Plans to teach GCSE pupils Africans came to Britain before the English branded as ‘pro-immigration propaganda’ by critics
GCSE pupils will be taught that some of the island’s earliest inhabitants were Africans, arriving before English people
The plans has caused an uproar, said to be ‘pro-immigration propaganda’
A key text for the course is the book Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, by Marxist writer and journalist Peter Fryer
By SIAN BOYLE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
11 January 2016
Plans to teach children about claims that Africans arrived in Britain before the English have provoked uproar and were denounced as ‘pro-immigration propaganda’.
GCSE pupils will be taught that some of our country’s earliest inhabitants were Africans who arrived here before English people, as part of a history syllabus offered by the Oxford and Cambridge examination board (OCR).
The course, Migration To Britain c. 1,000 to c. 2010, will be offered to thousands of history students throughout England from September.
One of the key texts on the course reading list is the 1984 book Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, by English Marxist writer and journalist Peter Fryer.
The Mail on Sunday reported that in the book Mr Fryer writes: ‘There were Africans in Britain before the English came.’
He refers to a Roman legion of North Africans briefly stationed on Hadrian’s Wall in the 3rd Century, before the arrival of Anglo-Saxons.
Up to 500 ‘Aurelian’ Moors – named in honour of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, popularised in the film Gladiator – manned a fort near Carlisle. But there is no evidence they ever settled there.
The course literature states that: ‘This course will enable students to learn how the movement of people – European, African, Asian – to and from these islands has shaped the story of this nation for thousands of years.’
Its creators claim the course addresses the ‘white male-dominated’ view of history – but it has outraged some of Britain’s most eminent thinkers.
The course was created with academics from the Black and Asian Studies Association but has been condemned as ‘pro-immigration propaganda’ at a time when the subject is especially sensitive.
Booker and Nobel prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul told the Mail on Sunday: ‘Once again political correctness is distorting our [?] history and the education of our children.’
And historian Sir Roy Strong, author of The Story Of Britain, said: ‘This stands history on its head, projecting back on to the past something that isn’t true.’
Campaign for Real Education chairman Chris McGovern said: ‘The country is being sold down the river by the politically correct brigade and national identity sacrificed for minority groups to feel included. It’s pro-immigration propaganda.’
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To help children develop a good understanding of English history they should be taught that immigration and demographic change are reversible. The expulsion of the Jews by King Edward I is a good example of this. It was carried out in a humane manner.
It is most likely that the great majority of the Roman legionaries from those parts of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean, who were stationed on Hadrian’s Wall, would not have chosen to settle permanently in what for them would have seemed a very alien environment.
Needless to say, the Black Prince did not have a black skin and there never was a black Roman emperor. Nor were the Egyptian pyramids built by Negroes.
There is nothing wrong with a ‘white male-dominated view of history’ or anything else for that matter. Herodotus, the ‘father of history’ was, of course, a white man and most good historians have usually been white men. The best historians still tend to be white men. Is anyone really surprised at this fact?
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