the Hindsight project has been in existence for more than twenty years, and operational for more than fifteen. Our main work has always been to research and reconnect the pre-Columbus and modern stories of the so-called African American Peoples to their identity and ancestry. In fact it says so on our website.
I assumed that our research would surely lead us back to Africa. After all our American History textbooks told-me-so. In fact, they still do. However, what our organization did find is that the greater majority of the so-called Black people were here long before Columbus and the proverbial “Slave Trade” Ideology, where from about 1518 to the mid-19th century, millions of African men, women, and children made the 21-to-90-day voyage in grossly overcrowded sardine cans.
Our findings were exciting! So I figured that of all the people in the world, the disenfranchised so-called Black and African American would be happy to know that we have a name-that we are indeed a nation, and that we are in fact, so much more than a byword-a hiss-and something to be hated by all mankind. BUT! I did not expect the verbal pushback I received from Black people. I was surely taken aback and most of all saddened; as their response to this good news revealed their comfort in being cast in the role as people who were birthed out chains. Many responders answered with words like, “Black people always wanna be more than they are”. Wow! That statement in itself speaks volumes about how they identify through the eyes of self-hatered. But I won’t go into that in this article. One young lady responded with, “You have to be careful ’cause we don’t wanna displace the natives.” “Soooo” I thought to myself, “in other words, if we should ever have to choose between us and them, we lose”? Her response was definitely a sign that she believes all life supersedes ours. However, I will save my commentary on that issue for a different article also.
But! I must’ tell you; responses like those didn’t give me much trust in the collective that I so desperately longed for. And after the fiasco with some of the members of the Wayne State University Chapter I decided to table our findings and let some other activist break the ground and pave the way for our “right to exist”. But if you know me at all, then you know that that decision didn’t last very long. Because when Ray Hall (a member of the Hindsight Project) called to inform me of the Racial Healing event at Wayne Sate University his excitement to push back gave me incentive to go and raise my voice. I am glad I did.
What you will hear in this short video is some info about our organization and a short lead into what the Racial Healing event was about. After that I give a one-minute introduction to the Copper Colored Aboriginals and our right to self identify. I am so glad I did because I learned something that night. I learned a very valuable lesson. which is, I got to stop listening to “Black” people.
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