WORKING WITH STRUGGLING BLACK YOUTH (3)
By the mid-1970s, my life’s activities had sufficiently stabilized to enable me to start devoting focused energy to my Mission of helping struggling Black youth. It started by me going on street corners and talking groups of youth into going to a nearby park in order to discuss things of concern to them. At each visit, I had the sense of making good progress. But during the following week, being in their immediate environments, seemed to have washed away the prior week’s discussion progress. So, I tried youth in different environments. For example, on Saturday mornings I would go to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and gather all the age 7 to 18 youth into my station wagon. We would go to the waiting room of my office and discuss things pertinent to their lives. My intent was to “slip in” Critical Thinking patterns in hopes enough would get through to enable them to figure out their own problems and handle them in a systematic and mathematical fashion. The sharpest youth were the youngest ones. Yet, that introduction into African Tradition Scholarship did not give the results I had hoped. Since I know from experience that all Black youth can learn anything if they are taught by Ancient African standards, this meant the problem was with me. Actually, I did not know these youth because they were not like those of my boyhood. To try to understand the situation better, I went on a marathon to learn 200,000 years of Black History. Even though as a boy I learned much history in my all-Black community, my formal school education was a single fourth grade lesson—i.e. a picture entitled “Little Black Sambo” showing him with a bone through his nose and being chased around a tree by a lion. It built on the slavers claims that the Enslaved are their own worst enemy and thus need Whites to govern their lives. This continues to cause many Black People to not only accept White domination over them but even to prefer it. I did not do anything with that evilly deceptive “Black History” psychological “divide and conquer” warfare of the “how bad you are and how good we are” since I had been told how super-brilliant Ancient Africans were. The point: knowing complete, truthful Black History from only Black Scholars is a powerful tool to counteract the evil depictions of Black People by Europeans.
Initially, my research was limited to books from stores and libraries—all by Europeans writing about Black History. Without exception, those contents, even in my state of ignorance about Black History, ranged from being unbelievably dumb all the way over to outrageous lies. I personally have a large library, but in none of the 46 sets of encyclopedias could I find one useful line that would give me any insight into Black History. Frustration led me to consider remote sources, as recalling my Mother’s intense interest in words and in mythology which, as a boy, meant nothing to me. But with nothing else available, I started reading Greek Mythology and accidently discovered that all ancient Greek (and Roman) gods were borrowed out of African Mythology—as elaborated on in my book: “Word Stories Originated by Ancient Africans”. In 1980, that discovery + reading Yogi books my sister Joselyn sent + tracing back to Africa the origin of significant words used by Plato, Aristotle, and other European icons who had studied in Africa, opened a new world for me. Thereafter, I completely stopped using any European information pertaining to anything about Black People. But what I found was that whatever Europeans deny or whoever they demean, it is just the opposite—and those serve as avenues to pursue. I learned to discount completely anything Europeans say they created, discovered, or invented because in 50 years of intensive research I have never found a single claim to be true. The same applies to great Black People of history they claim to be White—e.g. Hercules, Hannibal, Aesop.
Neither have I found any European orchestrated internet information that qualifies for Scholarly usefulness. Of utmost importance, once I realized Europeans disregard the Spiritual and Metaphysical and instead explain all non-concrete words (those lacking boundaries) in a Supernatural (fantasy) manner inside a Material world setting, I stopped using European dictionaries–except for how to spell certain English words. Experience also taught me that in order to learn whatever is of African Tradition, it is absolutely wrong to “pick and choose”. No European examples or words or concepts apply to the infinitely higher level of African Tradition Thought. Such is amply illustrated in my five Glossary Volumes on Ancient African and African American terms. jabaileymd.com