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(Informational Piece) - "What If There Were No Black People?"

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WHAT IF THERE WERE NO BLACK PEOPLE This is a story about a little Black boy named Theo, who woke up one morning and asked God, “What if there were no Black people in the world?” Well God thought for a moment and then said, “Son, follow me around today and let’s just see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world. Get dressed and we will get started.” Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. But there were no shoes, and his clothes were all wrinkled. He looked for the iron, but when he reached for the ironing board, it was no longer there. You see Sara Boone, a Black Woman, invented the ironing board and Jan E. Matzelinger, a Black Man, invented the shoe lasting machine. “Oh well, God said, go and do your hair.” Theo ran in his room to comb his hair, but the comb was not there. You see, Walter Sammons, a Black Man, invented the comb. Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. Lydia O. Newman, a Black female invented the hair brush. Well, Theo was a sight, no shoes, wrinkled clothes, hair a mess without the hair care inventions of Madame C.J. Walker, a Black Woman, you get the picture. God told Theo, “Let’s do the chores around the house and then take a trip to the grocery store.” Theo’s job was to sweep the floor. He swept and swept and swept. When he reached for the dustpan, it was not there. You see, Lloyd P. Ray, a Black Man, invented the dustpan. So Theo swept his pile of dirt over in the corner and left it there. Theo then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. Thomas W. Stewart, a Black Man, invented the mop. Theo thought to himself, “I’m not having any luck.” “Well son, God said, “We should wash the clothes and prepare a list for the grocery store.” When the clothes finished washing, Theo went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it was not there... Full story available at: http://theblackpantherblackpoetrymuseum.htmlplanet.com