Study the Origins of Race & Racism | Booklist


Bigotry: (n) intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.

Prejudice: (n) preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

Racism: (n) a doctrine or political program designed to execute principles based on the assumption that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

Three words the country assumed it had moved past on the power of a dream. Even those of us who have lived our lives #woke to ugly truth still hoped and prayed for the day we’d all live in a “more perfect union.” Though today is not my Grandparents day, that day of a “post-racial” America seems much further away than it did on January 20, 2008. Some blame the rhetoric of 45, others say it’s white backlash to the “browning of America,” and there are those who would point to a shrinking middle class. Though all play a part in today’s tinder box, the truth is they are only symptoms of an illness the world has been suffering under for centuries.

The remedy to heal the body of the sickness begins with knowledge…knowing the history of race & racism. Therefore, MahoganyBooks is proud to present our Study the Origins of Race & Racism Booklist. To further encourage the study of these texts, we’ll be discounting each of them 20% for the remainder of September.

MahoganyBooks ‘Origins of Race & Racism’ | Booklist

#1 Yurugu by Marimba Ani
by Marimba Ani

Yurugu removes the mask from the European facade and thereby reveals the inner workings of global white supremacy: A system which functions to guarantee the control of Europe and her descendants over the majority of the world’s peoples.

Dr. Marimba Ani exposes the roles of both the academic and Christian establishment in proselytizing as “universal” that which is indeed culturally specific to Europe and which therefore functions in the interest of European dominance.

#2 The Origin of Races and Color by Martin R. Delany
The Origin of Races and Color
by Martin R. Delany

Of the books authored by Martin R. Delany (1812-1885), “The Origin of Races and Color” is perhaps the most obscure. Out-of-print until now, it has been available to the public only through select libraries. At the time of its publication in 1879, this valuable resource presented a bold challenge to racist views of African inferiority. Delany wrote in opposition to a developing oppressive intellectualism that used Darwin’s thesis, “the survival of the fittest,” to support its demented theories of Black inferiority.

Skillfully blending biblical history, archaeology, and anthropology, Delany offered evidence to the “serious inquirer” suggesting the first humans were African, and that these Africans were .” … builders of the pyramids, sculptors of the sphinxes, and original god-kings. . . .” With such radical assertions, Delany advanced a model of ancient history that contradicted the very foundation of intellectual racism. He believed knowledge of one’s past was essential, and that it could provide Black people with the regenerative force necessary to inspire their self-improvement. Were he alive today, Delany would certainly feel at home with the present generation of Africancentrists, especially since he developed and articulated so many of their arguments more than a century ago.

#3 The Iceman Inheritance by Michael Bradley
The Iceman Inheritance
by Michael Bradley

Bradley delves back into the Ice Age to find prehistoric sources of the white race’s aggression, racism, and sexism. The author offers a persuasive argument that the white race is more aggressive than other groups. And in tracing the effects of the aggression, Bradley offers an uncomfortable all-too-plausible explanation for the pattern of human history.

The Iceman Inheritance is shocking, it is racist…but is it true? A new introduction by Dr. John Henrik Clarke, historian, expands on the findings of Bradley citing other grave proofs that the aggression of the white race has been the cause at the root of much of the destruction of early African and Eastern civilizations.

#4 The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness by Amos Wilson
The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness
by Amos Wilson

This book presents two ground-breaking lectures by Amos Wilson. The first, European Historiography and Oppression Exposed: An Afrikan Perspective and Analysis was among the first contemporary analyses which delineated the role Eurocentric history-writing plays in rationalizing European oppression of Afrikan consciousness. It explicates why we should study history, how history-writing shapes the psychology of peoples and individuals, how Eurocentric history as mythology creates historical amnesia in Afrikans in order to rob them of the material, mental, social and spiritual wherewithal for overcoming poverty and oppression. Moreover, this engrossing lectures the relationship between the rediscovery and rewriting of Afrikan history and achievement of liberation and prosperity by Afrikan peoples.

The second lecture, Eurocentric Political Dogmatism: Its Relationship to the Mental Health Diagnosis of Afrikan People, advances the contention that the alleged mental and behavioral maladaptiveness of oppressed Afrikan peoples is a political-economic necessity for the maintenance of White domination and imperialism. Furthermore, it indicts the Eurocentric mental health establishment for entering into collusion with the Eurocentric political establishment to oppress and exploit Afrikan peoples by officially sanctioning these egregious practices through its misdiagnosing, mislabeling, and mistreating of Afrikan peoples’ behavioral reactions to their oppression and their efforts to win their freedom and independence.

#5 Stolen Legacy by George G.M. James
Stolen Legacy
by George G.M. James

“…the book is an attempt to show that the true authors of Greek Philosophy were not Greeks, but the people of North Africa, commonly called the Egyptians; and the praise and honor falsely given to Greeks for centuries belong to the people of North Africa. Consequently, this theft of the African legacy led to the erroneous world opinion that the African continent has made no contributions to civilizations, and that it’s people were naturally backward. This is the basis of race prejudice, which has affected all people of color.”

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