It is very shameful for me to share that I have learned about the history of the British black people through social media over my mobile phone rather than learning it from my school. Now in this era, people are finding and taking the lessons about the history of these black men of the British nation through the Instagram and Twitter accounts over their cell phones when it was supposed to be taught in the schools and added in the National curriculum.
In my secondary school, I was a fan of learning about the US Civil Right Movement that was taken place due to the clear challenge of the Black people to the white people of Government. I loved reading the life stories and efforts of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and about the very famous Montgomery Bus Boycott. These black people had a cause to fight and they fought with the raw opposition which gives us a very powerful message and lessons for the life.
For me it was quite confusing and it was hard for me to understand the facts like the information about their referenced cities and states. I was unaware of those states like I never heard of them. I was so fond of these stories that a part of me always wanted to have such revolutionary stories and fights happened in UK too. I wished that the Black people of Britain would also take these steps and would have fought like these heroes of mine. I wanted people from here closer to my home to be such heroes having this much power.
During these last few years, I came across the rich history of the Black people that belonged to UK. Through which I began to learn more about these exceptional people and their history in Britain. This was because of the release of book, WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE in 2017 that many people came across the history of black people from UK. This story was based on the critique about the relation of British people with the racism.
This book is a piece of marvel for those like me who wanted to learn more about the British Black people. After this book I was exposed to many other books over the social media platform, these books were based on the life and struggles of Black people in UK. The role of black people in the British history was also powerful just like I find the Civil Right movement in US a powerful history of the Black people. But it is a shame that this was not included in our National curriculum the way the history of US black people was shared. It is shame for us not to promote and include the rich history of British Black people in our school’s syllabus. Why one would have to explore about it over social media?