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WHITEWASHING THE BLACK TRUTH BY BLACK HISTORIANS

The Civil Writer Magazine

Why do Black historians distribute a biased presentation of history". In some circumstances they hide the living truths for more sensationalism rather than truism. Black history should be raw and uncut rather than being presented for an Oscar or Emmy. The truth is not pretty and nor should it be presented that way. As an example, Madame C.J. Walker is not the sole success story of a Black woman, but her life was made for TV. Her role in Black History completely covers over the historic role of Anne Malone whom Madame C.J. products were embellishments from Annie Malone's hair care inventions.

Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone (August 9, 1877 – May 10, 1957) was an African-American businesswoman, inventor of hair care products and philanthropist. She was one of the first African American woman to become a millionaire. In the first three decades of the 20th century, she founded and developed a large and prominent commercial and educational enterprise centered on cosmetics for African-American women. One of Annie's selling agents, was Sarah Breedlove Davis (who became known as madam C.J. Walker when she set up her own business), operated in Denver, Colorado until a disagreement led Walker to leave the company. Ms. Walker took the original Poro formula and created her own brand of it. This development was one of the reasons which led then Mrs. Malone to copyright her products under the name "Poro" because of what she called fraudulent imitations and to discourage counterfeit versions. But Annie Malone is not mentioned in Black history as a pioneer like madame C.J. Walker.

Rosa Parks is recorded in Black history as the mother of civil rights but Rosa wasn't the first to do the heroic act of not moving her seat to the back of the bus. The reason why Rosa Parks got the press was because her background was more photogenic than Claudette Colvin.

Claudette Colvin (born September 5, 1939) a nurse was the real pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. On March 2, 1955, she was arrested at the age of 15 in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman on a crowded, segregated bus.

Black History is the achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central figures roles in blacks and in U.S. history. Yet, Black history is whitewash a metaphor meaning "to gloss over or cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data".