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Berenice Rojas Professor Gutierrez CHS 212-01 7 September 2021 Reading Reflection #2 The book “The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness” talks about European oppression through the rewritten history for their benefit. It explains how political agendas are hidden between “Black History Month” and other propaganda created to oppress and exploit Afrikan people. We are being conditioned by Eurocentric history-writing that we are in a caste, and each should behave and act in a certain way. They use history to manipulate and create an unreality of unconsciousness where “we are not famous until they make us famous” (pg. 33). This information is important because the author talks about how we forget about our culture. We are becoming part of this shared identity losing our roots and becoming a stereotype. Eurocentric history talks about the creation of nations and the discovery of continents with Native Americans when a record does not speak about the destruction, death, and torture of native people and countries that were done upon creating these so-called “new nations.” We need to go back to our roots and learn about the historical amnesia we deny reading and acknowledge. The author’s argument is coherent and convincing because we can see how Europeans wrote history books in their most convenient way. It was created as a form of propaganda as there is always capitalism involved. The book also talks about Black History month to commercialize and make a profit, when before, Black History seemed irrelevant and unprofitable. This book also talks about how Eurocentric history had taken history and rewritten to benefit them as they want to keep us in a hierarchy. We try to escape the past due to being ashamed that it determines what we are supposed to be are. Many deny being Afrikan and declared themselves African American because they are ashamed of the distorted representation of Afrikan history that made them think that before being slaves, they were “culturally invisible and savage” (pg. 35). This book reminded me of the book “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson, which talks about the underlying social infrastructure in our society that sustains inequality and injustices by using divisions and rankings. The intended audience for this reading is mainly Afrikan people but, minorities can feel identified as they are also being misrepresented in European history. The material seemed appropriate to its intended purpose as it made us realize that there are many things that history books do not teach, our cultures are not invisible, we were here before the arrival of Europeans. This reading brought many significant parts, as society is conditioned to behave and act in a certain way. The book talks about how we tend to follow a particular routine. We are expected to go to school, graduate, find a job, work every day of your life until retirement, and then die. We use a system of reward and punishment where everything revolves around money. And we even change ourselves trying to become other people. We say we are Afrikan-American, Mexican- American to forget our roots and our culture. If I could personally talk to the author, I would ask
him: What is in Harlem’s 125th Street that Koreans have so many businesses? Why is it that if Afrikan-Americans earn $300 billion per year but we have starving Afrikan-American children? Works Cited Wilson, Amos N. “Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness: Eurocentric History, Psychatry and the Politics of White Supremacy   (pp 12-45) learn-us-east-1-prod-fleet02- . Accessed 9 July 2021.
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