The Ancestral History Of Black People

Ancestral History of Black People


My wish to know more about my great African ancestors motivated this post.  Further,  for Black History Month I wanted to step outside the box of paying tribute to the popular black leaders, murdered by the US government. I am not a historian or an anthropologist but rather a student attempting to seek the truth about my ancestral past.

First, I embarked on an online literature search, aka, a poor man’s search, for African history pre-Transatlantic Slavery, unsurprisingly, there wasn’t much. And what there was, many would not consider legitimate sources. Then I stumbled upon a video or article that led me to the book Nature Knows No Color-Line by J. A. Rogers. It is the information in this research into the “Negro Ancestry in the white race” that I’d like to share with you.

There is irrefutable evidence that civilization began in Africa and that the first people were dark-skinned with wooly-hair, black African people.  The oldest human skulls found in South Africa were of black Africans. The earliest Christians depicted the Virgin Mary and Christ as black. (1). Some of the greatest scholars and ancient philosophers believed (and this is without full gene mapping) man originated from Africa and that climate or rather the degree of sunlight along with racial intermixture accounted for the different races. They believed race was a dynamic process that produced new races over time. In ancient times color prejudice was minor. While slavery existed (captives from war), it was viewed as indentured servants or poor farmers as opposed to objects to be exploited and denigrated.  Freed slaves could go on to serve in high positions. There was a core respect for all human beings and the contributions made by everyone based on their role or position in society.

So how did color prejudice begin? To Be Continued.

There are two videos below: the first one appeared to be a research project that was sponsored by and the second is a collection of art at the Princeton University Art Museum that examined the roles of African/black people in 16th century Europe.  Both were very informative and not long.

Black People Ruled Russia & All Europe During The Dark Ages – IUIC

The Africans of Renaissance Europe: A painted record


    1.  Rogers, J. A. (1980) Nature Knows No Color-Line.  Middletown, CT:  Wesleyan University Press.

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

17 thoughts on “The Ancestral History Of Black People”

  1. “So how did color prejudice begin?” There’s no easy answer to that. And certainly not 1. Besides, I’m not a person of “finding the origin of it all”, “where it all began”, or “what’s the cause of this”. And even if you would find it, how can you be certain you found it indeed? I’m more in favor of “the here and now”. If you want to get rid of racism, don’t try to find its cause, but tackle it from the present. Like a former high school student me once asked: “Why do I have to learn about the history of Caribbean slavery? I can’t help these people anymore. They’re all dead.” I almost told him about the lessons he could learn from history, but then I remembered that rarely people do so. So I replied: “Bo tin rason (you’re right)”.

    Btw, the same counts for so called psychotherapy. When with a client who came to me feeling miserable, I’m not going to look for “the cause” of his/her shit. Instead I’m going to find out what that person wants to do with the rest of her/his life, and then take it from there.

    Still, I don’t want to interfere with your history journey. So maybe “Before Color Prejudice” (Frank Snowden Jr. 1991) could be a source. Here’s an excerpt, for you to get the feel of it:

    Another more general link?

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    1. That’s why diversity is so wonderful. It breeds diversity of thoughts. To tackle an issue as complex as color prejudice, I believe it absolutely necessary to know the here and now and equally to understand its history. And that history did not begin with slavery. Actually, slavery was symptomatic of that history.

      Not all problems are the same and need to be approached the same. Some are easy fixes, others involve understanding which takes time. I agree you one can never know for sure. Such is the case with most things where we make educated guesses based on indirect evidence from books, arts and legends.

      Learning is understanding. Unless we learn, aren’t we bound to repeat the same mistakes?


      1. Of course you know that the content of history, written as well as passed on orally from generation to generation, is colored by the one who writes or tells same, if not tampered with. And after that, interpreted by the reader or listener. Can be nice to search for it, though, do some research, and come up with a couple of conclusions. Maybe even learn a thing or two. But to solve acute problems? Well, maybe sometimes it could help. But all in all, I rather stick to the here and now.


            1. I love this George Orwell quote, “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.” If you control the present you can rewrite the past to suit your liking as was done by many rulers.


              1. So the ones who control the present, control the past and the future? What kind of crap is that? At best it means that, up till now, nobody ever controlled the present.

                And….um……maybe a couple of assholes tried to rewrite the past, but they never were able to control the past, as it was already the past.


                1. Well they did control the future by rewriting the past. For example the Bible was interpreted by rabbis to show black skin was cursed despite they themselves being black in those days. The Bible is truly a story book. Too bad many people believe it is the world of God himself. 🙄.

                  By claiming black people were cursed and inserting that in the Bible it certainly impacted the future.


                    1. Actually they went back and changed the scriptures of the past. And that affected the future of black people. They were not alone but they used the Bible to seek retribution.


      1. Re: “Actually they went back and changed the scriptures of the past…………” Stuff like that happened and is still happening all over the place. Same is true for hiding stuff when it’s not convenient for the leaders of the pack (whom I consider more the dogs of the herd).

        The Bible? Ever heard of the gospel of Barnabas? Remember I told you once there was never a virgin Mary in the Aramaic Bible? And what about the Kabbalah? Let’s not forget Gnosticism, eh? The list is endless. As are the forgeries. So again, I’m very careful with taking the value of the past too seriously when it comes to solving nowadays problems.

        Um…….btw…….uh…..huh…….did you see my FB posting of last night titled , “About Time To Clean The Place Up”?


    1. I can see someone, or some organization spent much time on these long videos.

      Over the centuries, the use of scriptures particularly when intermixed with fabrication proved effective in creating belief and value systems based solely on prejudice, racial or religious.

      Prejudice helped many evil people gain economic advantage, political advantage and social advantage.

      The videos were exactly what I expected from a troll, an organization or a bot peddling hate and anger by distorting history. My post hit a nerve. 🙂

      Your videos kind of segue way into the first and second chapters of the book.


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