The 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.

What is Black History Month?

It’s February 1, 2018, the beginning of Black History Month. This is an opportunity to find out more about black history. This month, FTL will delve into our history before slavery by encouraging readers to share links or stories.

At a time when black lives are under attack, it’s imperative we come together and understand who we are.

Failure to Listen


What is Black History Month?

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Black History Month grew out of Carter G. Woodson “Negro History Week,”

 in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”[1] This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.[1]

Since 1976,  the month of February has been officially designated Black History Month by every US President.   Other countries including Canada and the UK also celebrate a month of Black history
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Reflections on Race and Discrimination


Black History Month – Reflections on Race and Discrimination

What is black?

IDNK. I do not know except that black is more than a color and a race. Black is more like a brand–a blacklisted brand!

For many, blacklists are impassable roadblocks, varying in fortitude at different points in life. For a black person–blacklisted at birth–the seizure of one’s future at any roadblock makes moving forward a defeating and torturous road of interminable and fatal roadblocks.

Where have we been since the days of Martin Luther King, Jr.? We are still blacklisted at birth, living in fear of roadblocks that now house the future generations of blacks in jail cells.

Black is knowing there is little chance of justice due to the color of one’s skin. “As Malcolm X said, if you’re black and you live south of the Canadian border, you live in the South. {Relatives} first awoke me to the systematic prejudice against black people in American society.

Sadly it is not much different in the country I moved to,” said a relative of mine

Black history month brought home the morphing of stereotypes into mechanisms and systems of bondage, so invisibly visible–structurally institutionalized. These dead elephants’ stench erode our senses and passions.

One such system of bondage aims to reduce the black youth population. It is called Stand Your Ground. This law assumes young black children are thugs, threats, and weapons. The mere sight of a young black teenager is grounds for armed white men to murder, out of fear. Can someone explain what fear, when the dead victim was unarmed?

Why do heavily armed, grown white men fear unarmed black children? Those questions are never discussed; instead, rationalizations for—or, rather, the legalization of—injustices against racial and vulnerable groups are cheered with patriotic rhetoric, greedily gobbled by the masses and the media, without thought.

No one wants to talk about it. No one thinks racism or discrimination exist. No one sees the effects or understands the impact. Yet, there are other groups who face similar discrimination. We have to unite to fight discrimination.


Discrimination is not just pigment–it is gender, it is language, it is religion, it is body type, it is mental illness, it is disability.

Chris Messina
Chris Messina
CEO at Body1, Inc.

No group is hit as hard by it {Chronic Discrimination Syndrome} as the developmentally disabled. They have a very small, usually disregarded and disrespected, voice and negligible political power. They are every bit as human as you and I. Contrary to what many intellectual elites believe, IQ ≠ Worth. That’s why dignity advocacy is a core focus of the Foundation I serve as a volunteer director for. Stimulating piece!

– Chris Messina; CEO at Body1, Inc.


David W Kelley, DO
David W Kelley, D.O.
Critical Care Physician at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

The dichotomy in care delivery between whites & non-whites is perplexing, maddening and saddens me. Unfortunately, there seems to be some sort of deep engraining &, for the life of me, I am vexed on how to enlighten others to gain traction for progress, says Dr. David Kelley.

I know with 100% certainty, on a personal level, that progress can be made. As a “white person” [I really do not like that label, but, of course, I am not fond of attaching labels to anyone over things like skin color] who was raised in the Deep South, I grew up steeped in a culture that is, at its best, benign to non-whites and, all too frequently, oppressive & punitive. My parents were and are quite intolerant & prejudiced against non-white/non-heterosexual/irreligious people and tend to follow the “Fox News” party line. When I was a young kid, I spewed the same sort of vitriol my parents did…it was all I knew…until I began to mature, to appreciate a much larger world than my own small one & to think independently/critically. Over time, beginning in Jr HS, I began to realize that skin color has zero to do with the integrity of the person and began to seriously question the lessons I had learned about people from my parents & family. That small start – self-initiated learning prompted by objective observation and interacting with many fellow students of a broad spectrum of ethnicities – blossomed [in my opinion] into an open-minded, tolerant love for diversity. Diversity is a strength that should be nurtured & cherished. there is such immense value & power in approaching issues from multiple perspectives that it vexes me why it is not just patently obvious to everyone why intolerance, racism & bigotry is a cancer eroding the vibrance of our society.

Whenever I try to enlighten others, I am blown off as being a “damned bleeding heart liberal” or accused of having far too long “with the Yankees”. However, I refuse to stop trying.

– David W Kelley, D.O. Critical Care Physician at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

Thank you to those who refuse to stop trying.

Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam

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Black History Month – Conservative Views of the First Black U.S. President

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. – Albert Einstein

Black History Month – Conservatives Views of the First Black U.S. President

The following are images gathered from social media. These images are clues to where we stand as far as RACE. Where do YOU think we stand?  (Choice of slideshow or separate images; captions may differ)

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demonize obama
Not a Liberal AND Obama is a GREAT MAN with the POWER to accomplish all the above…wHILE CONGRESS POUTS.
In any event, Congress has no BALLS.
Jealousy is a bitch
When elected officials hold the American people hostage because of their selfish needs–like you did TED CRUZ–those officials should be FIRED; definitely, never to be re-elected–TED CRUZ should be FIRED.
rand paul
What a bunch of crock! Aren’t you part of government Senator Rand Paul?
fox news
Fox–YOU are the problem–creators of crap.
myths proganda
Propaganda brought to you by FOX Rumors (news?) where myths are propagated and nurtured. Fox news working hard to make THINKING obsolete
I want a tape is handy.
I want a pair…duck tape is handy.
Very Nice…. Now Welcome to the future…
comparison of obama to paula deen
Paula Deen was fired for being an IDIOT…not so much a racist. Prez Obama is no idiot like Paula or Sarah.
Please keep my country safe From ignorance, hatrred and intolerance.
This great country started as a haven for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, criminals, etc. Give immigrants a viable path to citizenship.
make fun of obama
NO, it was not a mistake. Re-electing President Obama brought HOPE to America’s Future.
Silly Conservatives...He brought our troops home to save American lives and  protect our own borders.
Silly Conservatives…President Obama brought our troops home to save American lives and protect our own U.S. borders.
Conservatives, please exercise critical thinking–your party is dumbed down and will LOSE big time unless you take a page out President Obama’s successful campaigns.


obama the demon
Who is we? KOCH brothers…You do not speak for ME.
obama to resign
Misery likes company… I thought you a religious man…no playmates for YOU.
Really?  Which history book?
Really? I love fictions…which novel is this?
social programs
I agree…Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power..
Too MANY Social Programs without any demonstrated benefit.
bible thumper
Absolutely NOT! Hell is crowded with too many god-fearing/loving, church-going, bible thumpers.
teaparty demand
Here is all I want: Cut the strings and set the puppets free from their puppeteers.
make fun of poor
What pay CEO $6 million plus $ 2 million bonus for declining revenues; fire him with a golden parachute of $10 million. We are McDummies!


impeach proganda
Example of desperation and FEAR by adversaries. President Obama–you are doing a magnificent job because so many conservatives HATE you. If you are not hated you are not making CHANGES and America needs to CHANGE!
insult obama
Good, that means President Obama comes to us with the wisdom of DIVERSE perspectives

Where do we stand as far as race?

Just not YOUR principles Mr DeMint.