The hidden history of the military achievements of African Americans

12 Sep

When I came to the United States of America over 50 years ago; the first school that I attended was; Crispus Attucks Elementary school.

I later learned that Crispus Attucks was the first American to die in the cause of freeing Americans from British control, during the 18th century.

Crispus Attucks

During the next five years that I spent in the United States of America’s school system; I was never taught about the military participation of African Americans; in any of their wars or military conflicts.

So it was no surprise that I use to brag to my African American school mates; about the Maroons in Jamaica.

The Maroons had fought against the British, who wanted to enslave them.

Many of the Maroons had escaped from slavery during the time of Spanish rule; and when England took over Jamaican, the British tried to make them slaves again.

The Maroons fought the well trained British army to a standstill.

Eventually the British sign a peace treaty with the Maroons; that gave them the right to keep the territory where they lived, and their freedom.

history of Jamaica

So I would boast to my friends, saying that my ancestors in Jamaica had fought against slavery; whereas their ancestors in America did not.

I WAS WRONG

During the years that I was a member of the United States Air Force, I had the opportunity to read many books about the military record of African Americans.

Especially about what African Americans did during the American Civil War.

African Americans’ military achievements makes the Maroon wars in Jamaica, pale in comparison.

It is not even close to what African Americans soldiers did during the war that ended slavery in the United States of America.

The treaty that the Maroons signed with England only applied to their own group; the other slaves in Jamaica remained slaves.

In fact part of the agreement with Britain was that the Maroons would capture any slave who ran away from enslavement and came to their lands.

They returned these run-away slaves to the British authority, and received payment.

In contrast; African American soldiers played a significant role in ending all slavery within the United States of America.

Colored Civil War soldier

The reason why I first titled this article: “The plot to hide the military achievements of African Americans ……;” is because it has become very apparent to me that, there exist a plot to hide the military history of African Americans.

I have been blocked by Facebook twice in less than one month; for posting an article about the participation of African American soldiers and sailors during the American Civil War.

Read the article below: this is what Facebook keeps blocking me for.

Tell me if you see any reason why I keep getting blocked for posting it.

https://chiniquy.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/the-american-civil-war/

This made me give serious though for the reason why I was blocked so many times, for this particular article.

I have posted many more provocative articles on Facebook; but the reaction from Fb  for this article was surprising.

I have posted articles such as:

“Calling people of African descent ‘black‘ is not positive”

“Calling Caucasians ‘white people’ promotes racism”

“False teachings in religion, is the root cause of racism”

“Prophet Muhammed is the returned Christ”

“Sexually confused Human Beings (homosexuals)”

“Believing in Santa Claus as children leads to Atheism or weak religious faith as adults”

“Hypocritical love for Malcolm X”

“The wife of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis was a Mulatto (she was of African descent)

What makes a person a racist?

Can ‘black’ people be racists?

etc. etc.

But I have never been blocked so quickly for any of those articles as I have been for the one about African American soldiers during the American Civil War.

For some reason, those who control the hearts and minds of the people of the USA; don’t want Americans (especially African Americans) to know about the military achievements of African Americans.

Based upon the numerous movies and television shows, made about the wars fought in the USA; you would believe that no African Americans were ever involved in any of them.

But the opposite is true.

African Americans were in every military conflict fought in what became the USA; from the 17th century until the present.

They were involved in the French and Indian Wars

The American Revolutionary War

The War of 1812

The War against Mexico

Many history books fail to give the true reason why the Mexicans became angry at the ‘Americans living in Texas’. The Mexican government was angry that these Immigrant Americans wanted to keep other human beings as slaves.

The American Civil War

The Wars against the Native Americans

 The Spanish American War

The war in the Philippines 

World War I

etc. etc.

But no movie has been made that showed the true participation of African Americans in these wars and military conflicts.

You may ask, ‘what about the movie Glory?’

The movie made about the 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

Glory was really no better than the racist movie made at the beginning of the 20th century called, ‘Birth of a Nation.’

Birth of a Nation, showed African American soldiers as being undisciplined and savage.

They showed the soldiers as being thieves and rapists.

They showed the very same things in the movie Glory.

Because many people have not studied the history of African American soldiers, they thought that Glory was a good thing.

The performances of some of the actors was good; but the overall message of the movie was extremely bad.

And many people did not catch the negative portrayal of African Americans in this movie.

The movie Glory was filled with many inaccuracies.

Two of Frederick Douglass’ sons were in the 54 Massachusett Regiment; a fact the movie Glory failed to mention.

The 54 Mass. Regiment had some of the most intelligent African American soldiers.

It was made up of the sons of many prominent and wealthy African American families.

The majority of the men in the 54th Mass. were well educated.

It was even said by the detractors of the regiment; that they would not fight as well as the other regiments made up of slaves; because they had never been enslaved.

They would not fight with the same intensity as those who understood by personal knowledge the brutality of a slave’s life.

Those who were fighting for the freedom of their families.

During the attack on Fort Wagner these naysayers were proved wrong.

The movie Glory gave the impression that only one person in the regiment was educated and he was shown as a crying wimp.

Crying negro in movie Glory

He was nothing like the numerous intelligent soldiers who were in the 54th Mass. 

fig52FIRST SERGEANT STEPHEN SWAILS OF THE 54TH MASSACHUSETTS FIRST BLACK SOLDIER TO BE COMMISSIONED AN OFFICER IN A MASSACHUSETTS REGIMENT. (LC)

fig53Second Lieutenant William H. Dupree of the 55th Massahusetts Infantry Regiment (USAMHI)

The movie Glory, also tried to ridicules the members of the 33rd USCT (first called the 1st South Carolina Volunteers)

Click the link below to ‘read’ about this magnificent regiment from South Carolina, thanks.

https://chiniquy.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/the-american-civil-war/

They were the first regiment formed primarily made up of slaves.

They were formed before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

And speaking about the Emancipation Proclamation; many Americans are not aware that:

THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION DID NOT END SLAVERY IN AMERICA.

The Emancipation Proclamation did not free all the slaves in America. 

It only freed slaves in the Confederate States; not in the states that supported the North. 

It was done to undermine the strength of the Confederacy by removing their main source of strength; their slaves. 

THE FIGHTING ABILITY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN; ENDED SLAVERY IN AMERICA; NOT THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION. 

I believe that the reason for keeping this history hidden; is because young African American boys, would be fill with pride if they knew the military history of their ancestors.

They would know without doubt that this country, is as much their as it is for anyone one else. 

They would know that their ancestor had ‘fought’ not only for the freedom from Britain; but also for the freedom of their ancestors from slavery. 

AND THAT IS WHAT THE PEOPLE WHO CONTROL AND MANIPULATE THE PEOPLE OF THE USA; DON’T WANT US KNOW. 

They want us to believe that our ancestors were like little children; who depended on others to do everything for them

Our ancestors have made more sacrifices for this country than any other Americans.

It is one thing to be a patriot when everyone loves and respect you, and welcome you with open arms.

But to be patriotic, when the majority of your fellow citizens hate you and treat you like garbage; is the greatest mark of a true patriot.

Our patriotism have always been rejected by those who hate (and fear) us.

The painting below is of one of the most important spies in the American Revolutionary War, against Britain in the 18th century.

His name was James Amistead.

The information Mr Amistead provided, contributed to one of the major defeats suffered by Britain during the war.

He worked closely with General Lafayett of France.

When the defeated British General saw Mr Amistead standing among the Colonial forces; he was surprised.

He thought James was spying for him against the Americans :.

James Armistead-Lafayette-and General LafayetteGeneral Lafayette and James Amistead

WWII marines training

African American Soldiers fo USA blacksoldiers

Our patriotism for the United States of America, should be for OURSELVES; not to show anyone else that we love this country.

We MUST make every effort to be successful in the United States of America.

Our ancestors gave their blood, sweat and tears; for the day when we will have the same rights as every other American citizen.

We need to remember that despite the terrible situation that our ancestors endured during the past centuries here in the so-called ‘New World;’ their achievements are unparalleled by any other group of people in the recent history of the world. 

We need to be inspired by them.

READ ALSO:

THE FIRST AMERICAN MILITARY HERO OF WWII WAS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN

Click below to ‘read’ the article.

https://chiniquy.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/the-first-american-hero-of-world-war-ii/ 

dorie IWoody Strode Sergeant RutledgePoster from the movie ‘Sergeant Rutledge’. To me, it is the best movie made about African American soldiers out West in the 19th century.

READ THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

African Americans must understand, that it was their ancestors who really freed their people from slavery.

Their vast military contributions in this war has been purposely hidden in our books in history.

Biographers Nicolay and Hay wrote that: 

President Lincoln took many opportunities to remind Northerners of the debt they owed to African American soldiers.

And according to an historical researcher name Jerry Young:

Abraham Lincoln said that:

without these men we could have very easily lost the war.”

Click below to ‘read’ the article. Thanks.

General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr.soldiers for usa

The Harlem Hellfighters were not just great because of their fighting ability; they were also responsible for taking Jazz music to France and then to Europe.

Click below to ‘read’ the article.

https://chiniquy.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/the-harlem-hellfighters-who-cut-down-germans-and-gave-france-jazz-during-wwi/

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For information on many of these historical photos and sketches above go to (https://http://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/civil_war_series/2/sec18.htm)

READ ALSO:

Here is a bit of Civil War history that the majority of Americans do not know:

The wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was a mulatto (she was of African descent).

Read about Varina Davis here:

https://chiniquy.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/confederate-presidents-wife-was-of-african-descent/

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READ THE AUTO-BIOGRAPHY OF MY FIRST 13 YEARS LIVING IN AMERICA

Confessions of a self-hating Negro

This is the story of one man’s journey to self-discovery.

Like so many others, Mujahid Abdullah learned behaviors and acquired beliefs of denigration about his culture, ethnicity, and physical appearance.

These beliefs came from his local surroundings as well as the wider society and would have a major effect on his entire life.

Within the pages of this book, not only do we see these effects, but we see how he was able to move beyond the messages that were so deeply ingrained from childhood.

This is an eye-opening story of cultural practices and family beliefs that others may keep hidden.

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1659703654/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=mujahid+abdullah&qid=1585503456&s=books&sr=1-3

Kindle:

https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Self-Hating-Uncle-Tom-Negro-ebook/dp/B086MKYN51/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=mujahid+abdullah&qid=1585745967&s=books&sr=1-4

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