|Author Keith B. Richburg|
Sure, I understand that W.E. Dubois was the founder of the NAACP, and Martin Luther King Jr. was a great leader in the Civil Rights Movment and that George Washington Carver was the inventor of peanut butter, but after that, you're left with the likes of Spike Lee or Jay-Z. Why can't we just have history. Period. Most black and white students don't even know about our Founding Fathers and the greatness of leaders like George Washington or John Adams who fought courageously so that we could become a nation--but they sure do know all about the likes of Colin Powell, Maya Angelou and Jesse Jackson.
|Refugees from Chad|
During this special month, students will be "brainwashed" and reminded of the "great" accomplishments of the first black (or near-black) president of the U.S. I'm talking about the ONE who was going to bring "hope and change" and be the great "uniter," bringing us all together so that there would NO longer be a racial divide in America. How's that working out? If anything, Obama has exacerbated the race problem and actually brought about a greater division among the races.
But in honor of Black History Month, I offer a daring book, "Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa" by black author and newspaper journalist, Keith Richburg. Richburg was given the opportunity to live in Africa for 3 yrs. Leaving America for his post in Africa, he writes that he felt like he was going home, to the birthplace of his ancestors, the "Motherland."
Now here's the irony: Many who've read Out of America denounce Richburg as an out-and-out "Uncle Tom". That these black liberals are so shocked and angry that Richburg, a black man, would DARE criticize
Africa seems to prove his point. Black leaders, intellectuals, state department leftists, and even Bono, in their effort to be politically-correct, they've pussyfooted around Africa, ignoring abuses of 'human rights', ignoring the deadly tribalism and murder, so as to keep the image of "Africa - the glorious Motherland" alive. We may, of course, criticize Europe ("the hegemonic western world") but dare we ever criticize atrocities in ?! How dare we! So it is ironic that the author's point - that we must be realistic instead of utopion when dealing with Africa - is played into perfectly by those so willing to call Richburg an 'Uncle Tom" or a 'sellout'. Zaire
So if you really want to observe Black History Month, get this book. It's an eye-opener written by a courageous black man who ought to be celebrated by the black community. Instead, this messenger has been demonized because of his message.