Searching While Black…

Why do I have to search for my history? Why isn’t everything I want to know about the continent of Africa, African history, Black people, easily accessible on Google?

I have recently been exploring my spirituality more in depth. The school year is winding down, and while I am super busy, I just feel like I have more time for myself and my own mindfulness. Hence immersing myself into areas of interest that inspire me.

If you really know me, then you know I am way into Astrology. If you really know me, you know that it is important for me to understand African contributions to this field of study. That being said, African Civilizations that studied the stars didn’t use words like “Zodiac”. From the Dogon to the ancient priests of the Upper Nile, there is a known history of Astronomy on the continent of Africa. This is a history that is vast, and not well known, unless you are just into that topic. And this is a topic I want to learn more about. In our current times, when you want information, where do you turn?

GOOGLE. Bing. Yahoo. Amazon. Barnes and Noble.

I am not saying that books and sites on this topic do not exist, I am saying that they are hard to find, which should not be the case. When I type in African Astrology or Astronomy on mainstream sites like Google, or Amazon, the results are less than stellar. And this makes sense because, African history is not an area that the mainstream is seeking out on a regular basis. I hate that I have to put in extra work to find out more about my cultural roots, just because there is a history of erasing African history in this world.

This is no surprise. Nothing new. I am just reminded time and again and it can be really frustrating, especially when you thrive on the pursuit of knowledge.

It also makes me think about the students I teach, and the younger generations in general. Our access to technology has cultivated a sense of urgency that has no use for waiting. When we want information, we want it fast. And usually when we can’t find something we want fast, we tend to move on. I know this is a sweeping generalization, but I really feel right about this one.

This means the information we have immediate access to is basically chosen for us by the mainstream, and us marginalized groups of folks just have to deal.

I don’t want to deal!!!!! I don’t want to have to actually go to the library and seek out dated texts on topics that should be at the tip of my fingers with the click of a button.

So if you happen to read this post, and you have insight that I do not have, PLEASE share and pass on your knowledge…I am thirsty…
Julia

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