A PBS Series Explores 5 Centuries of Black History

NPR, August 7, 2013

After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race. But Henry Louis Gates thinks the more direct way for structural change is through schools and their curriculum.

That’s what he’s hoping will happen with “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a six-hour PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history.

“To tell the whole sweep of African-American history—no one’s tried to do that. That was what we were crazy enough to do,” Gates said in an interview on Wednesday.

He hopes the series will find its way into the nation’s schools as well as its living rooms, and acquaint audiences of all ages—both black and white—with black history, about which he says both races are equally ignorant.

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An author, Harvard scholar, social critic and filmmaker, Gates has produced such past documentary series as “Wonders of the African World” and “Finding Your Roots.”

In this latest project, he reaches back to the beginning—which turns out to be about a century earlier than many accounts of black history in the New World.

“The very first African to come to North America was a free man accompanying Ponce de Leon who arrived in Florida in 1513, more than a century before the first 20 Africans arrived in Jamestown in 1620,” Gates said. “Nobody was talking about those first 107 years of African-American history.”

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Gates said that between 1501 and 1866, 388,000 slaves were brought from Africa to the United States, with 42 million of their descendants alive today.

“We want to tell about the world they created, how they survived, and how they eventually thrived,” he said. “This isn’t the history of George Washington, it’s the history of his slave, Harry Washington. This isn’t the story of ‘American Bandstand,’ it’s the story of ‘Soul Train.'”

“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” premieres October 22.

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  • Puggg

    Conveniently, this won’t air during pledge week.

    • PBS hauls out the white bread family friendly rah rah America non-propaganda programming during pledge week, promises that your membership will fund more such programming, then uses your money to fund bilge like this.

      Incidentally, when PBS made Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose into a TV series, I am told that the PBS affiliate in St. Louis all of sudden had one technical difficulty after another after another while they aired it. Though I bet that they didn’t have these bizarre technical difficulties when it got to the part where immigration was discussed, because both Friedman and PBS have the same opinions on it, open borders all the way. Even though Friedman did invent the axiom that open borders and welfare states are incompatible; he said it in terms of not wanting a welfare state.

      • Steven Bannister

        Yes, pledge week is DEFINITELY a very white week for PBS. Not only 1950’s stuff, but Simon & Garfunkel Concerts, the soothing philosophy of self help author Dr Wayne Dyer (he’s actually pretty good) and some knockout footage of Frank Sinatra at Carnegie Hall.

        Watching this type of programming is very inspirational and makes white people more apt to bring out their checkbooks. Heck, as soon as PBS drops 100% of it’s anti-white programming, I’ll cut them a check too!

        • Erasmus

          I no longer donate to NPR and PBS, just as I will no longer donate to the GOP unless things change radically and they dump all that open borders dreck.

          • Thor Bonham

            Why in the world would you/anyone EVER donate to NPR , never mind PBS ?

          • Steven Bannister

            I said I would donate if they dropped 100% of their anti-white programming. Don’t worry, that’s not going to happen anytime soon!

      • Puggg

        old white people dancing to the music that won World War II and 1950s
        bubble gum songs, shows where you see bubbles being made in a bubble
        machine while people in the background play polka music

        And now you know who primarily gives money to PBS.

      • Luca

        I am a big fan of Friedman and I think you may have taken his remarks slightly out of context. His discussions were viewed through the prism of his field of expertise, economics.

        From an economics analytical standpoint, he is basically saying:

        If there are no jobs and no welfare, immigrants will not come. If there are no jobs, the economy is bad, then wages will drop for taxpayers and there will be unemployment. This is bad.

        If there are jobs and no welfare, legal and illegal immigrants will come. Therefore this must be good. Low-end jobs being filled for low wages, no unemployment and no drain on taxpayers is good economics.

        If there is welfare and no jobs, immigrants will come. This is bad, it drains taxpayers.

        If there are jobs and welfare, immigrants will come. Not good, as it drains taxpayers while filling low-end jobs and dropping wages.

    • APaige

      I guess white guilt is only payable indirectly through government programs…not a direct tax through donations. SPOILER ALERT: I bet the plot will be… in chains…punished…some escapes…cotton…Jim Crow…migration north…marches…civil rights laws…the end. Anyone notice the discussion of the civil rights movement always incorporates Judeo-Christian descriptive terms within the ‘struggle’ (Walls come tumbling down, Promised Land, etc.) but never discuss the consequences of giving blacks more freedom? Crime, affirmative action, Detroit, etc, etc. I guess the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

      • Romulus

        Paved with good intentions was a great book about race relations.

      • Sick of it

        They don’t discuss the fake black churches either. You know, political churches.

        • gemjunior

          Are you talking about those churches they burned themselves and blamed white people for it? You mean all through the ’90s when Clinton got on his soapbox about all the black churches that were burned by whitey and then they found out they were hoaxes by Earl and Tyrone and Quantavious they never came forth and retracted the accusations?

        • Tacitus1

          “social justice ” = left wing propaganda. When a church preaches that…RUN !

          • Sick of it

            I have in the past. It’s becoming more and more common.

      • Erasmus

        We’re finally having that conversation about race that grifters like Gates, Obama and $harpton had been demanding, and now they’re pi$$ed because it’s a real conversation, with people speaking the truth, and not their simply offering us a one-sided hectoring.

        I am tired of having to pretend that I’m not mostly wasting my time by listening to people from cultures that never even invented the wheel, who would still all be living in mud huts and defecating in the public square.

        • gemjunior

          “”and defecating in the public square.””
          LOL or in the urinals in the men’s room at M&S in London. When an African guy did that and he was told it was wrong he started shouting racism. Not kidding. How is that for a chuckle.

      • capnmorgan5150

        Not to mention the god in the bible is pretty much ok with slavery.

        • OlderWoman

          Slavery was imposed due to the debt owed. And the Hebrews had to release them during the year of Jubilee.

      • gemjunior

        What a wonderful synopsis of the plot. It’s da troof. Word.

      • saxonsun

        I hate the term “struggle.” And I hate “social justice” even more. What a neat euphemism for robbing white people.

    • Erasmus

      I doubt Gates will mention that while most black men aren’t violent criminals, most violent criminals are, very disproportionately, black.

      • evilsandmich

        I also doubt that he’ll mention that no black people are going to watch his show.

    • Tacitus1

      I thought of that too. I love Celtic Women but only get that sort of classy stuff when they want money.

  • Gates said that between 1501 and 1866, 388,000 slaves were brought from Africa to the United States, with 42 million of their descendants alive today.

    Too bad Planned Parenthood wasn’t around in 1865. That is nearly a 7 fold increase in population in ~150 years.

    • me

      Frightening!

  • DLRisVH

    YAWN……….

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Yeah no kidding. I don’t care about their pathetic half made up history. Want some non YAWN inducing black history? There’s an especially evil ol’ website called chimpout that has some hilarious Wikipedia style entries about black countries. Well worth a gander.

  • A Freespeechzone

    You can bet that this won’t be ‘fair and balanced’ given the mindset of that bigoted racist, Henry Louis Gates.

    • sbuffalonative

      He’ll turn up a couple obscure tangential black man and write a sweeping ‘narrative’ of what their presence meant to the founding of America.
      We can turn this around.
      We can start blaming the black man for participating in the death of native Americans.
      Of course, Mr. Gates will write the ‘narrative’ that this black man was the only person who had a conscious and tried to protect the natives from Europeans.

  • din_do_nuffins

    Henry Louis Gates (what’s his real African name?) Anti White Privilege Structural Initiative

    1. Force my n’rophilia series into all public schools.

    2. Force colleges to stop admitting White students who haven’t seen my series and given standing ovations at appointed times.

    3. Force private White flight academies to build their entire curriculum around my series as requirement to keep tax exempt status, ditto for churches.

  • bigone4u

    Henry Louis Gates, take your propaganda and as Baretta used to say on TV back in the 70s, “Put it where the sun never shines.”

  • OlderWoman

    500 years??? More lies, fairy tales and mythology from government-funded television.

    • Sick of it

      The Spanish started importing black slaves with the island of Hispaniola (The Dominican Republic/Haiti today) as the natives (American Indians) died out due to exposure to smallpox. The trans-Atlantic slave trade alone is older than most folks realize. While the Arabs had black slaves as early as the 8th or 9th centuries and the Saudis have black slaves to this very day(!), we’re supposed to be the ultimate bad guys.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Black DNA has brought low at least two (once) non-black civilizations – Egypt and Islamic/Arab.

        • evilsandmich

          Should check out pictures of the people in Yemen; they really aren’t even Arab anymore.

  • negrolocaust

    i totally stopped watching or listening to pbs mpt npr etc because they are totally anti-white and pro black power. dont ever watch them

    • me

      Anti-European American, anti-truth, and Marxist to the core. Just another propaganda machine for the non-goy to dumb down the masses.

  • David Ashton

    We have a Black History Month in Britain. It is so poverty-stricken of real material, compared to white achievements, that I feel sorry for blacks who have to endure this embarrassment produced by their own anti-white moaners and white sillies.

    • sbuffalonative

      Black history generally falls into three categories. Blacks were oppressed. A black man was here. A black man did something white men have been doing for years.

      Here in Buffalo, blacks are always searching for evidence of a black man in Buffalo’s history. Basically, they’re looking for evidence that regardless of how many white people built Buffalo, finding evidence of a black man proves Buffalo owes it’s history (if not the city itself) to the black man.

      Last winter, I was in north Buffalo and I came upon this sign that fits into the category, ‘A black man was here’:

      • bigone4u

        Hilarious stupidity shown by that sign. The black guy “helped successfully repel” as did thousands of whites who get no sign honoring them. If it wasn’t so funny and stupid, I would cry.

        • sbuffalonative

          That’s exactly what I think when I see these signs.
          Right now, they’re rebuilding Buffalo’s waterfront.
          They’re already floating the ‘narrative’ of a runaway slave who passed through at the time.
          No mention of the thousands of Irish who built the Erie Canal terminus or the thousands of white dock workers.
          Despite all that whites did to design, build, maintain, engineer, etc, It’s likely the new waterfront will be a tribute to one runaway slave.
          That’s how blacks claim history. They write ‘narratives’. Keep your eye on that word.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Yeah a British invasion of fat white woman that he stopped by inviting them over for beer and s+m. As for the fire it was one of the ones he started while trying to get rid of evidence.

      • me

        Franklin helped successfully repel a British invasion by having the first recorded chimpout in US history–not out of ‘patriotism’, but because the British soldiers had absconded with all of the chickens in Buffalo.

    • Romulus

      There is no such thing as African history in Britain. There nothing but parasites. Africans are not British. Neither are the pakis, Indians( dots),orientals, Jews,muslims,Romans ,French, etc.,etc.,etc.
      I know that you know this. Im just flabbergasted that their is such a thing in Britain. I say eff their history. It should be ZERO when it comes to Britain. Im now entirely PO’d that there is such a thing.

      • Sick of it

        One could argue the above re: America, excepting the French, who did contribute a little (esp. during the American Revolution).

        • Romulus

          That goes part and parcel to the galvanization of America. Im a (insert whatever) hyphenated American. Even Teddy Roosevelt said it would be a tragedy if America became a tangling squabble of nationalities. That is exactly what it has become.

      • Luca

        Most classic White Brits have a DNA chemistry that includes Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          The Normans being Christianized Vikings on horses.

      • Bossman

        Did you forget that there a thing called British colonialism and the slave trade? British history is very much tied to the African slave trade and the sugar islands of the Caribbean. Before that, Britain was just a cold rainy island fighting religious wars with its continental neighbors.

        • Romulus

          Let me clarify for you, smart guy (sarcasm)
          WITH THE ISLAND ITSELF!!!!! AFRICANS ARE NEITHER BRITISH NOR ENGLISH!!! AFRICANS AREN’T EVEN EUROPEAN. IF THEY WERE THEY WOULDN’T BE AFRICAN!! What is it that is so hard for you to understand?? Do you think that were supposed to forget 100,000 yrs of evolution and 10,000 yrs of history? I truly hope dieversity pays you a visit real soon.

        • Romulus

          Let me clarify for you,smart guy(sarcasm)!
          With the island itself!!! If Africans were European,they wouldn’t be Africans!! Why is this so hard to comprehend! The indigenous people of Europe created the culture and are the only aboriginals to the island. Exactly how only Polynesians are the only true Hawaiians. The parallel is the same! The sioux are the sioux. No one else can make that claim. It matters not that Europe is being overrun with foreigners.

    • Bossman

      During the days of the slave trade, Britain became very rich building ships and making supplies for that trade. The slave trade provided employment for thousands of British people. Perhaps during Black History Months, the promoters of that event could talk about that. Entire towns used to be dependent on that trade. Very few Africans were imported into Britain during those times because there was no need for them there and what is most strange is that the very few who were brought there all intermarried with white people.

      • David Ashton

        Oh, the promoters do. There is not a lot else for them to talk about, though some of their comments about Liverpool were exposed as exaggerations. It is interesting that Carlyle, Kingsley and Dickens were more concerned about the misery of English workers.

  • Skip Wellington

    What about rap music, raucous laughter, hand-jive, ebonics or gang signs?

    • me

      Don’t forget flash mobs, knockout games, drug culture, single motherhood, random violence, and anti-education culture.

    • Tinfoil A22hat

      Jenkem, twerkin’, necklacing, hilarious first names, weaves, lip plates, grillz, hoopties, whistle tips, a ~150 year+ long crimewave…

  • Do my eyes fool me, or is modern day liberal icon Ralph Waldo Emerson listed here as someone praising this book?

    • din_do_nuffins

      He’s not praising it- just a lifted quotation.

      Lots of the progressive liberals were good old fashioned racists to the core, because they knew that America can’t truly reach greatness while the black undertow undermines all we build.

      Abortion is progressive liberalism at its most extreme, but it was intended for the progress of Whites through fewer blacks.

      • Sick of it

        Woah, read page 14. Talk about prophetic.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Even as a liblefty dupe I always felt morally uncomfortable with the use of abortion as a nuclear option of birth prevention. Seemed to indicate a certain hedonistic lack of self control and ability to plan for the future.

        Considering the state of our world I am now against abortion for our people except in cases of rape, etc….

        But considering the reality of the average Negro’s lack of capacity for self control and ability to plan for the future…

        I know we are not supposed to go here, understand and respect the wisdom of this Amren guideline, but it pertains to the discussion and has always bothered me.

        I have serious problems with those churches who, I suppose in a never ending hunt for depraved souls to save, oppose abortion on the ground that such is a form of black genocide. Really? Wow. My proposal to them is to adopt every un-aborted ghetto black bastard that is currently a ward of the state and raise them right. Pay their bills and fines, teach them good morality, and then marry them off to your co-religionists children. This will ensure a lowering of IQ and increase of depravity which should keep these denominations in business for a long time.

    • Buck Roeser

      Emerson was a diehard abolitionist. He and Thoreau helped quite a bit with the underground railroad. Both protested vehemently against the fugitive slave act.

      • I do know that many of the abolitionists were hardly racial egalitarians. They opposed slavery because they didn’t want blacks in America, and their opposition to slavery was more akin to animal rights activism today.

        • Romulus

          Agreed! It certainly wasn’t for love of the negroes race or miscegenation.

        • Buck Roeser

          “din_do_nuffins” hit the nail on the head, though, about Emerson’s praise being lifted. Emerson’s praise for “Leaves of Grass” was plastered on an edition of the book by Whitman himself. Trouble is, Emerson praised the book in a private letter to Whitman; he had no intention of seeing his praise used to sell the book, and was said to be quite peeved. Emerson, to be fair, was something of a reluctant abolitionist, mostly pulled along by Thoreau and the rest of the transcendentalists, particularly Bronson Alcott (Lousia May Alcott’s father). Emerson’s abolitionism was more than likely intellectual rather than mostly practical. His support of the underground railroad was much more limited than Thoreau’s–Thoreau and his family actually kept runaway slaves in their house while helping them on their way to Canada. Emerson, I believe, mostly gave moral support. One quite tangible benefit of the Fugitive Slave act was that since a runaway slave could be apprehended and returned even from a free state, it steered quite a few of them all the way to Canada, and out of our hair.

  • Skip Wellington

    Oh, maybe a reenactment of the recent hate-crime perpetrated against Oprah.
    Her noble progress to access a high-end purse was thwarted by a rayciss!

    • me

      Yeah, that was hilarious! Orca Winfrey had no race card to play with the Trois Pommes handbag shop in Zurich. The resulting chimpout was pure gold! LOL!

  • KittyAmerica

    In my book on the history of Pulaski County (Virginia), it states that the slaves who ran away with Union soldiers after s battle there, returned to their masters after they were disillusioned when freedom didn’t mean freedom from work.
    Thats the Negro History.

    • me

      Too true! A majority of the ’emancipated’ slaves were too dumb and lazy to learn how to fend for themselves…..Hey, wait a cotton-pickin’ minute…..

    • BigMacAttack365Black

      Perhaps some still think that’s what it should mean – full emancipation hasn’t been realized yet you see!

      The terrble, terrble, legocy of da slabery still lingers, I tell you!

    • Sick of it

      I’m sure they quickly found out how much the yankees hated them and actually missed us. Go figure.

  • APaige

    At least they do not lie and title the program as 500 years of ‘accomplishments’.

  • ncpride

    Yeah, well… Try to bring this to my child’s classroom and he won’t be present for nary a viewing. That’s a promise.

    • me

      Yeah, tell the Marxist teacher your child has ‘Negro fatigue’, and won’t be present for the indoctrination session.

  • Sue

    Ah, slavery or the eternal victim. Haven’t we heard this story before since oh 1940 or so?

    • me

      A page ripped out of the non-goy handbook….

  • me

    Quote:That’s what he’s hoping will happen with “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a six-hour PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history.
    SIX HOURS?! The last 500 years could be summed up in two minutes.
    1) Blacks are violent, low-IQ parasites that hate European Americans, yet cannot bear to be
    separated from them.
    2) Blacks have an undeserved and insatiable sense of entitlement.
    3) Blacks are encouraged to be violent idiots by their non-goy handlers.
    4) Blacks have a very large chip on their shoulders, and have no grounds for thinking their
    historical ‘suffering’ is any greater than any other racial group. They stole that one from
    the non-goy.
    5) Blacks are incapable of self-determination. They cannot live without the support of other
    peoples. This has been proven time and time again, with readily available proof that’s so
    conclusive that even a moron could understand the difference between Detroit and Paris.
    6) Historically, the Blacks have invented nothing of value–even though the non-goy’s
    incessant propaganda of Black Invention Myths, Blacks represented disproportionately in
    the media as the ‘magic Negroes’, and the non-goy’s determination to glorify the feral
    Bantu as a paragon of wisdom and virtue.
    I could go on, but we know the rest of the story….

  • DailyKenn

    Gates is one of the more honest black historians.

    • Evette Coutier

      Honest black historian? That’s like one of those oxymorons.

      • Truthseeker

        It’s true. He actually wrote a piece for the New York Times a few
        years ago saying that Africans were responsible for selling their people into slavery, and that making whites out to be the sole bad guys in the whole slavery narrative was inappropriate. Considering how many blacks ignore the facts and try to make whites into the scapegoat for every bad thing that ever happened to them, I had to give him credit for being honest about it.

        • Evette Coutier

          T must be his Irish half that wrote that article.

    • Luca

      He is about 10% or so white, that might explain some of that mystery.

  • Evette Coutier

    This show will not be about blacks. It will be about whites mistreating blacks.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Yes they are so useless its all they can do.

    • Sick of it

      He could have made a program on African peoples over the centuries…and instead went with the victim card. Hardly something to build self-esteem.

    • dukem1

      Exactly.

  • Funruffian

    Black history is a joke and can never be accounted prior to slavery being implemented. Do we really care about the misadventures of the first Black slave brought to The Americas? If I were Black I would never want to rehash my history with my children.

  • IKantunderstand

    Why doesn’t Dr. Gates address African American history when, you know, they started off as Africans, before they became slaves, and you know, then take it from there? Oh, would that be because the Africans had no written language? Had no idea who had been born, (did they actually have names?), who had died, where, who gave birth to whom. No written, language, NO RECORDS. Let’s face it, the only African descendants in the world today, who have even a clue about their roots, are African Americans. And, only, because they were brought here as slaves. I will bet you everything I own, that Blacks in America know more about their ancestors, than anybody living in Africa today. (Colonialism notwithstanding). Dr. Gates, I feel sorry for you. It must be terribly tough to feel that you have to support your pathetic genetic background, although, as I understand it, you are mostly European by DNA; but, sadly, you look like you are Black. It’s embarrassing being Black, isn’t it? Especially, being as smart as you are. Sad that, European DNA may manifest itself in brains, but hardly ever in looks. Hey! It’s just DNA behaving stupidly.

    • Ed_NY

      In my first year of forced diversity (busing) at school, we had to do a project on the family tree. As I recall, most if not all blacks had a hard time going back just 1 generation. I remember one particular black say that he never knew his father and that his maternal uncle was from a nearby housing project. That was the extent of his family tree. This project was soon discarded and it took me many years to realize why.

  • cablegirls

    NPR’s very first sentence is a Black history lie: “After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing…” Since when is it a tragedy to defend oneself against an extremely violent, determined attacker? But so goes the recording of contemporary Black history.

  • Luca

    This should be required reading in every high school in America. It gives us good insight into the negro psyche.

  • MerlinV

    Please also remind us how blacks built the pyramids too and put a man on mars back in the 1600s.

    It will be seen that when we classify mankind by colour the only one of the primary races, given by this classification, which has not made a creative contribution to any one of our twenty-one civilizations is the Black race. — Dr. Arnold Toynbee, The Study of History

    • Whitetrashgang

      Maybe they ate a mars candy bar while breaking into a pyramid.

  • Sick of it

    Thanks for putting this up. It’s hard to find copies of many older books today.

  • Steven Bannister

    Can’t wait.

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    There was once a skit on “Who’s line is it anyway”, where someone was supposed to act out “what George Bush thinks about”, and the person who was assigned that made his point by just standing there quietly. The audience roared with laughter.

    A similar parodied skit pops into my head if I were to imagine being asked to act out “500 years of black history”.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Amen. Free download too.

  • anton drexler

    According to Hegel, and even Marx agreed, black “history” is of more interest to zoologists than historians.

  • JohnEngelman

    “We want to tell about the world they created, how they survived, and how they eventually thrived,” he said.

    – NPR, August 7, 2013

    To the extent that blacks have thrived it is because they have been introduced to a civilization vastly superior to anything they have been able to create on their own.

  • Spartacus

    “Wonders of the African World”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    You mean horrors, right ? Cannibalism, Gang-raping 1-year olds for magical powers, no written form of language, eating pygmies for magical powers…. Need I go on ?

  • JackKrak

    An honest “history of African-Americans” would really be the history of what happened around them while there were just hanging out.

    Only funny because it’s true.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Ah, comedy!

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    One day, Kunta Kinta was looking for some uranium ore in order to invent the fusion reactor, when suddenly, some white alien devils countered his self-defensive force field with some magic hoodoo beads, and took him captive. He was later forced to toil in the fields as a common laborer picking cotton, but before he could quite figure out how to turn cotton into cheAp, renewable fuel and a cure for all diseases, he met a descendant of Nefertiti, and produced a daughter of uncommon beauty named Kizzy, which in Classic Mboogu means, “Queen of the Mensa Tribe.” She was later raped by Chuck Connors (who always carried a rifle, but was secretly gay), and produced a son called “Chicken George Vereen”, so-called because of his advancements in the field of aviation. He could really dance good, too. Nothing much really happened after that, until his great, great, great grandson was elected our first African American president.

    The End

    • Luca

      Nice try, but African Americans can weave far more outrageous fairy tales than the one you just created. Examples of black fairy tales: The Government invented AIDS to destroy the black community, Snapple was involved in the Atlantic slave trade, the CIA brought crack cocaine into black neighborhoods to destroy them, blacks built the pyramids, etc. The list goes on for miles and miles.

      • Sick of it

        I like the above, but CIA involvement in the drug trade has been fairly well proven over the years. Specific targeting of blacks is ludicrous.

    • Bossman

      The history of Africans in the Americas is a little more interesting than that. Their contribution is hidden and very subtle. The USA would be a very different country had no Africans been imported. My own guess is that North America would all be British colonies speaking with British accents pretty much like Australia is today.

  • Thor Bonham

    “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a six-hour PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history.

    Blacks will only watch it for about 45 minutes, they have short attention spans and no whites will bother watching, other than your typical libtard that lives in their “whites only” gated communities..
    As usual PBS is wasting money ..

  • Spartacus

    Wonder if they’re gonna say anything about watermelons. I heard it’s a big part of their “culture” .

  • MekongDelta69

    “Gates has produced such past documentary series as “Wonders of the African World” and “Finding Your Roots.”

    PBS/NPR’s descriptions:
    Wonders of the African World” – “The heart-rending story of a wide-eyed little boy named de’Trayvonius who takes a one hour trip through Detroit.”

    Finding Your Roots” – “The charming and engaging story of little La’Howdoispellmyname’qa as she searches under her weave looking for the remnants of her hair, before she ventures out into the world to become de’Trayvonius’ baby momma.”

  • saxonsun

    To have a history, a group has to have a record of achievement. These people have no history of their own.

    • Ed_NY

      They do have some achievements, but those achievements are nothing to brag about. Read the “Color of Crime” and you can get an idea of black achievements.

    • Luca

      They are quite accomplished at being the “eternal victims”, along with another group that actually mentors them in this endeavor.

  • JohnEngelman

    The history of Negroes is of a barbarian people who never created their own civilization, and who have had difficulty adopting ours.

    Civilization cannot be learned in a generation or a century. It takes centuries of evolution. During this time intelligent people need to be more prolific than unintelligent people and criminals must be removed from the gene pool.

    • newscomments70

      Welfare and rape with impunity prevent evolution.

      • JohnEngelman

        During most of the past five thousand years intelligent people were more prolific than unintelligent people, and criminal justice systems were more draconian than they are now. Those with crime genes were less likely to urinate into the gene pool.

        • newscomments70

          Low IQ, violent criminals who refuse to work should starve to death. I hope we go back to the old ways. That’s what I’m pushing for.

  • newscomments70

    Even SNL satirized the ridiculous, over-the-top, looney, liberal programming of PBS.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Oh yeah – they always seemed to love the darkies. Nail on the head there. Portugal is more a part of Africa, I hate to say, than Europe.

    • Joseph

      -Brazil is the natural outcome. If only the whole world were like Brazil…

  • Romulus

    That was great! Glad your back from hiatus

  • Ella

    One of the earliest slaves in the 13 colonies was a German indentured servant according to UCT. Maybe they should discuss that much trading of slaves went South away from British colonies at first due to high costs of importing African slaves and the Scot-Irish and Germans did just fine until their early deaths. It was cheaper to import White indentured slaves, and eventually, African slaves were more desired from the West Indies. Oh, give thanks to your early globalists enslaving anyone at the cheapest prices! (sarcasm)

    • Bossman

      In those early days, the planters would have preferred white indentured servants but that did not work out too well, especially in the Caribbean islands. White men could not withstand the heat and insects of those places so they didn’t want to work. As for the native peoples, they would rather die than be subjected to forced labor.

  • Romulus

    Yes, your right! (1066). I was thinking of the Normans composition. If the norsemans males did the breeding into a smaller population of smarmy brunette mediterraneans, then I’ll concede that, they would look more like saxons. However, the Robin hood story, posits Saxon oppression by the Norman ruling class. If the Errol Flynn and Russell crowe movies are accurate of what the rulers looked like, then they would still be meditteraneans who just happen to speak a barbarian language. Remember Olivia de Haviland headdress, that is classic middle eastern attire. As is the socialism red and white checkered tablecloth. Even basil rathbone has a haji beak. Then it follows that as long as the fair/red haired celts ,germanics and Vikings gene pool remains the majority, the brunette meditteraneans would have been bred in. Same goes for the black(Mediterranean) Irish. Dublin and limerick we’re founded by the Vikings. Tribal name designators and or umbrella terms such as celts, germanics, and Scandinavians, doesn’t tell you what their common appearance would be. Which be nearly identical before all the migrations/invasions.

  • Tacitus1

    From my understand, about 445 million was allocated for public broadcasting in fiscal year 2012. There needs to be an ultimatum…lose either the leftist propaganda or the funding.

  • Rev. Jed

    During slow time today at the State Fair (*), I started in on this book, and I’m already halfway finished. Anyone who is tuned in enough to notice the nature of blacks today will read excerpts presented in this book about blacks in African in the 18th and 19th centuries, and notice the stark similarities right away. There’s really nothing new under the sun.

    (*) – No, I am not the Obama Clown. Strangely, that story is a much bigger deal outside the Fair than inside.

  • ricpic

    I wonder how a professional black like Gates rationalizes the fact that in large parts of Africa, where the dreaded white man has been banished, the levels of black barbarity and chaos are as high or higher than they are in black America, where black disfunction can be laid conveniently at the doorstep of white racism?

    • Ella

      I like PBS try to explain the three recent African genocides (without blaming Whites) since Hitler. Anyone with a brain knows there are many African ethnic groups that fight and slaughter to no end. Even Europe has its bordering conflicts like Russia–Poland and Germany–France for past examples.

      Is this the same Gates who was arrested for breaking into his own house?

  • Bossman

    Thanks for this link. I like old books. I’ll try to make time to read it and try to understand a 19th century American.