Where Would We Be
This is a story of a little boy named
Alex. He woke up one morning and asked his mother, "Mom, what if there
were no black people in the world?"
His mother thought about what he said
for a moment and replied, "Son follow me today and let's see what it
would be like if there were no black people in the world."
Mom said, "We will get dressed so we
can start our day." Alex ran to his room to put on his clothes and
shoes. A few moments later his mother asked, "Alex, where are your
shoes? And your clothes are wrinkled so we have to iron them." She
reached for the ironing board but it was not there. Alex asked why and
his mother replied, "Alex, Sarah Boone, a black woman invented the
and Jan E. Mazelinger, a black man invented the
shoe lasting machine.
Alex sighed and proceeded to comb his
hair. To his amazement, the comb and brush were not where they
should have been. He asked his mother where the comb and brush were and
she replied, "We don't have a comb and brush since the comb was invented
by a black man named Walter Sammons and the brush was invented by a
black woman named Lydia O. Newman." Alex looked at his mother's hair and
said, "Mom your hair care products must have been invented by a black
person also because your hair is not done." His mom said, "yes, Madam C.
J. Walker invented hair care products for blacks.
Alex was beginning to understand when
his mother said it was time to eat breakfast. Alex and his mother went
into the kitchen for breakfast and discovered the refrigerator
was missing because it was invented by a black man named, John Standard,
the range oven was missing because it was invented by a black man
Thomas Carrington and the
was missing since it was invented by H. A. Jackson.
At this point, Alex yelled, "Mom we
aren't having much luck today."
Mom said, "Alex its time to start our
chores around the house and take a trip to the grocery store."
Mom told Alex his chores for the day
were to sweep the floor and cut the lawn. When Alex finished sweeping he
looked for the dust pan and to his surprise it was not there. His
mom told him it was invented by Lloyd P. Ray, a black man. Since he did
not know what to do with the trash that he swept, he swept it into a
corner and went outside to cut the lawn but the lawn mower was
not there. Thinking it had been stolen, he told his mother it wasn't
there and she told him it was because it was invented by J. A. Burr.
While Alex was trying to figure out
how he was going to cut the lawn, his mother washed clothes. When the
clothes were finished, she asked Alex to put them in the clothes
dryer but it was not there since it was invented by a black man
name, George T. Samon. By now Alex was feeling helpless and disappointed
that he could not complete his chores.
Mom asked Alex to go get a pencil and
paper so they could make a grocery list. Of course he was in for more
disappointment because the pencil led was broken and he couldn't sharpen
it since the pencil sharpener was invented by a black man
named John Love. Mom reached for a fountain pen but did not see
one since it was invented by William Purvis another black man. They were
both at a standstill since there was no typewriter since it was
also invented by a black, Lee Burridge.
The only thing left for them to do
was to go grocery shopping. The got into the car but it would not run
since Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift
and Joseph Gammel was responsible for the super-charge system for
the internal combustion engines.
By now, most of the day was gone and
it was getting cold outside. Alex asked his mother why she didn't use
the heating furnace. She replied, she couldn't since it was
invented by Alice Parker. Alex said, "let me guess, she was also black".
Alex's father walked in as he was talking to his mother. He was carrying
a hand full of mail and Alex asked why. His mother told him, he had no
choice since the letter drop mailbox was invented by a black
named Philip Downing as well the postmarking and canceling machines
were invented by William Barry who was also black.
With the wondering mind that Alex
had, he started thinking, if he ever need blood there would be no way
for him to get it since Charles R. Drew, a black scientist created the
world's first blood bank or if anyone in his life needed heart
surgery they would not be able to get it since Dr. Daniel Hale Williams,
a black physician performed the first open heart surgery.
For the first time Alex understood
what the world would be like without black people since he and his
mother were having the final conversation of the night in a dark room.
You see, the filament within the light bulb was also invented by
someone black named, Lewis Howard Latimer.
If you ever wonder, like Alex, what
the world would be like without black people, just think what it would
be like to eat in the dark on the floor, walk everywhere you have to go,
wear wrinkled clothes, not be able to write with a pen or pencil, not
comb or brush your hair and let's not forget, reading this on the
computer would be impossible since the keyboard used to type it
originated from the typewriter, get the picture.....?.