This is Princess from your HIS 355 course. I wanted to say Hello and also get some things off my chest if that's okay with you.
First and foremost, I would like to say that I LOVE your course. I am learning so many things about African American woman but most importantly I am learning about African American History. I left today's lecture feeling as if I have been cheated all my life. I say this in reference to one of your comments on oppression, it was stated today that leaving Black people out of history is not only discriminate, but it allows those in power to act as if no one else contributed to the "founding" of this country. By keeping us out of history they create a justification for themselves, initially, that they alone have taken the necessary measures in acquiring wealth. Ultimately the views of others are too effected by this manipulation of history.
It bothers me as an African American female that I am now 20 yrs of age and it is not until this year, this month, and within your class that I am learning of the many great contributions African American people have made in society. It is obvious that the resources have been available for me to learn of our accomplishments, but I'm skeptical as to why I haven't I been taught these great things in school? Why is it that when I learned about slavery, they taught it to me as something that it wasn't? When I say this I mean, they never made it SEEM immoral! Why? Would you believe I used to blame the African chiefs for selling Black men and women into slavery? I would argue that the white man went to Africa and purchased the land and then the people all for a price. I would become furious at the thought of Chiefs selling the lands that weren't even theirs to sell, it was for the entire tribe, and then later going to the extent as to sell of their own people. I knowdifferent now. All the people I argued with over this and my justification was that ..."I learned that in school"...
Dr. Ferguson, I am a first generation African. Both of my parents were born and raised in Liberia and moved to this country for a better opportunity and to acquire more wealth like everyone else. I am ashamed; I am ashamed for being ignorant and not knowing; I am ashamed for not questioning what I was told; And I am ashamed to be a "proud" American (to a certain extent).
Dr. Ferguson, how do I educate my fellow Black people about all the wrong we have undergone? Today directly after your class, I was sitting with some girlfriends and one of them was talking about a Midnight Breakfast program that was held at her dorm the night before. All of the RA's prepared breakfast foods and served it to the entire dorm at 12 midnight. She said somethings that sounded like this:
"Niggas are so damn greedy... they see free food and they
don't know how to act...that's just like Black people to eat up all the
food...and the white people were just sitting there not saying a damn thang...
you know how they are when Black people are around..."
NIGGAS?!? DID SHE SAY NIGGAS?!?!? IT'S JUST LIKE BLACK PEOPLE TO EAT UP ALL THE FOOD?!?!?!
I began to argue with her about all of the negative aspects associated with her statement and this lead to ill feelings and of course, attitudes. What do I do to this? Just listen to what she says and then sip my water and smile?
These are some of the things that have been on my brain for a little while and I wanted to get them off my chest....
THANKS FOR LISTENING.