.

It is for this reason that it is imperative that we supplement the academic diet that our children are being force-fed on a daily basis in American schools. Because if we don’t they will develop a perspective singularly rooted in a fallacious belief that the reason we have not is that we have not worked hard enough. And as you well know, nothing could be further from the truth because no one has worked harder than African people to build this nation called America.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2017

We’re Even Crazier Than I Initially Thought: Many Negroes Actually Disagree with Reparations

Although many may desire to needlessly debate this issue, the fact of the matter is that there is little room to debate the reality that this nation would not exist were it not for the labor of stolen and then enslaved Africans.

Considering that many of you are naturally going to doubt the veracity of my statement if for no other reason than the source that itsharecropping is emerging, let me remind you that the first colony settled by Europeans on the mainland colony was not Jamestown, although that is the popular myth that is repeated in nearly every American History textbook that one comes across. The fact of the matter is that it was Roanoke, also known as ‘The Lost Colony’, that holds the distinction of being this nation’s initial colonial settlement. Roanoke, devoid of African labor, failed so miserably that historians related that colonists were forced to resort to cannibalism to survive the winter.

Make no mistake about it, Jamestown would have faced a similar fate had not African labor and genius been able to develop several cash crops (tobacco, sugar, ‘King Cotton’) on the North American Continent. It is this labor contribution that both colonial and American wealth rests upon. Albeit difficult for most Americans, regardless of race/ethnicity, to accept, America, let alone her wealth, exists without the contributions of enslaved Africans.

The entire movement for reparations rests upon what is do to the descendants of those African’s who made an indispensable contribution to this nation. Although the vast majority of Americans have desperately avoided this query, it still haunts the nation.

Considering this nation’s volatile history on racial matters, it is a given that the vast majority of whites are diametrically opposed to this nation issuing reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans.

Most insulting to our ancestors and revealing regarding the current mental illness/psychosis affecting contemporary African-Americans is the shocking reality that 35% of Negroes are diametrically opposed to reparations. Making this matter even more insulting is the fact that ‘The Exclusive Point Taken-Marist Poll’ revealed that 46% of Hispanics believed that African-Americans are due reparations.

It is bewildering, yet most certainly revealing that so many African-Americans are opposed to reparations for the contributions of their ancestors. Even the United Nations has gone so far as to recommend at the beginning of this year that the U.S. begin seriously considering this issue of reparations.

According to the United Nations, “The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the U.S. remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent.”

The reality that such a huge portion of African-Americans do not understand not only the moral implications motivating the call for ferguson3reparations, but also the transformative possibilities associated with reparations should make our community ‘doubling-down’ on literacy, critical thinking, political education, and psychological counseling, its foremost preoccupation. Failure to immediately address such an illogical position makes issues such as ‘Black Lives Matter’, Black-on-Black crime, and self-hatred moot.

I wish that someone, anyone would explain how a sane, sober-minded, African-American could ignore the historic contributions of their ancestors to this nation; whether they want to realize it or not, their opposition to reparations and a host of other issues such as the pursuit of education is indeed one of the most disrespectful thing that they could ever do.

I am certain that our ancestors are rolling in their graves.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

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