Understanding history is important, because it is when you understand where you come from that will understand how you got here but most importantly where you are going.
Understanding history is about knowing and understanding the reason for things.
For example, understanding the history of school and public education, makes us understand that school was a small factory designed to produce obedient workers for a big factory.
Understanding the history of advertising, let us know that the objective of advertising in the industrial revolution era was to encourage consumerism.
Understanding the history of pyramids, mathematics, certain inventions, informs us that people African descent are capable of great innovations.
Understanding history, is understanding that slavery is not African history, slavery interrupted African history.
Understanding the history of words informs us that it is wrong to call black people Kaffirs, it is wrong to call Kullies [Makula] refer to Indians, it is wrong to call people Khoisan, or even Coloured. referring to people of mixed race, it is wrong to call people Makwerekwere referring to African foreign nationals.
There has never been a people called Khoisan. The term was coined by a zoologist in 1928. The zoologist used the victims of the Herero and Namaqua genocide to conduct racist experiments and studies in an effort to prove that our people were inferior to white people.
When we understand better, we are expected to do better.
Unfortunately, those who don’t know history, continue to call people Coloured, or Makula or Khoisan.
Even more unfortunate is those who know history and understand the meaning of these words but continue to call people Kaffirs, Makula, Makwerekwere.
History is not only about the past, but about the current, where are we now and who and how we treat people, and it is about the the future, where we are going and why?
Today is history.
Sometimes we have to remember the most important history is the history we are making today.
Today is the opportunity to create the history we want.