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    American history is often enigmatic. It is, on the one hand, the story of the 'land of the free' and on the other, the sad tale of a country built on the backs of the exploited and enslaved. The study of what actually took place to make this nation what it truly is–a multicultural project– is becoming more obvious with each successive generation of scholarship. The study must therefore be approached carefully and seriously; for we can ill afford to continue teaching traditions of racism and exploitation as the basis of American history.

    Yet, this is exactly what we continue to do. Even though we have arrived at a stage in U.S. history–a point in time–where "American culture" is identified through Black musical traditions, European dress and housing styles, Mediterranean (Italian in particular) and Chinese cuisine, and the growth of immigrant communities of people of every race, creed and color, we still do not seem to realize that this nation is a multicultural project. As I have traveled in different parts of the country, one question always seems to come up....... "Why?" "Why isn't more Black history (and the history of other people of color as well) taught in schools?" I wish that there was a single, simple answer. Some people would argue that there is –racism. While discrimination, particularly institutional racism is the clearest single factor in the perpetuation of American inequity, our view of history is distorted by many additional factors.

    There are many many more areas from which we could draw examples that show American interdependcy. Black artists and musicians changed the face of American culture; Asian immigrants paved the way for new agricultural industries in the West Coast; scientists, doctors, lawyers, and researchers of color are changing the way we live everyday. Courageous religious leaders have redefined activism and commitment to the American Dream.

    None the less, hundreds of wonderful websites have been created to highlight African American life and history. Here are a few examples of some of the leading mega sites:

Hinson’s Afrocentric Resource Guide a compilation of wide ranging subjects, links and hyperlinks  in alphabetical order,

                                                http://afro.dlhjr.com/

The 100 Best Web Sites for African Americans

                                            http://www.dcwatch.com/iilist/100best.htm

The Grio -A well-designed, Black American mainstream news and information site, partnered with MSNBC

http://thegrio.com

African American Web Connection

                                           http://www.aawc.com/

Black History.com               http://www.aawc.com/

Black News.com                     http://www.blacknews.com/