The majority of educators today are hammering kids into believing white people are the problem with everything in the world. They may be right, but not for the reasons they espouse. This country was founded primarily by western Europeans trying to get away from oppressive Oligarchies. With our Declaration of Independence we started a war with England to give us the freedom to form our own government. Representatives from all the colonies formed a Constitutional Convention and created our Constitution, which is the most important document ever written. In other words we started out with white people in charge, so they made the rules.
While America was being colonized people needed more help than their families could provide, so the indentured servant process which was utilized in Europe, became a way of life in the new land. An indentured servant was provided transportation and room and board for the indenture period and then he was set free and usually given enough capital to allow them to start their own farm. Most early indentured servants were from England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany.
Meanwhile, some Black people, primarily in Africa discovered they could improve their life style by selling their neighbors from different tribes as indentured servants. People around the world utilized this cheap labor. Then Blacks joined the English, Irish, Scots and Germans as indentured servants in the new world. Blacks were freed like all other indentured servants and given land and capital to start their own farms.
In 1620 Anthony Johnson, A Black man from Angola, came to this country involuntarily as an indentured servant and was freed after his indenture period to start his own tobacco farm. He in turn purchased indentured help. In 1654 John Casor came here as an indentured servant to Anthony Johnson, but after the indenture period Johnson would not release Casor. This resulted in a Black man being the first slave owner in this country. Unfortunately his neighbors liked the idea.
We celebrate Richard Allen who started a Methodist Church in Philadelphia and Martin Delany, the first Black officer in the United States Army. We have all heard of Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks. All of these Black people have made a difference to his country. Somehow all the historians forget to add Anthony Johnson to their lists.
History is important to us. It teaches us mistakes of the past, so we do not have to repeat them. Also remember that the people in charge make the rules. What we need to be teaching our children is how to prepare themselves to be in charge. Education is important. Character is important. Ambition is important. Hard work is important. We need to instill in our children the desire for a better life. Parents need to take the responsibility to make these things happen. It is obvious we cannot depend on our educators – they only teach the history that supports their distorted idea of the world. The truth is not in them.