Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Book Excerpt Of The Week: Part 1- “The Destruction of Black Civilization” By: Chancellor Williams

“Here scholars from foreign lands came to study, and from here, religious ideas and architectural designs spread abroad. The early Greeks and Romans eagerly copied from both, reshaped them and made them integral parts of an ‘original’ Western culture. During periods of decline or conquests, Europe and Asia seized and transported from Africa as much of the artifacts of its civilization as they could. Cambyses, for example, as early as the sixth century B.C., hauled away over $100,000,000 of precious historical materials from Thebes alone. Cambyses was only one of countless thousands who invaded the tomb repositories of black history during each of the many periods of foreign invasions and foreign rule. For these tombs not only contained valuable historical records in different forms, but also great treasures in gold and precious stones. In these cases, the historical records were generally destroyed incidentally, and not deliberately. The raids on graves and the great tombs were for the great treasures to be found there. But the stolen gold and other treasures were of no importance when compared with the mass of priceless historical materials that are scattered over Europe and Asia, some in museums, some destroyed or thrown away, all from the heartland of black civilization. Today the descendants of the robbers still smugly declare, ‘The Blacks never had any worthwhile history; if so, where are their records?’ -From, “The Destruction of Black Civilization” By: Chancellor Williams

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