Monday, July 11, 2011

The Lies That We Were Told

In elementary school, you learn about the wonderful president Abraham Lincoln. He was an abolitionist, and he freed the slaves. He was so convicted, that he even started the Civil War to end slavery.

In middle school, you learn that Abraham Lincoln's goal was to preserve the union...and also to free the slaves.

In high school you learn that Abraham Lincoln's primary goal was to keep the south from seceding/preserve the union. Slavery was just a loose end.

In college you learn that Abraham Lincoln didn't give a good gah'damn about your black ass. If he could keep slavery going and still appease the north and the south, he would've done it and you would likely still be pickin cotton on Massa's plantation to this very day. Lincoln's stance on slavery, the civil war, and the preservation of the Union were (as stated by Lincoln himself):
"If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."
Not only that, but you learn the Emancipation Proclamation didn't free all the slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the states that rebelled against the Union. There were several states that had slaves that did not secede from the Union. Because they were loyal to the Union, Lincoln did not take their slaves away so that he could keep their loyalty during the war. In addition, freed blacks were now "allowed" to fight for the Union (which was already in desperate need of manpower). Hmph! If you want to get really technical, the Emancipation Proclamation didn't free anyone as i'm sure the southern states that seceded didn't give a flying fig about laws passed by a country that they didn't consider themselves part of anymore.

And now there are certain states trying to re-write history. For example, Texas try to change the verbage of their history textbooks to call the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the "Atlantic Triangular Trade" (as in to apply that we were all just one big happy trading family and downplay the fact that millions of Africans were forcibly snatched from the continent, a good number of whom were thrown off of slaves ships during the journey). SMH. I wouldn't be surprised if in 50 years children don't even know that slavery happened. America....

The lies that we were told!

12 comments:

  1. I thought i was the only 1 who found out i have been lied to. Lies make the world go round,Like my mama would say "Just go with the Flow:". Those who wrote our history books did not give us the whole truth so i guess we just have to enjoy the fairy tales. As for the Future Generation?? No comments coz they also gonna "GO WITH THE LIE FLOW"

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  2. :)...I can just imagine the head space you were in when you wrote this, hahahah.... very humorous approach yet true.

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  3. @DIDI- nope, its not just you lol. me and my friend were actually talking about this. History is an account of the past and very rarely is it accurate or unbiased. History is most often told/taught from the perspective of the pen-holder.

    @9jaFOODie- man, i can't even tell u. The Abe Lincoln lie was such a huge slap in the face back when i finally learned the "whole story". smh. Had me livin a lie all those years lol

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  4. and you are probably right , 50years from now only those studying history will know slaves existed.
    its the way the world works

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  5. Don't mind them biko. It's because of this lie lie that Fela sang his song 'teacher don't teach me nonsense'.

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  6. And they will keep re-writing history

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  7. Wow, this is really eye opening. Just like a gourd in water, Truth, no matter how hard we try can never be submerged

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  8. What a shocker it musta been for you....America is so good at whitewashing they even begin to believe the lies themselves!!

    So I hope black minority are fighting to keep the truth from being untold? I mean they shouldnt let their history be swept under the carpet...

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  10. Not familiar with US history, so this is new to me. I thought Lincoln was a hero...oh well!

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  11. That left me shocked many, many years ago. I had to take an African American history class at a HBCU in order to find that out! The Great Emancipator my foot!

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  12. @ilola- thats an awesome analogy

    @Ginger- i think thats why they build you up over the years lol, so it wont be such a shocker. And ndewo, i did the questionnaire too.

    @Sassyme- you know what, now that i think of it, i learned it in my Intro to the Back Experience class- even though i was taking American History at the time as well.

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