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April Fool's Day

Posted by sjaugu on April 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

White History is Nothing BUT a Huge April Fools' Joke

April 1st of every year is celebrated in the western cultures around the world as April Fools’ Day. The day is filled with hoaxes and an assortment of jokes with various degrees of sophistication that is played on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, kids, teenagers, senior citizens, and work associates. Most of the time, it is done in good taste, and everyone gets a hardy laugh. Although it’s not a national holiday, it is widely recognized as a day when many people engage in all types of pranks.

This is only one of many traditions and holidays that’s part of the western culture and has been adopted in the African communities that are part of the Diaspora. It also, includes the Caribbean, North, Central and South America. African communities in this pseudo cultural transformation are victims of the Berlin Conference which occurred on November 15, 1884. This conference is where European powers met to divide Africa into over 50 countries in order to control their resources. In addition, there are other African people scattered in Europe, Asia and Australia. For an identification sake, the preceding global areas are recognized as African Communities.

There are two aspects of the April Fool's Joke. One is the originator, and the other is the recipient(s). As you examine world history as it is currently presented and taught universally, one has to wonder whether or not African communities are recipients of a variety of historical events that should be characterized as April fool jokes that are perpetrated by the western culture. This Euro-centric presentation of world history has distorted and misrepresented history in order to deceive and deny the African communities of its true authentic history. This is a cruel joke on Africans worldwide. This deception is embedded in today's cultures globally in order to justify the European colonial conquests. These jokes are disguised and taught in educational institutions, in history books, reference books and materials, newspapers, magazines, today's media, in church services, and also, in missionary schools, which were established during colonialism.

Due to the magnitude of these April fool's jokes in a historical context, only selected few examples will be given in this writing. Some will be obvious and others will require an explanation.

Let’s begin with Columbus’s so-called discovery of America in 1492. Actually, creditable historians have indisputable evidence that others arrived before Columbus. Among them was Eric the Red in 950 A.D. and China’s expedition in 1434. Furthermore, history records indicate that there were scores of contact in the western hemisphere before Columbus.

Christopher Columbus departed Spain on September 25, 1493, on his SECOND voyage to the New World. 17 assorted vessels, cannons, attack dogs, five priests, and 1200 men made up ” The Grand Fleet ” in an attempt to establish a permanent Spanish colony in the Americas.

Historically, this was the beginning of the EUROPEAN CONQUEST which initiated the American holocaust that destroyed the indigenous inhabitant's culture along with a large portion of their population. This was followed with the MASS IMPORTATION of African slaves, whose labor was instrumental in the building of the infrastructure in the western hemisphere.

The result is two continents are now occupied by the descendants of the European conquerors. Today, South, Central, and North America, plus the Caribbean islands are the creation of the conquerors. Consequently, there were winners and losers. Obviously, the indigenous inhabitants lost the most, and right behind them were the African slaves.

Columbus's original mission to find a short cut to the Far East was abandoned. His so-called discovery led to the American Holocaust. Every second Monday in October, there is a Christopher Columbus Day. This annual celebration is nothing but a big April Fool’s Joke.

The April Fool's scenario will continue with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who are American patriots. We will start with George Washington. Who was the colony's first general who skillfully, organized and led the continental Army and eventually defeated the British.

Take note, George Washington enlisted slaves from as many plantations as he could. All with the promise that they will be freed when the war was over. Historically, the continental army under the leadership of George Washington defeated the British. Consequently, the 13 colonies became the United States of America when the Declaration of independence was signed in the city of Philadelphia, on July 4, 1776.

All Americans every July 4, celebrate this day, and the rest of the world acknowledges it. However, there are two elements that qualify as an April Fool’s Jokes.

1. George Washington reneged on his promise of freeing the slaves. All of them were sent back to their plantations. Therefore, this is the first Joke.

2. The quote within the Declaration of Independence: "All men are created equal." This quote was meant for the victors and not the slaves. Note worthy, slavery was referenced in the Declaration of Independence, but as three-fifths of a man. This qualifies as the second April Fools' Joke.

Moreover, the three fifth clause in the constitution makes folly of Abraham Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation" that he supposedly freed the slaves. Factually, he could NOT, even if he wanted to, because a slave was considered as three-fifths of a man, which was written into the constitution. Notably, this required a constitutional amendment to change. Actually, it was accomplished when the 13th amendment was passed on January 31st, 1865. Nevertheless, on September 22, 1862, Lincoln announced he would issue an executive order to free all slaves in the Confederacy that didn’t return to the Union before the beginning of the New Year.

He kept his promise, because on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation executive order was issued freeing 3.1 million slaves in the Confederacy. Notably, his order applied only to the states; he DIDN'T control. Of course, the Confederacy ignored the proclamation, and none of the slaves were released! Actually, the executive order didn’t cover the nearly 500,000 slaves in union states. They were the states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware. Factually, not a SINGLE slave was freed. Therefore, this is another huge April Fool’s Joke.

We will conclude with World War II by explaining the motto “Democracy versus the Axis of Evil.” The Allies were Europe and America, and the Axis of evil was Germany, Italy and Japan.

Generally, it can be accepted that the “Axis of Evil” represented three dictatorial powers. However, let’s pause for a moment, and quote, the word “Democracy” from Wikipedia.

Democracy is a form of government  in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or indirectly through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial equality, justice, liberty and fraternity.”

Obviously, democracy was not referring to the African communities who were either victimized by slavery or colonialism. Everywhere, there was some form of oppression. Whereas, in America, segregation was reinforced with institutionalized injustices, aided by Jim Crow laws, no voting rights and lynching were common. By the same token, African communities under colonialism faired no better. They were systematically robbed of their resources and suffered all sorts of brutality. Is this Democracy from the African communities’ perspective?

The answer is a resounding NO, because it's a dynamic April Fools' Joke.

When the term democracy is unmasked, World War II was fought over the colonies in Asia and Africa. It is sufficed to say both Germany and Japan was challenging the status quo. Raw resources were vital for the growth of their industrial complexes. Germany's interest was in Africa, and Japan was vying for its share of the Asian colonies. Italy was such a minor player, it won't be mentioned.

Unable to use the divide and conqueror technique among themselves, the Allies resorted to recruiting from African communities, along with, Asian colonies to support their war effort. In the process, promises were made of equality and social changes in the United States, as well as, the Caribbean islands, together with some form of independence for the African and Asian colonies. By utilizing these tactics their recruitment campaign was successful.

Members of the Diaspora communities were excited about prospects of social improvements, and at the same time, Africans colonies were overwhelmed with the prospect of independence. A short time after the war, reality set in, and the African communities were grossly disappointed when they realized no change was coming.

Moreover, at the beginning of World War II, the allies had full possession of the colonies in both Africa and Asia. The war was among the industrial powers fighting for control of the African and Asian colonies. When World War II was concluded, the allies had possession of the colonies in both Africa and Asia. Except for the United States, the other participant's infrastructures were completely destroyed.

It turns out that the war was a gross BLUNDER because it presented opportunities for countries in Asia and Africa to break away from colonialism. What followed was a wave of countries in Africa and Asia demanding independence. Either they negotiated or fought for it, nevertheless. It spelled the end of conventional colonialism. In the Americas, the Civil Rights movement was born. This led to unprecedented social changes. Which makes World War II the granddaddy of all April Fools Jokes. However, this time the western powers were on the losing end.

APRIL FOOL!

 

Sabamya Jaugu

Africanhistorymonth.com

 

References:

From Wikipedia:

April Fools' Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is an informal holiday celebrated every year on April The day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other, called April fools.Hoax stories are also often found in the press and media on this day.

 

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