A common theme you’ll hear from right wing white nationalists is that whites somehow invented 99% of modern inventions, and that we should therefore thank and worship them. They act like they invented electricity, the car, the airplane, indoor plumbing, computers, telecommunications, modern textiles, concrete, firearms, penicillin, paracetamol, the microscope, the telescope, the internet, common law, property rights, science, philosophy, and a variety of other all-encompassing things. Simultaneously, white nationalists totally dismiss very important African American inventions such as peanut butter and the supersoaker water pistol. But have all of these so-called white inventions really been the work of white people? The answer, of course, is absolutely not.
When you trace white peoples’ history back to its roots, there is really only one invention they can lay claim to, and that is slavery. It is well established that whites invented slavery, and that slavery has only ever consisted of whites enslaving people of color. From the dawn of time, people of color have been working, and whites have been harvesting the fruits of their labor. Without the work of slaves, whites would never have had the spare time to dream about things like penicillin, and would have been working in manual labor jobs just like their slaves were, with no time to rest or think. And had it not been for Arabs, who invented Algebra, and the black Egyptians, who laid the foundations for modern civilization, whites wouldn’t have had the necessary knowledge to even begin thinking about things like electricity.
In addition, is it completely inconceivable that whites overheard black slaves talking about these inventions and stole their ideas? Would a black slave who invented something really be allowed to keep his own inventions? Of course not. So how do we know that whites even had any input into inventing these things at all? There’s no proof, and as white people they’re guilty until proven innocent.
Africans are entitled to everything because of the evil things that white people have done. In America, they are tearing down statues of white men and replacing them with statues of equally accomplished black men who are famous for fighting against racism. In South Africa, they are renaming streets, towns, buildings and airports in places with a rich Bantu history, like the Western and Northern Cape, and the extremely high altitude regions of the Transvaal like Johannesburg. African Americans are also receiving free things that they are owed from white taxpayers, and from white fools on the subway who got caught slippin’. But finally, people of color need to take the ultimate thing that is owed to them – the glory of having invented the modern world. This too belongs to people of color, like everything else.
So please join the Accredited Times’ new hashtag campaign, #NotYourInventions. Whites didn’t invent anything, and we have nothing to be grateful for.