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RESPONDS ON SUNJATA AND FREDRICK DOUGLASS READINGSIn the story The Guardian of the Word it shows how Africans Americans and modern post-colonial Africans are a like in rejection of history and traditional culture The griot in the story was trying to explain the history and lineage to a young African boy when his teacher came and deliberately interrupted the lesson The teacher regarded the griots lesson as meaningless and trivial compared to modern day teachings The teacher did not understand or want to understand the old traditional way and culture from whence he came The teacher represents the African Americans ignorance of their culture while the groit and boy symbolizes the old knowledge and desire to learn it Moreover it is important to know and remember ones past wither it be good or bad If it is good why not continue and let the future be as fruitful as the past If it was a bad event can a lesson be learned from it One would not want to repeat a grievous incident because failure to acknowledged it happen before For example slavery for black people was a terrible act so to pretend that such an event did not happen or became null to the causes that produces it is a trap set for oneself An ignorant person of his culture and history leaves themselves open to all the predators ready to devour like a lamb without its shepherd Besides having a rich cultural memory makes one whole and strong There is no doubt that anything can be conquered and tamed There is a sense of passion for ones being like the famous poem EGO TRIPPING I made the pyramids and the wonderful mystery of the Sphinx Is this not a marvelous history to rememberIn respond to Fredrick Douglass he becomes the master of his own fate and not his white overseer He realizes his worth Why should he be the butt quoting from The
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