Being Black Is Beyond Being Self-Aware

The Need For Africa To Retain Its Spot At The Forefront Of Civilisation

by Gottfried Moh

Being Black Is Beyond Being Self-Aware

Although generations of Spanish rulers and European historians have tried to expunge this era from the historical record, recent archaeology and scholarship conclusively show the so-called Moors flourished in Al-Andalus for more than 700 years – from 711 AD until 1492. They were not a unified group, and were usually at each other’s throats. They generally comprised of Umayyad Emirate rule, Caliphate of Córdoba, Almoravids, Almohads, and Marinids.

African Moors, who conquered Spain and ruled it for 700 years, were responsible for bringing Europe out of the dark ages and into the Renaissance. While Christian Europe had a 99% illiteracy rate and only 2 universities, the Moors had 7. They introduced education to Europe. That’s how important they were to the world we now live in.

Their significant contributions in mathematics, astronomy, art, and agriculture helped propel Europe out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. Someone said victory has 1000 fathers, while failure is an orphan. Everyone wants to claim the history of what we view as advanced civilisations. But just because we want it, does not make it so.

On a deeper note, why do we need to claim anything if today we are content not to build again? It is a good thing to claim something, but it has to be maintained; you cannot just sit back and say that we did something in the past, you have to move forward to the present and plan for the future. If you are from the Ancient Egyptians or children of Moorish empires then go into the world and build civilizations; be mathematicians, be scholars, be archaeologists.

Ever wonder why Modern European History courses start with the Renaissance Era and not just a few centuries before? The wealthy of Europe sent their kids to Moorish universities, the best at the time, much like how the wealthy of today send their kids to the US for higher education. Any intelligent person should know that if it’s a “renaissance” then there was life before.

They also taught the whites how to bathe and clean their teeth. The Caucasians in Valencia had teeth as yellow as the sun before the moors got there and cleaned them up. This is a wakeup call for the black men who think their history began on trees and slave ships.

While Africa's contribution to academia in the past is worthy of note, why can't it be replicated in this time & age? Why can't we change the African narrative and stop playing victim while it's blatantly evident that we are our own worst enemy?

We do live in a white supremacist, capitalistic, imperialist society that is deeply rooted in the systems of the world. The world’s structure is much more interpolative than it once was. If any African nation did this again, it would shut down due to the ideologies that are now rooted in capitalism and imperialism. We are not victims, but simply products of a society that was designed to keep us down.

You can argue all you want, but the truth does remain that most black people everywhere hate one another the most. They don't value themselves, they are ashamed of who they are. The change will come when we all treat each other humanely. I find the common tendency to place the blame solely on imperialists disingenuous and lazy.

The historical effects of slavery and colonisation did not exactly create a Eurocentric society. Unattainable European standards placed for black people to measure up to are the cause for this self-hate. Look at colourism in the black community; it’s been ingrained within us.

We can't keep putting the blame on everyone but ourselves. We have the worst cases of corruption in our respective countries at the moment. We can't blame the West for that. Make Black people great again!