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What if There Were No Black People in the World Today?  

August 29, 2020

Original Author Unknown: The Elder Mary Philips Twist

What if There Were No Black People in the World Today?


Original Author Unknown: The Elder Mary Philips Twist


This is a story of a little boy named KB, who woke up one morning and asked his mother, “Mom, what if there were no Black people in the World?"


“Well!” His mother Fettie, thought about that 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.” “Go get dressed and we’ll get started.”


KB ran to his room to put on his clothes, and shoes. When he returned, his mother took one look at him and said, "KB, where are your shoes? And those clothes are all wrinkled, son. I must iron them." But when she reached for the ironing board, it was no longer there.


You see, Sarah Boone, a Black woman, invented the ironing board and Jan E. Matzeliger, a Black man, invented the shoe-lacing machine. "Oh well," Fettie said, "please go and do something with your hair."

KB ran to his room to comb his hair, but the comb was not there. You wonder why? Well, Walter Sammons, a Black man, invented the comb.


KB decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. You see Lydia D. Newman, a Black woman, invented the brush.


Now, this was a sight for sore eyes! No shoes, wrinkled clothes, hair a mess! Even Mom's hair, was a mess without the hair care inventions of Madam C. J. Walker! Well, you get the picture.


Fettie said to KB, “Son, let's wash all the dirty laundry first and then take a trip to the grocery store."

KB'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 he swept his pile of dirt over in the corner and left it there. He then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. Your guess is correct. Thomas W. Stewart, yes, another Black man invented the mop.


KB yelled to his Mother, "Mom, I' m not having any luck!" "Well son," Fettie said, "let me finish washing these clothes and we will prepare a list for the grocery store." When the wash finished, she went to place the clothes in the dryer, but the dryer was not there. You see, George T. Samon, a Black man, invented the clothes dryer.


Fettie asked KB to get a pencil and some paper to prepare their list for the market. So, KB ran for the paper and pencil, but noticed the pencil lead was broken. Well, he was out luck because John Lee Love, a Black man, invented the pencil sharpener. Mom reached for a pen, but it was not there because William B. Purvis, a Black man, invented the fountain pen. She most definitely could not use the typewriting machine because Lee Burridge, yet another Black man invented the typewriter. And must we forget the advanced printing press invented by W.A. Lovette, a Black man?


Fettie decided we’ll just go on to the market without a list. As KB opened the door, he noticed the grass was as high as he was tall. You see, the lawn could not be cut because the lawnmower was invented by John Albert Burr, a Black man.


They made their way over to the car and found that it just would not go. You see, Richard Spikes, a Black man, invented the automatic gearshift and Joseph Gammel invented the supercharger system for internal combustion engines. They noticed that the few cars that were moving were running into each other and having wrecks because there were no traffic signals. Guess what, Garrett A. Morgan, a Black man, invented the traffic light.


Well, it was getting late, so they walked to the market, got their groceries and returned home. Just when she was about to put the milk, eggs and butter away, Fettie noticed the refrigerator was gone. You see, John Standard, a Black man, invented the refrigerator. So she just left the food on the countertop.

KB began to complain that he was getting mighty cold. Mom went to turn up the heat, and what do you know. Alice Parker, a Black woman, invented the heating furnace. Even in the summer time they would have been out of luck because Frederick Jones, a Black man, invented the air conditioner.


It was almost time for KB’s father to arrive home. Karon usually rode the bus. But there was no bus, because its precursor was the electric trolley, invented by another Black man, Elbert T. Robinson.

He usually rode the elevator from his office on the 20th floor, but there was no elevator because Alexander Miles, a Black man, invented the elevator.


The office mail that Karon dropped off at a nearby mailbox could not be mailed because the mailbox was no longer there. “But why?” asked KB. His Dad replied, “Philip Downing, a Black man, invented the letter drop mailbox and William Barry a Black man, invented the postmarking and canceling machine.

KB and his Mother sat at the kitchen table with their heads in their hands. Karon asked, "Why are you sitting in the dark?" “Why?” Fettie replied; “Because Lewis Howard Latimer, a Black man, invented the filament within the light bulb.”


KB quickly learned what it would be like if there were no black people in the world. Not to mention if he were ever sick and needed blood. Charles Drew, a Black scientist, found a way to preserve and store blood, which led to his starting the world's first blood bank. And what if a family member had to have heart surgery? This would not have been possible without Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, M.D. a Black man who performed the first open heart surgery. So, if you ever wondered like KB where we would be without Black people it’s pretty plain to see, we would very well be in the dark. PS: these are just a few of inventions by Black people.....I hope the eyes of your understanding have been enlightened even the more.


PrayerLine, in closing, I want to leave you with these words of Wisdom:

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."