Technology and the African American Experience

As the world moves into the postmodern age of the 20th century technological boom, it is imperative that people of African descent carve out a dominate position as business owners and innovators. The historical relationship between Black people and technological advancement has been one with great discord, leaving the race mostly dependents rather than guardians within the new economy which began to emerge preceding the industrial revolution.

Unfortunately, it has been easy to identify the shortcomings within the African Diaspora when it comes to owning the technologies that drive social advancement; however, it has not been as easy to identify the historical origins for these shortcomings.

On the surface, it obvious that hundreds, if not thousands of Black inventors were denied patents as well as had their inventions stolen. Nevertheless, because of America’s racist foundation, most historical reference material fail to identify or give credit to these Black inventors virtually writing them out of history.

This is where Bruce Sinclair;s well thought out book, Technology and the African American Experience, begins its journey.

This uniquely researched book is a collection of essays that brings together many of the top minds in academia to study the participation, or lack thereof, of African Americans in the development and ownership of increasing complex new technologies in the United States.

Technology and the African American Experience, uncovers the lost history of the African American experience with respect to technology going as far back as the innovative West African rice farming systems that ultimately made their way to South Carolina and Georgia plantations.

Technology and the African American Experience, should be the primary starting point for anyone looking to reveal the true background of American innovation. Covering topics as diverse as the use of newspaper comic strips as a means of historical knowledge transfer, to presenting a research proposal for educating African Americans in the field of engineering, Bruce Sinclair has laid the foundation for all future research within the realm of Black technology.

I must forewarn you, this book is lacking one major component, the analysis of the internet and computer boom with respect to Africans in the Diaspora. This topic is one that desperately needs to be researched from a historical and academic perspective, and would be the logical next step for Mr. Sinclair as well as other writers in this field.

All in all, I still highly recommend that this book is read by all adults and children as the knowledge it holds is rarely presented in such an honest and forthright nature.