I recently found a blog of a black teacher from London. She seemed opposed to the idea that black history could solve some of the under achievement problems in inner cities. Whilst it certainly doesn’t seem to be an answer all by itself, the integral teaching of black achievement is certainly important in creating positive self image in black youngsters.
The real question for me lies between segregationists and separatists as to the context that black history is delivered or portrayed. Is it to be delivered as part of National histories, is African history to be separated from world history? Is it right to teach black history with an aim of using it as an integration tool, thus creating more integrated western citizens?There are those that believe that black history should be used as evidence to strengthen a separate black consciousness.
I wonder if such a conscious awakening could be created what would be the immediate pro’s and cons, and how would it affect the multi ethnic societies in which we all live?