For Black Students, most of whom had been denied access to their history through inadequate schooling still controlled by white Eurocentric thinking, the discovery of great black civilizations, beautiful traditions, ancient religion, honorable ancestors, and indeed, the very orings of life itself, as their own heritage was truly uplifting and inspiring for them.
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I bought this book hoping to learn more about the Nation of Islam's idea of Yakub, the man Elijah Muhammad said created the white, blue-eyed devils. I was sorely disappointed. Blake Fardan barely touches on the story in this book. I read the whole book, but even though it's less than 150 pages, I somewhat regret wasting my valuable time.What Blake Fardan does write is a treatise on how whites have abused blacks. Some of this material is true and worthy of consideration -- but has been dealt with much more adequately by other authors. The horrors of the slave trade, for example, is amply dealt with in most histories, and institutional racism does continue to be a problem. Her portrayal of whites stealing culture from black Egyptians and hiding it in the rituals of Freemasonry is ill supported by the facts available to a Ph.D. in anthropology, however, and one would have expected her to have buttressed this argument with more data than secondary sources which can be obtained from grocery store paperbacks. This is the doctrine of Elijah Muhammad -- but we can learn that from the man himself. Entities within the U.S. government may well have been involved in distributing narcotics within the United States, but she should cite more than one source to prove this.Blake Fardan is incapable of understanding that social forces are impersonal as well as personal. The 5+ pages spent on how the white man has evilly planted the need for expensive car stereos into the black man's heart could be better understood with a reference to Rousseau -- society creates needs that did not exist in nature. I think black men should be able to decide for themselves whether they want subwoofers, though I understand that capitalism and capitalists generated this desire. Blake Fardan seems to think whites should be kind and not sell subwoofers.Troubingly, Blake Fardan does pervert the teachings of the Nation for her own ideological gain. Blake Fardan is a white woman, one of those who joined the Nation during a brief window following Warith Deen Muhammad's restructuring of the organization. She portrays herself as somehow a Caucasian but not white. This runs counter to the whole idea of Yakub, which is that Yakub created whites such that they are biologically inferior and inclined towards evil. This largely is a tract about how Blake Fardan herself should be held blameless, while she wags her finger at the rest of Western civilization. One wishes Blake Fardan had done something more worthwhile to alleviate her white liberal guilt.Perhaps the most irritating part of the book are its many typoes and Blake Fardan's poor writing style. It seems to have been poorly digitized via some scanning and OCR software and never proofread. This is in addition to the weak writing one expects in a blog but not in a published book that has gone through three editions.In short, if you're thinking of buying this book, save your money. And if you're thinking of getting it out of some library that foolishly bought it, save your time. If you want to know about the teachings of the Nation of Islam, read Elijah Muhammad's Message to the Blackman in America (or, for the Yakub story specifically, Nasir Makr Hakim's compilation of his writings, Yakub: The Father of Mankind). If you want to read about how whites have oppressed other ethnic groups, that material abounds elsewhere. Fardan Blake's espoused purpose, galvanizing the white man and woman to action, could have been served much better with a more thoughtful and less inflammatory (and proofread!) book.