MA'AT News: Vol. 2, Edition 3, NET NOTES

MELANET UnCut Chat and Discussion: When Black Men Ruled The World (On Africentrism): MA'AT News: Vol. 2, Edition 3, NET NOTES
By MAATNEWS on Monday, February 7, 2000 - 10:14 am:

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In the March/April 1999 issue of MA'AT we promised that the current edition would focus on two subjects: African American Inventions and the recent discovery of massive graves in Egypt. Since publication of the last edition, two issues have come to light that must be brought to the immediate attention of our readership. First, Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates, narrated a PBS special, "Wonders of The African World." Secondly, scientists have identified the skull of a young "Negroid" woman that was excavated in Brazil and is 11,500 years old. Therefore, in spite of our promise to focus on other issues, we have decided instead to present articles on the foregoing subjects and other matters of interest.
According to most Africentric scholars and lay persons whom we have been in contact with, Dr. Gates' documentary sets African progress back at least fifty years. It is a poisonous piece of propaganda that serves to distort the history of Africa in such a way as to virtually exonerate Europeans and other exploiters of Africa from any responsibility for slavery and colonization. Outraged over the film, throngs of Black people have written or called PBS demanding an alternative program. One letter that has been widely circulated by the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) begins as follows:

"I am writing to express my outrage over your recent television series entitled 'The Wonders of The Africa World.' The myths and stereotypes presented in the documentary were insulting to Africans and people of African descent around the world. It is unconscionable that you chose to end the Twentieth Century with such a devastating slap in the face of Black people everywhere.

"The content of the program was bad enough. But to add insult to injury, the series was narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, whose questionable credentials are made worse by a history of degrading Black scholars, trivializing African history and demeaning himself and his discipline."

It is the position of ASCAC that, if PBS does not "air an alternative documentary of equal length to that presented by Gates," it will encourage African Americans "and others of goodwill" to take drastic actions against PBS and its sponsors. A full text of the letter is included at the end of our Feature story. Since the letter has been written to be duplicated, passed on and signed by the general public, please feel free to download it, sign it and send it to John Swope, Interim President of PBS.

This issues' Feature story is a critique of " The Wonders Of The African World" by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, one of the founders of Africentrism and former chairman of the African American Studies Department at Temple University. Asante's piece is one of numerous authoritative commentaries that have been written on the Gates documentary.

In this issue our Revelation focuses again on the Black presence in America before Columbus. In 1975, excavators found the skull of an African woman in a cavern in Brazil. Its "Negroid" features were not revealed until 1999. What is important about this finding is that it represents the most ancient skull ever discovered in the Americas. Of course this has caused much soul-searching among conventional Western authorities, who dismiss all evidence of transocean voyages to the Americas before Europeans. Evidence of their monumental fraud can be found in the January, 2000 issue of the Atlantic Monthly.* In an article entitled "The Diffusionists Have Landed," writer Mark K. Stengel presents virtually every theory relating to pre-Columbian voyages to the New World except that of the Africans. Yet, as we know, the most persuasive evidence of a pre-Columbian presence in the Americas is that of Black people. In keeping with this, we present the writings of early Latin American scholars, which reflect their considered opinions that Africans did indeed reach the Americas, mixed with and influenced Native Americans long before Columbus. To reinforce their views, we have also added the early opinions of a number of authorities regarding the African characteristics of the giant, pre-Columbian Olmec stoneheads.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the articles in this issue appears as a part of our ongoing Health Watch series. Entitled "Prolotherapy: The Miracle Cure…," this piece is nothing short of revolutionary. Perhaps, a brief case history will titillate your interest: In a letter to Ross A. Hauser, M.D., published in his outstanding book, "Prolo Your Pain Away," R.M., age 41, wrote that, "[a]fter a dozen x-rays and [an]MRI scan, the doctors said the pain in my hip was probably due to a fall from the year before and hereditary arthritis that had settled in my joints. The pain became so great that I had to stop all physical activity and for weeks at a time I could barely walk." R.M. was wheelchair bound. Her doctors recommended that she have a hip replacement.

A physical therapist recommended that R.M. see a Prolotherapist. She reluctantly visited Dr. Hauser in Oak Park, Illinois. One week after receiving consultation and her first treatment, R.M. "was riding [her] bike ten miles a day and [she and her] husband started ballroom dancing again."

This remarkable story is just one of thousands of testimonials of people who have chosen Prolotherapy rather than surgery and other treatments. We are so impressed by this little known treatment-that is AMA approved and practiced by only two or three hundred doctors in America-that we have included two articles on the subject in this edition of MA'AT.

The first is former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's forward to "Prolo Your Pain Away." The second is "Prolotherapy: The Ace in the Hole," by Dr. Hauser. This is must reading. IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING SURGERY, PLEASE READ ABOUT PROLOTHERAPY FIRST. This remarkable treatment has no side effects, involves no drugs or surgery and is inexpensive. Prolotherapy, which is about 50 years old, allows the body to heal itself.

Finally, in this issue there is no Personal Profile, but we have included some of your encouraging letters. Please keep them coming.

As always, our dynamic videotape, "When Black Men Ruled The World," is available at 800 788-CLEGG.


Legrand H. Clegg II


By gregory on Sunday, March 5, 2000 - 02:05 pm:

Love and power to all blacks from a rich brother in holland Europe


By Martin on Thursday, March 23, 2000 - 03:23 pm:

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