The Black Culture
In search of who I am and where do I stand in this occupied space that I take up in this land, this country which I call home. Firsthand experience in my short years of 50, I was formally taught many of things of who I am, who my people are and which level which the Supreme Being has placed us. I was taught that the Black culture is a sub-culture in the United States, this is a scholarly way of classifying a group of people as sub-human, (which by the way) stands as a classification in current times of the 21st century.
So, my search began in seeking God to find out why did He create people to be hated and enslaved. What did we do to deserve such a harsh punishment? The bloodshed and misery that runs abundantly in the streets of my environment, yet as a Black person I’m expected to get up every Sunday and worship and pay homage to a God that doesn’t love me. That it was demanded of me, the foremost commandment of me not to seek another god who is willing to love my people enough to see us and not allow us to be deemed sub-human in a land that is not our natural habitat, nor is people welcome. Ingrained in me the teaching of the Christianity I first go to the Master in search of an answer.
Here is what I found.
What have you been taught? What is the means of your seeking? Well, investigate the past, which the “reset” button starts the “disapproval” with Noah had a son name Ham which…
Because Noah’s Law has formally been recognized by the United States. Epiphany hits; first who was Noah, who was his father and so on to you know who they were and how they lived and find the answers to who you are.
The U.S. Congress officially recognized the Noahide Laws in legislation which was passed by both houses. Congress and the President of the United States, George Bush, indicated in Public Law 102-14, 102nd Congress, that the United States of America was founded upon the Seven Universal Laws of Noah, and that these Laws have been the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization. They also acknowledged that the Seven Laws of Noah are the foundation upon which civilization stands and that recent weakening of these principles threaten the fabric of civilized society, and that justified preoccupation in educating the Citizens of the United States of America and future generations is needed. For this purpose, this Public Law designated March 26, 1991 as Education Day, U.S.A
The Origin of Man
Biblical/Creationism and Intelligent Design – The Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) gives the thought that God created: earth, earth’s inhabitants, man in His image and woman was created from man’s rib.
Evolution– A Charles Darwin’s mainstream theory that all of earth inhabitant evolved from a common ancestor. Darwin’s theory suggests that over a span of time inhabitants of the earth genetically mutated to the creatures they are today. Side note: what about trees? I mean the really look the same on the Flintstones as they look today.
The Sumerian Texts– On an ancient Mesopotamian in the land name Nippur founded in 5000 BC a tablet. Que spooky music and static shock hair, ok ready. The tablet states that human looking aliens that were gods ruled over the earth and created men in order to have slaves/servants to do for the gold supply they needed.
If I had to choose, I would state that all three may have elements of truth, so for me, it’s not an either/or (it is more) if/then scenario, However back to my journey.
Before the flood, raise your hand if you know where Noah lived.
In South Africa’s Mozambique Maputo, there lays a 200,000 year old gold mining city discovered by a Michael Tellinger-a South African scientist explorer and author. John Heine- a South African pilot, firefighter and author. The Sumerian tablets denotes this in their list of kings, which have a spanning time period of 224,000 couple with the oldest human remains lends further credibility to the intelligent designed and evolutionary theories, throw in the Iliad Rhapsody 1:
When the Olympian gods are away from their home situated on Mount Olympus, they customarily attend a dais ‘feast’, I.01.424, in the Land of the Aithiopes ,Aethiopians I.01.423, whose home is situated at the two farthest imaginable extremities of the known world, that is, both in the Far East and in the Far West, on the banks of the world-encircling river named Ōkeanos, O.01.022–024. The idea that the Aethiopians live at both extremes of the world is an example of a theme that can best be described as a coincidence of opposites.
The biblical character Noah is among the most recognizable figures in the Book of Genesis. His birth is recorded in a single sentence, and although the story of the Ark and a great flood is told later, there is no mention of Noah’s physical appearance. But other sources contain references to Noah consistent with the idea that Noah was one of the first albinos mentioned in recorded history.
According to some sources, Noah’s father (Lamech) and his mother (Betenos) were first cousins. Lamech was the son of Methuselah, and Lamech’s wife was a daughter of Methuselah’s sister. this is important because marriage between close relatives is sometimes involved in pedigrees of autosomal recessive traits such as albinism. If this interpretation of ancient tests is correct. Noah’s albinism is the result of a consanguineous marriage, and not only is he one of the earliest albinos on record, but his grandfather Methuselah and Methuselah’s sister are the first recorded heterozygous carriers of a recessive genetic trait. (Cummings et al., n.d.)
How rare is albinism?
In the United States, it is estimated that 1 in 17,000 people have albinism. It is much more common in areas of East Africa and can be as high as 1 in 2,000.
בראשית ו:א וַיְהִי כִּי הֵחֵל הָאָדָם לָרֹב עַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה וּבָנוֹת יֻלְּדוּ לָהֶם: ו:ב וַיִּרְאוּ בְנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם כִּי טֹבֹת הֵנָּה וַיִּקְחוּ לָהֶם נָשִׁים מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר בָּחָרוּ: ו:ג וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ לֹא יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם לְעֹלָם בְּשַׁגַּם הוּא בָשָׂר וְהָיוּ יָמָיו מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה: ו:ד הַנְּפִלִים הָיוּ בָאָרֶץ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם וְגַם אַחֲרֵי כֵן אֲשֶׁר יָבֹאוּ בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים אֶל בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם וְיָלְדוּ לָהֶם הֵמָּה הַגִּבֹּרִים אֲשֶׁר מֵעוֹלָם אַנְשֵׁי הַשֵּׁם:
Gen 6:1 And it was, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 6:2 that the benei ha-elohim (lit. “sons of God”) saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took wives from whomever they chose. 6:3 And God said: ‘My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for that he also is flesh; and his days be a hundred and twenty years.’ 6:4 The nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also after that, when the benei ha’elohim came to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; these were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.
Enoch speaking “My son Methuselah took a wife for his son *Lamech. She became pregnant by him, and brought forth a child, the flesh of which was white as snow and red as a rose; the hair of whose head was white like wool, and long; and whose eyes were beautiful. When he opened them, he illuminated all the house, like the sun; the whole house abounded with light. And when he was taken from the hand of the midwife, he opened his mouth to Yahuah Elohim. This Lamech is not the evil Lamech, in the line of Cain in Bereshith (Gen.) 4: 23.
Then Lamech his father was afraid of him, and flying away came to his own father Methuselah, and said “I have begotten a son, a changed son. He is not human, but resembling the offspring of the angels of heaven, is of a different nature from ours, being altogether unlike us. His eyes are bright as the rays of the sun, his countenance glorious, and he looks not as if he belonged to me but to the angels.
I am afraid lest something miraculous should take place on earth in his days. And now, my father, let me entreat and request you to go to our progenitor Enoch, and to learn from him the truth, for his residence is with the angels”.
When Methuselah heard the words of his son, he came to me at the extremities of the earth, for he had been informed that I (Enoch) was there, and he cried out. I heard his voice and went to him saying, “Behold I am here my son, since you have come to me”.
He (Methuselah) answered and said “On account of the great event have I come to you, and on account of a single difficult-to-be-comprehended event have I approached you. And now my father hear me, for to my son Lamech a child has been born, who does not resemble him and whose nature is unlike the nature of man. His colour is whiter than snow, he is redder than the rose and the hair of his head is whiter than white wool, his eyes are like the rays of the sun, and when he opened them he illuminated the whole house, also when he was taken from the hand of the midwife he opened his mouth and blessed Yahuah Elohim.
His father Lamech feared and fled to me not believing that the child belonged to him, but that he resembled the angels of heaven. And behold I am come to you that you might point out to me the truth .
Noah’s birth is recorded in the Book of Enoch the Prophet, written about 200 BCE, this book quoted several times in the New Testament, was regarded as lost until 1773, until an Ethiopian version of the text was discovered. The text relates that Noah’s “flesh was white as snow, and red as a rose; the hair of whose head was white like wool, and long, whose eyes were beautiful’. A reconstructed fragment of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls describes Noah as an abnormal child born to normal parents. The fragments also provide some insight into the pedigree of Noah’s family, as does the Book of Jubilees.
1 Corinthians 6:3 New International Version (NIV)
3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
Answer Me This
In my life, I have heard multiple reasons why God allowed Africans to be taken as slaves in the Americas and throughout the world, hence the reason for this profile. The most outstanding reason was that the curse of Ham, one of Noah’s sons let put that to rest today. Ham was not cursed it was his son Canaan, who was curse, the true story of why, maybe the world will never know. However, this one passage ends the story of the curse of Ham or rather the curse put upon Canaan.
Genesis 9:25-27 New International Version , (NIV)25 he said,“Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”26 He also said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.27 May God extend Japheth’s[a] territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
However according to the Bible, the Canaanites along with others were destroyed as order by God. If the Canaanites were destroyed, then how did the Catholic church or any ruling body reconcile that Africans slavery was justified? Surely, the Popes of the Catholic Church have read the Bible.
Deuteronomy 20:16-18 New International Version (NIV)
16 However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. 17 Completely destroy[a] them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you. 18 Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God.
Yet science reports do state that some Canaanites survived, however their genealogy is not found in Africa but elsewhere:
More than 90 percent of the genetic ancestry of modern Lebanese is derived from ancient Canaanites, according to a paper published today in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
Researchers supported by The Wellcome Trust were able to sequence the Canaanite genome from the remains of five individuals buried in the ancient port city of Sidon (modern Saïda, Lebanon) around 3,700 years ago. The results were compared against the DNA of 99 modern-day Lebanese residents.
According to the results, Canaanite ancestry is a mix of indigenous populations who settled the Levant (the region encompassing much of modern Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories) around 10,000 years ago, and migrants who arrived from the east between 6,600 and 3,550 years ago.
An additional Eurasian element was added to the genetic mix sometime between 1800 and 200 B.C., a tumultuous period that saw the collapse of the Bronze Age and the advent of the Iron Age, the era in which most scholars believe the Bible was recorded.
Despite massive cultural and political upheaval in the eastern Mediterranean at the end of the Bronze Age in the 12th century B.C., Canaanite presence persisted in the region, most notably in powerful port cities along the coast, where they were known to the Greeks as Phoenicians.
First DNA from ancient Phoenician shows European ancestry: 2,500-year-old skeleton could rewrite history of human migration
Phoenicians were one of the great early civilizations of the Middle East
The DNA came from a man known as ‘Young Man of Byrsa’ or ‘Ariche’
Contained an extremely rare type of genome sequence, known as U5b2c
Suggest maternal lineage likely came from the north Mediterranean coast.
Scientists were expecting to find DNA of indigenous North African lineage .
Numbers 13:30-33 –New International Version (NIV)
30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
So, today I come to the realization that yes, I am made in the image of God. The point remains what is my culture here in the Americas?
Speak to Me
The Holy bible states that God created man in his image this means; language, culture and spiritual. Let’s take a scientific look into the beginning of the above three.
Language Origins – There are several theories of how man learned how to communicate with each other a few thoughts are:
Divine Creation- Whereas the believe that God created man with a well verse and defined language.
Natural Evolutions– As humans developed, so did our language. Like current times when words are added to the dictionary based on how common a word and its definition.
Symbolism- where as a sound or look became a word written meaning. Speaking of which, the oldest is not Sumerian, sit down in the back of the room, folks with good sun hats been recently digging. The first known writing system which dates to 60,000 BC was found in South Africa. Read at the following articles (when you have a chance): www.taneter.org/writing.html and www.livescience.com
Linguistic study on phoneme of human languages are trace back to 50,000 to 70,000 years ago. This study concludes all the world’s 6,000 modern languages. In 2011, a world renown cultural anthropologist research scientist by the name of Dr. Quentin Atkinson conducted a study of language and concluded that all languages have a common beginning, which is West Africa.
Phonemes are distinct sounds used in 504 languages from around the world. The number of sounds varies hugely from language to language.
Piraha: 11 (Brazil)
Roro: 14 (Papua New Guinea)
Bandjalang: 16 (Australia)
Bodo: 21 (Tibet)
Warao: 21 (Venezuela)
Inuit: 22 (Greenland)
Tagalog: 23 (Philippines)
Farsi: 30 (Iran)
Mandarin: 32 (China)
Kurdish: 47 (Iraq)
Igbo: 59 (Nigeria)
Dahalo: 59 (Kenya)
Hadza: 62 (Tanzania)
Archi: 91 (Dagestan, Russia)
Xu: 141 (South Africa)
The study correlates the theory of Africans first introductions and interactions with “Cavemen” of the Caucasus mountains which were occupied mainly by Dagestan, Russia and the Irish which are believed to be the descendant of the Phoenicians. Neanderthals or Cavemen have contributed approximately 1-4% of the genomes of non-African modern humans, although a modern human who lived about 40,000 years ago has been found to have between 6-9% Neanderthal DNA (Fu et al 2015).
Now, here is where it gets good:
The above chart states that all European language developed from one point, even if one states it’s from Sumerian, let’s look at this view:
Malaysian professor, Dr. K. Loganathan, who believes that Sumerian was an ancient form of Tamil, the most widely used language in present-day south India.ie the Sumerians and Dravidians (non-Aryan Indians) once had a common ancestor Amala Singh & few others too pointed out some similarities.
However S. N. Kramer said:”Sumerian resembles such agglutinative languages very much as Turkish, Hungarian, and some of the Caucasian languages. In vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, however, Sumerian still stands alone and seems to be unrelated to any other language, living or dead.
“Dr Ashok malhotra posted “It is of considerable interest to trace where the ancient Sumerians emerged from because of their primary contribution to human civilization. It was suggested that Sumerians appeared in Southern Mesopotamia around five and half thousand years ago carrying with them the seeds of civilization. It was also suggested that they migrated from the west coast of India.Clyde A. Winters wrote: A genealogical relationship exist between the Black African, Dravidian, Elamite and Sumerian
Is it Pig Latin or Pidgin? Dialect of English or Ebonics?
noun:a language that has developed from a mixture of two or more languages and is used for communicating by people who do not speak each other’s language.
The Evolution of Pidgin
Restricted- the infancy of fundamental communications between different language groups.
Extended- prolong contact between different language groups and used as a situation focused way of communication.
Creole- the survival of Pidgin that is passed to a next generation in substitution of a native language.
Standardization- The act of structuring the Creole language to a formalize and rigid standard.
At this point, I’m hoping that I don’t have to point out that Black Americans are not actually speaking what is formally known as English but a dialect of their original language, as English history have its beginnings in Africa.
Outline of Exhibition Concept:
Often ignorantly thought of as primitive compared to other religions, West Africa historical religions still hold the same reverence by its current population as it did for their ancestor however, flavored with Abrahamic influences. The known religious’ rites consist of mythological symbolism which creates a connection to their God or Onyame.
Themes and Topics
The ancient Bantu people of West Africa were monotheistic in their worship, the sky or the sun god was worship of Akhenaten (In some research texts called Moses) in Egypt in 1300 B.SC. monotheism versus polytheism begin to arise. (Carr and Carr, 2018) The Yoruba of West
Given thought is that between 950 B.C.E and 600 B.C.E was the building of Solomon’s kingdom, which would have bought contact with Africans.
The similarity of animals sacrifice between the West Africans and the biblical First Kingdom Temple of the Israelites are identical yet embraced traditional organic beliefs of deities within their natural surrounding and that their ancestors whom died for them were watching over them. (Tablet Magazine, 2018)
West Africa’s native or original religion are; Anthropocentric: meaning human center; the Akan believe that all people are God’s children; on is a child of the earth; Kra- before a person is born that the must stand before God to be given their destiny. Sunsum-in a sleep state the soul leaves the body when under witchcraft, Ntoro- a woman’s body becomes her husbands.
The Akon Dance, dancers performed to aid priests before a deity shrine to create a trance or to be release from a trance. This is a communal dance geared to help with special needs of persons in seek of help. The priest or priestess in painted white clay, symbolizes victory over the laments. In comparison to the Holy Ghost or the celebration of Deuteronomy 16:9 (Torah) Pentecost mention in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-31(New Testament of the Holy Bible) and Darvesh, (dhikr,) Mystic Rumi (Sufi Muslim) through physical execution or religious practices achieve a trance like state to reach God. Sufism or Tasawwuf, (Islam, not in text of the Holy Quran) a named subscribed by British Orientalist. a mystical practice.
Africans practice the circumcision of female and male alike was an initiation ritual into West African religions called the Okwalual Abaana and Okuzina abalongo for twins. Africa’s God Olodumare, his orishas (minor-gods or angels,) were birthed by both male and female virgins who had sexual intercourse.
The last couple of paragraphs come from a paper that was written by me. I’m using this paper to show that in the beginning there was always worship in spirituality in Africa, I believe that my forefather was created by God and made in his image. This is image was to create life and rule of the dominion of the earth. Somewhere along the course time the message was corrupt, and spirituality became structure religion, I believe if the “Paul” vs ” Peter” would have played out in the order that it was meant to be, that the world would be much different.
I know, I know, but I lean of that ” last shall be first and the first shall be last” thing applying that the angel and man relationship. For instance, if black absorbs all wavelengths of light and converts the wavelengths into heat, which is the image of God. Then we white which reflects all wavelengths of light, so the light is not converted into heat. This in my thinking would explain the rebel theory, if I was among the creatures that God created first to glorified him but not be of him, I would probably be a little jealous and have hate for the creature that was created to be the exact image of God and capable of bringing forth life.
So, I submit today, that the Black American culture is not the sub-culture of the United States, but the culture of the United States is a branch of the Black American.