The Morning Mix, for November 28, 2012 - 8:00am
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Another Home Run JR,
Professor Shepp is one of my musical heroes. It was good to hear his voice and his eloquent words explaining the impact of losing public school funding for art, music and languages.
This deprivation is intentional. My own father used to say; “you can't fool an educated man.” And the imperialist know this. Hence, the constant assault on funding for education at every level, but especially for the arts, music and languages. One would think that in African-American Communities some suite of African Languages would be taught – Swahili, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa along with French, Portuguese and Arabic. These are some of the major languages spoken in Africa.
In a kind of twisted and deformed way, African-Americans have substituted made-up languages (ebonics), because they have been unable to reacquire their own original languages.
Many African-Americans, including myself, thought that through our educational system we would be the vanguard in promoting Pan-Africanism and progress throughout the world. We were correct, but this is a multi-generational struggle. We were only marginally successful due primarily to a big dose of white racism, imperialism and militarism that have impeded, but not extinguished these ideas. This should still be the hope for African-Americans and Progressives of all races in California and the United States.
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