In Defense of Afrikan-Centered Scholarship from Unprovoked attacks by Meso-American so-called Scholars
In Defense of Afrikan-Centered Scholarship from Unprovoked attacks by Meso-American so-called Scholars
We now have these ‘Negro Race Traitors’ out here, who are going along with the nasty, racist vitriol being spewed by Meso-American so-called scholars and their silly ass followers, against our Grand Master Afrikan-Centered Scholars such as Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. Theophile Obenga, Dr. Chancellor Williams, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Yosef ‘Ben’ Jochannan, Dr. John G. Jackson, George G. M. James, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Neely Fuller, Dr. Charles Finch, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Jacob Carruthers, Dr. Beatrice Lumpkin, Dr. Marimba Ani, Dr. Tdka Maat Kilimanjaro, Dr. Tony Martin, Dr. Amos Wilson, Runoko Rashidi, Ashra Kwesi, Dr. Molefi Asante, Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti, The Irritated Genie of Soufeese, and many others, while disputing the findings of an Afrikan Presence among the Olmecs. This vicious attack against our brightest and most adept scholars is unwarranted and unjustified. Such unprovoked, vicious, and slanderous attacks against our Afrikan-Centered Scholars is very similar to those attacks launched by Caucasian Euro-Centric, so-called scholars going back two-three decades ago. These racists, Meso-American so-called scholars cannot produce any evidence that refutes what our own eyes see for themselves. So, anyone who is pushing that there was no evidence of an Afrikan Presence among the Olmecs when there is plenty of evidence that there was, please present your evidence. Don’t just try to dispel or dismiss the sources that Dr. Ivan Van Sertima has presented as being un-credible. That might be the easy part. Where is your own evidence proving another more credible hypothesis that you, yourself or others have come up with that makes any logical sense? Where is your evidence of any field research done by those whom you present as credible? And, while you’re at it, when you do so, I’d to love to see some actual sources by Afrikan-Centered scholars too. Not just sources by Meso-American Scholars. Now, just to give you one example of the confusion out here. One of these mindless idiots even tried to tell me the second photo I’ve presented at the bottom of the article was actually a Monkey, instead of what my eyes are seeing. Really? And the reason I am referring to these dudes as ‘Race Traitors’ is that they don’t know or understand the Politics of History. And those of our people who are now buying into this nonsense are doing the work of these Meso-American racists ‘dirty work’ for them. This is a War for the minds, bodies, and souls of our people and by supporting what they themselves haven’t researched, these mindless idiots are helping our enemies win it.
The fact that these so-called Meso-American so-scholars start out by equating Afrocentrism and/or Afrikan-Centeredness with being prejudice and racist and then attacking it and the scholars who articulate it, without any evidence justifying such a vicious attack speaks volumes. It’s an ad hominem attack. That’s nothing more than ‘A Strawman’s Argument’. That is very problematic. None of these so-called scholars can even shine Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop’s shoes. Unlike them, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop possessed Doctorates in several Scientific disciplines. He held Doctorates in Archaeology, Anthropology, Linguistics, Etymology, was a Mathematician, Chemist, and a Nuclear Physicist. So, which one of these so-called scholars possesses all the skillset that Diop possessed? That’s a major issue that I know they cannot overcome. They are throwing ‘shade’ at our brightest and best Afrikan-Centered scholars and those who agree with them are foolishly joining in and helping them.
I’ve included just two photos. The last photo below, these so-called scholars assert is actually Monkey? Yeah, a Monkey. Monkeys do not possess the phenotype represented in the statues of the Olmecs, featured in the photos I’ve supplied below. In addition, the Monkey is not represented within the Olmec religious Pantheon of Gods. The Olmecs had a Priesthood as a part of the Religion, as well. What other ancient people on this planet had a powerful, strong Priesthood in ancient times, prior to the time period and existence of the Olmecs anywhere on this planet? What other ancient people on this planet uses Anthropomorphic and Zootipical imagery in their Religious Pantheon and in their Art? And what ancient people did so, and much earlier than the Olmecs did?
Here are some critical questions that no one has either asked and certainly hasn’t answered.
(1) When each of these 8ft 20 Ton statues was created, what was the timeline for them and were all of them created at the same time?
(2) And what did the people look like at the time each of these 8ft 20 Ton statues was created?
(3) Where did the people get the ingenuity and technology to build each of these 8ft 20 Ton Statues?
(4) Where did these people come from, since we know everyone in the Western Hemisphere came from elsewhere on this planet?
(5) Every other Race and Culture on this planet has gone out of their way to cut out and/or erase the ‘Afrikan Presence’ and ‘influence’ (emphasis on ‘Presence’ and ‘influence’) on their Culture. So, why are the Meso-Americans viewed any differently?
(6) What kind of Culture was prevalent prior to those 8ft 20-ton statues being built?
(7) What was the Religious Pantheon of the Olmecs?
(8) Were Monkeys a part of the Religious Pantheon of the Olmecs?
(9) Has the Olmec Language been deciphered yet?
(10) What kind of Culture was prevalent afterward?
Here is a list of the Religious Pantheon of Gods:
(1) The Olmec Dragon
The Olmec Dragon is depicted as a crocodile-like being, occasionally having human, eagle or jaguar features. His mouth, sometimes open in ancient carved images, is seen as a cave: perhaps, for this reason, the Olmec were fond of cave painting. The Olmec Dragon represented the Earth or at least the plane upon which humans lived. As such, he represented agriculture, fertility, fire and otherworldly things. The dragon may have been associated with the Olmec ruling classes or elite. This ancient creature may be the forebear of Aztec gods such as Cipactli, a crocodile god, or Xiuhtecuhtli, a fire god.
(2) The Bird Monster
The Bird Monster represented the skies, sun, rulership, and agriculture. It is depicted as a fearsome bird, sometimes with reptilian features. The bird monster may have been the preferred god of the ruling class: carved likenesses of rulers sometimes are shown with bird monster symbols in their dress. The city once located at the La Venta archaeological site venerated the Bird Monster: its image appears there frequently, including on an important altar.
(3) The Fish Monster
Also called the Shark Monster, the Fish Monster is thought to represent the underworld and appears as a frightening shark or fish with shark’s teeth. Depictions of the Fish Monster have appeared in stone carvings, pottery, and small greenstone celts, but the most famous is on San Lorenzo Monument 58. On this massive stone carving, the Fish Monster appears with a fearsome mouth full of teeth, a large “X” on its back and a forked tail. Shark teeth excavated at San Lorenzo and La Venta suggest that the Fish Monster was honored in certain rituals.
(4) The Banded-eyed God
Little is known about the mysterious Banded-eye God. Its name is a reflection of its appearance. It always appears in profile, with an almond shaped eye. A band or stripe passes behind or through the eye. The Banded-eye God appears more human than many of the other Olmec gods. It is found occasionally on pottery, but a good image appears on a famous Olmec statue, Las Limas Monument 1.
(5) The Maize God
Because maize was such an important staple of life of the Olmec, it’s not surprising that they dedicated a god to its production. The Maize God appears as a human-ish figure with a stalk of corn growing out of his head. Like the Bird Monster, Maize God symbolism frequently appears on depictions of rulers. This could reflect the ruler’s responsibility to ensure bountiful crops for the people.
(6) The Water God
The Water God often formed a divine team of sorts with the Maize God: the two are often associated with one another. The Olmec Water God appears as a chubby dwarf or infant with a gruesome face reminiscent of the Were-Jaguar. The Water God’s domain was likely not only water in general but also rivers, lakes and other water sources. The Water God appears on different forms of Olmec art, including large sculptures and smaller figurines and celts. It is possible that he is a forebear of later Mesoamerican water gods such as Chac and Tlaloc.
(7) The Were-Jaguar
The Olmec were-jaguar is a most intriguing god. It appears as a human baby or infant with distinctly feline features, such as fangs, almond-shaped eyes and a cleft in his head. In some depictions, the were-jaguar baby is limp, as if it is dead or sleeping. Matthew W. Stirling proposed that the were-jaguar is the result of relations between a jaguar and a human female, but this theory is not universally accepted.
(8) The Feathered Serpent
The Feathered Serpent is shown as a rattlesnake, either coiled or slithering, with feathers on its head. One excellent example is Monument 19 from La Venta. The feathered serpent is not very common in surviving Olmec art. Later incarnations such as Quetzalcoatl among the Aztecs or Kukulkan among the Maya seemingly had a much more important place in religion and daily life. Nevertheless, this common ancestor of the significant feathered serpents to come in Mesoamerican religion is considered important by researchers.
What other people used ‘Hieroglyphics’ as their writing system? And did so, much earlier than the Olmecs did? These Meso-American scholars have spent their time condemning Van Sertima’s book, “They Came Before Columbus” and the sources contained in it. And yet, when asked, not one of them has honestly read “African Presence in Early America” by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Van Sertima’s book, “African Presence In Early America” was written to address the complaints and condemnation of the first book.
Here is the first paragraph from the introduction of “AFRICAN PRESENCE IN EARLY AMERICA”. By Dr. Ivan Van Sertima 15 yrs. later. Pg. 5.
“It is now 15 years since they came before Columbus the African presence in ancient America was first published. It appeared from Random House in January of 1977 and it’s now in its 11th printing. Like most controversial works, it has attracted the most extreme and vicious criticism as well as the most enthusiastic praise. Like most controversial works also, its most voluble commentators have either read it superficially or have misread it, for it is often praised and attacked for the wrong reasons, for saying things I did not say, for advancing positions I would neither entertain or defend. The time has come to present some of the new evidence that has emerged since then in this steadily expanding field. It has also become necessary to clarify the stands I took nearly a decade ago and to reexamine the case for a pre-Columbian contact between Africans and Native Americans with a greater scholarly precision and lucidity.”
And these silly asses make the ridiculous argument that any Afrikan-Centered scholar must consult with Meso-American scholars before researching and/or publishing their work. Really? No scholars consult other scholars before researching their subject? Who does that? How many of these so-called Meso-American scholars consult anyone before researching and/or publishing their works? How many of these so-called Meso-American scholars have conducted any field research of their own on the Olmecs themselves? Have they actually been to Southeastern Mexico, and conducted any field research in Tres Zapotes, La Venta, Vera Cruz, and Tabasco themselves, as Van Sertima has done? How many of these so-called Meso-American scholars consulted any Afrikan-Centered scholars listed above, that they so vehemently disrespected before publishing that nonsense paper entitled, “Robbing Native American Cultures”?
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So, my questions is this: Where do any of these Scientific disciplines denote the necessity and requirement of anyone consulting any other scholars?
Now, I want you to read what they say about our Grand Master Afrikan-Centered Scholars in their so-called rebuttal, entitled, “Robbing Native American Cultures”. Read some of the nasty vitriol included in their ‘rebuttal’ below. Then I want you to watch the 30-minute youtube video of Dr. Ivan Van Sertima below himself and you tell me. They are running this nonsense about what they refer to as ‘Lookership’. Damn fools. How many of these so-called Meso-American ‘scholars’ have done actual field work on the Olmecs, as Dr. Ivan Van Sertima has done? The first thing any Archaeologist or Anthropologist would do is analyze what he or she has discovered by looking at it and analyzing it. That is called Archaeology. So, I guess what we actually see with our own eyes is not worthy of consideration in what we find? If the sky is blue and I tell you it’s poker-dot, even though you can clearly see that the sky is blue, are you going to believe its poker-dot? What we see with our own eyes is called self-evident.
There are even some who claim that many of the artifacts found there are ‘fake’. The question I ask is this: Are you accusing Dr. Ivan Van Sertima of creating these ‘fake artifacts’? If not, we must conclude that these ‘fake artifacts’ must have been created by Caucasians or others. So, what would be the motive for Caucasians or others to create ‘fake artifacts’ that would establish an early Afrikan presence in America, prior to Christopher Columbus coming to the Western Hemisphere in 1492? How would such a revelation positively help maintain the system of Racism white-Supremacy? In addition, this isn’t to say we shouldn’t consider other pieces of actual evidence. Quite the contrary. However, the first thing one must consider is the actual evidence, not sources. This is what is called ‘Prima Facie evidence’. Those 8ft 20-ton statues are actual evidence.
‘Prima Facie evidence’
[Latin, On the first appearance.] A fact presumed to be true unless it is disproved.
Now, to those who want to assert that there are Afrikan-Centered scholars who don’t agree with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima’s last findings on this subject in his book, “African Presence In Early America”, present these Afrikan-Centered scholars who disagrees with him, present their quotes, and any research they, themselves have done on this topic or be quiet until you can do so. And those who want to make his sources an issue, you need to consider what ‘Prima Facie evidence’ actually is. You need to consider the fact that Dr. Ivan Van Sertima conducted his own field research, as well. So, unless you can provide ‘Prima Facie evidence’ that refutes what we can actually see with our own eyes, that must be our first position on this issue. What those of our people who support such attacks against our Afrikan-Centered scholars do not understand is ‘the Politics of History’. Those who take the position of the Meso-Americans’ accusation that we are ‘robbing them of their culture’ don’t even realize that what they are doing is pushing the Meso-Americans’ Racist narrative and doing so, even stronger and better than they are. The Meso-Americans position is just as Racist as the Caucasians position is on everything that isn’t a part of their own Culture. They are trying to downgrade our contributions to Civilization just as Caucasians do.
So, to be crystal clear. I am not asserting that Black/Afrikan people are indigenous to America, any part of it. We are an Afrikan people. I am proud of this fact. I am not claiming that the Olmec population was Afrikan people. What I am assertions is this: There was indeed an Afrikan presence among them. So much so, that the Olmecs constructed several 8 ft 20-ton statues that resemble Afrikans from the continent of Afrika. And no one is trying to rob Native Americans of their Culture. But we are not going to rob our own people of our own presence, contributions, and influence on Meso-American Civilization and other ancient Civilizations either.
This is a shot over the bow!!!
‘Either you are ‘Race First’ or you aren’t.
“Robbing Native American Cultures”
Dr. Ivan Van Sertima “They Came Before Columbus”
“African Americans Are Not Native American Indians You Are African”
“The Gods of the Olmec”
“African Presence In Early America”, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima