Black History: Miseducation, Misrepresentation, and Exploitation of Gullah/Geechee
At one point in time, the unique national and ethnic minority, Gullah/Geechee, was often written of as being “isolated.” This “isolation” led many to seek to find this culture in order to discover if it was linguistically and historically real or if it were legend. Some stumbled upon it as they arrived on the Sea Islands for recreational activities along the beaches and through the forested areas. They wondered why the people spoke as they did and wondered how they created the crafts that they made. This “discovery” led to scores of people of African descent contributing to the misrepresentation and exploitation of the culture due to the fact that they as others of different races and cultures had been miseducated about what Gullah/Geechee culture actually is and from whence it came.
Due to the consistent influx of tourists to the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a number of “staged” engagements now take place which insure that they do not involve Gullah/Geechee that live the traditions and speak out about land issues and human rights. However, without the land, there will be no culture. Without those that live the culture, a handful of assimilated individuals will continue to be the hired hands that assist in the continued miseducation and removal system that is being financed by those that benefit from Gullah/Geechees no longer having a voice in the global political system and by them not existing on the coastline, but simply becoming imagery for museum exhibits and tourism brochures.
Tune to the Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio editions as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) does an examination of Dr. Carter G. Woodson‘s “The Miseducation of the Negro” and applies it to the current exploitation, misrepresentation, and miseducation that is happening at a number of institutions and events all in the name of “heritage tourism” while actually aiding and abetting the destructionment of cultural heritage.
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