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Originally posted by they see ALLAnd, if we can all agree, is this institutionalized racism or something similar?
Here is what I can remember: that the Europeans raped the place for slaves and raw materials (and I remember a bit about famous Africans fighting for independence against the Europeans and a bit about Egypt, but that can be/was included with the history of the Middle East).
I ask again, is this something like institutionalized racism?
Originally posted by passenger
Well, the reason we don’t study that much of African history is that it’s not that pertinent to our current situation. That is, we have laws based in Roman jurisprudence, philosophy based on Greek thought, morality based upon Judeo-Christian ethics, etc.
Therefore, why shouldn’t we ( I assume you mean as Americans) concentrate on Western history?
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
I think the reason we dont learn about African history, (besides the part they teach in science class about how we all evolved from there is the same reason we dont learn about Slovenian history. Or Brazilian history. Or Romanian history. Or Czechoslovakian history. Because this is America.
Growing up in Hawaii, we didnt learn much about the Civil War, but we sure as heck learned how the American government helped overthrow the Hawaiian monarchy.
Countries teach their own version of history. Some states emphasize their own history over the history of the country to some degree. (Especially states that are far away and only recently had their own sovereign governments separate from the US.)
I dont think it is institutionalized racism. You learn about Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglas, and other AMERICANS who happened to be descended from Africans.
Originally posted by jamie83
Because the United States originated in the war with Britain. Tracing this history back leads to European history, not Asian, African, South American, or Australian history.
And by the way, what I remember of ancient African history is the Egyptians in Africa having Jews for slaves and killing their first born.
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
very good point. we have a school system that is horribly lacking in world history education, and we should do something to fix that.
Originally posted by Straight Razor
We don't hear much because there isn't much to tell. Their history for the most part is what they are doing now in Africa, living primitive lives and killing each other in tribal wars.