Look. I wanted to love this book. In fact I didn’t even finish it before I began raving about it. However, pages 181 and 302 are a problem! While the title of the book and hype around the author declare him a truth teller, there are still lies within the pages.
The author’s suppressed, undealt with #whitesupremacy reared it’s ugly head on page 181. This is where James Loewen wants to persuade readers that Lincoln was “a good guy who loved black people” and that black nationalist are purposely leaving out the last line of Lincoln’s 1862 letter to Horace Greenly ruin Lincoln’s legacy.
Well, while we were visiting the Lincoln Memorial in April we saw this…
(Lincoln’s letter to Horace Greeley August 22, 1862)
…in the museum underneath the Lincoln Memorial
Even the NATION’S CAPITAL left out the last sentence! Maybe because it doesn’t matter. He said what he said and one more sentence doesn’t change a thing. In fact the History Channel has WAY BETTER facts then that famous letter. Link below⬇️⬇️⬇️
Then there is p. 302 where he disses Afrocentricity and NEVER defines it.
This is a gross prejudicial assumption that seeks to define & demonize African intellectual history. The author was comfortable sharing quotes from those who denounce Afrocentricity, but failed to seek a true definition from African scholars who have spent decades researching, teaching and even starting PHD programs in the growing field.
Afrocentricity, Africology, African American Studies, etc. all seek to tell the WHOLE STORY; Centering the marginalized and sharing the truth, beauty, wisdom, experiences, shortcomings, accomplishments, and yes, even the downfalls of our history.
James Loewen’s views are one of many reasons why African scholars are important. Superiority likes to define who you are, decide what you should do and discourage any further research.
Peace & Love,
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