Telling Our Own Stories . . .
Ebony Histories.com is designed to tell the stories of Black People in the United States of America, past and present. Some historical material is added to provide background for the events which have affected us. Our presence in this country is mostly unique because:
- Our African ancestors were not immigrants from Europe, they were kidnapped and treated as sub-human tools of industry.
- Our ancestors did not share the historical, religious, cultural and economic background of the Europeans who enslaved them.
- The African slaves and their descendants were not able to “blend in” with other colonial and United States people due to their skin color (Just one detectable sign of African ancestry was and is enough to put a person in the “Black” category)
- Even if we adopted the religious, cultural and economic practices of whites we were not accepted as equals by most whites in the British colonies and the states which they evolved into.
So – We must tell our own stories about our people. We must remind ourselves what is important in our past, present and future.
Most of the Native Americans were killed off by conflicts with the Europeans. Most of the poor and indentured servant whites who came here were able to eventually blend into the general white society.
Most of us Black folks can be identified as Black. Even the Black man who has twice been elected President of the United States cannot blend.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
These words were not meant for us. If they had been intended for African-Americans the poem may have to read:
“Give me your kidnapped, your beaten,
Your shackled masses yearning to get free,
The condemned dragged to this shore,
Send these, the persecuted, who survived the storm-tossed slave ships to me,
I lift my whip beside my back door!”
Our different experiences have produced different memories and stories!
Use this site to add to the stories of our people. General Topic categories are listed and your can comment on these topics from your perspective.