In part one, I shared our 2016-2017 world history textbook is Robin Walker’s When We Ruled and a little about why I made the decision to use this text. Today, I’d like to share a bit more on why and how we are using his amazing work.
Why We Are Using: Is Black History Slave History?
This photo summarizes how history is taught to African-Americans:
Now, it is bad enough that this is the opening act in U.S. History, but World History? So many questions remain like:
- What were “slaves” doing in Africa before slavery?
- If they were in Africa, were they really slaves?
- If they were not slaves, what were they doing?
- If Africa had so many people with dark skin in the country, how did they become slaves and why are “white” people there now?
- When did people with lighter skin come to Africa?
- If darker skin people were in Africa and the bible we read seemed to take place just “above Africa”, how did Jesus and the others become “white”?
- Were people in Egypt “white” or “black”?
- If “white”, how did they get that way, evolution?
- What did that make Moses?
- What color were the people when the Hebrews, Joseph, Jacob, and Abraham went to Egypt?
- What happened and who built those pyramids?
As you could see, working backward from where we are today generates many questions that need to be answered. Just working from slavery in America to today only provides one narrative, and that’s HIS-story. Needless-to-say, HIS-story usually goes like this:
- African’s were savage people that were running around uncivilized in Africa, so Europeans started off with good intentions by giving them Christianity and brought them here to America like immigrants.
- The early immigration plan went too far, and some evil people misused and mistreated those Africans, and made them slaves and treated them really bad.
- Remember, they were savages. Therefore, the “bad treatment” they received in the “New World” was still probably better than their lives in Africa because after all, their own African people sold them to the Europeans anyway.
- It was all God’s plan for without slavery, Black people would not know Christ.
- Overall, without coming to America, African’s would still be running through the jungle with spears and no clothes because they never advanced to be civilized like other “races”.
- Glory, Glory, Halleluiah, his untruth keeps marching on…school year after school year.
How We Are Using
As I stated previously, we are using the study guide as to set the pace for our lessons. Each day, my 15 and 12-year-olds have a portion to read and in some cases, write an essay on. As a matter of fact, I’m not going to go too deep into this as we will soon be giving an example! As their midterm final, they are to:
- Choose any book in the bible.
- Find a bible map that (if accurate and true) shows who inhabited that region when the book was written.
- What nation was in charge?
- How did they get there?
- Based on what has been found and what Robin Walker states about that area, describe the people and their culture?
Now previously, one of the more interesting books in our library was written in 1881. What do you think that book said and what was the prevailing thought of “the negro” in 1881? Well, take a look:
Now to have in the library, fine, as it’s an interesting piece of work. But to teach, no thanks (at least not for the purposes generally recommended).
Robin Walker opens up When We Ruled by asking in chapter one, “What is Black History?” He goes on to quote the aforementioned Professor William Hansberry along with Professor Cheikh Anta Diop, the great Senegalese scholar to narrow our focus and begin to break of the hardened ground in our minds. Then the chapter flies over North Africa, West Africa, Ethiopia, Southern Africa and the East African Coast, proving that pyramids, royal palaces, and many other great massive structures were built on the continent that remain to this day but is rarely seen. Why are they not seen and why are they not tourists attractions like the structures in Rome, Paris, and Greece?
Photo Source: By Wufei07 – Own work, Public Domain,
When We Ruled is filled with many different diagrams, maps and photos throughout the 700+pages. So can find many various avenues to turn down to begin exploration on other historical events and places.
Now the next semester is soon upon us in a couple of weeks. If you do not have your copy (feel free to order from our affiliate link below) and want to join us on this journey, now is the time! But more importantly, now is the time to for us to know the truth about our past than we know about European history. After all, the knowledge contained in When We Ruled will do me and my children far more benefit, than knowing all about Zeus, Aphrodite, and Medusa, to name just a few myths that are forever etched in my brain taking up space.
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8 thoughts on “When We Ruled by Robin Walker – Part Two”
Thanks for the feedback Anthea! You’ll find that the book is definitely a keeper in your library. My only problem, which is a good one to have I guess, is that the book is so deep that I need time to absorb the concepts and “think” in order spur thoughts in the kids. The study guide is a tremendous help in staying ahead of their readings.
I have bought the book. Ironically, it came from the US, even though Robin Walker is British. It is a great size for study, as the format is not too unwieldy. I am awaiting the arrival of the Study Guide, which I sorely need. Since our dc are 14 and 11, I will probably use it to educate myself before using it with them.
Thanks for this follow-up post. The questions that you included were really thought-provoking.
Now, I must be a bit dim, because I cannot understand the flowchart in the 1881 textbook which you have reproduced. Could you explain it for me, please? I see that it is something about the dispersal of people groups after the Flood, but after that I am at a loss.
Happy New Year Anthea! Actually, the snapshot was from one of the pages that basically explain the likely origin of skin color. I agree with this and many historical points in that 1881 work. But of course, we know this would later be used as the basis to create “races”. Allow me to defer to my favorite source on the topic, Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis, as he does a superb job breaking down the topic and why I say, “so-called white” and “so-called black” in my writings and speech.
“In Genesis 11 we read of the rebellion at the Tower of Babel. God judged this rebellion by giving each family group a different language. This made it impossible for the groups to understand each other, and so they split apart, each extended family going its own way, and finding a different place to live. The result was that the people were scattered over the earth…Because of the new language and geographic barriers, the groups no longer freely mixed with other groups, and the result was a splitting of the gene pool. Different cultures formed, with certain features becoming predominant within each group. The characteristics of each became more and more prominent as new generations of children were born. If we were to travel back in time to Babel, and mix up the people into completely different family groups, then people groups with completely different characteristics might result. For instance, we might find a fair-skinned group with tight, curly dark hair that has blue, almond-shaped eyes. Or a group with very dark skin, blue eyes, and straight brown hair.” – https://answersingenesis.org/racism/are-there-really-different-races/
O.K., now I get it. Thanks for that. I heard Ken Ham speak here a couple of years ago, and found him both winsome and thought-provoking.
Excellent post! (As always)!!!
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