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In a meeting, parents expressed their concerns about the few black children in the grade 6-12 private school having to acknowledge an ancestry of enslavement in an environment dominated by affluent and socially prominent Caucasian and Asian families. While it was not assumed that all Black students in the school were scholarship recipients, it was assumed that most scholarship recipients were black. Necessarily hurtful assumptions? Perhaps a prevailing configuration of status, but not the only possible or plausible configuration of which there are many possible variations. How inconvenient to be framed as needy, to have to put that on and wrap up in it as if to reconfigure neediness as defense.
All of my name Varl fits into larva, into what undergoes complete metamorphosis. Lots of small things enlarge in opportunity to... I want to blossom to prove the wide world inside. (from the text on the dress from the book)
Dress hand-sewn by Slave Moth author to fit an 18-inch American Girl doll, in order to better understand what it could be like to sew ideas, the embroidery much more tactile, like small word caterpillars, each capable of metamorphosis.
The mirrors in place, to extend what may be easily configured as dependence on seeing a configuration of enslavement that resists reconfiguration, reflect more than a less-dimensioned, generalized configuration of African-Americans; these mirrors also reflect a less-dimensioned, generalized configuration of White Americans, and those presumed to be white, those presumed to be black, those whose configurations of identity slip through back and white tines altogether. The complexity forms a more kaleidoscopic ever-shifting, ever forming and reforming map that moves in every possible direction.
To view an ancestry that includes slavery as an ultimate or Uber-boundary is to collaborate with the boundary in a manner that, whatever else the collaboration accomplishes, also boosts the boundary's power, to varying degrees, depending on configuration of the collaboration or interaction. Feedback from viewing slavery as an Uber-boundary helps it to function as an Uber-boundary. Such viewing of feedback helps Black pride wobble, and at times, in some configurations, Black Pride overcompensates as a response-interaction to correct the wobble, resulting in a reconfiguration of history more favorable to pride systems although no configuration of history is complete or infallible given what slips through the tines without any way of our knowing how much has slipped through the tines; we cannot measure well, if at all, how much we don't know or mis-know.
Each configuration of information establishes a configuration of reality in which the configured information system makes sense, or holds, on some scale in some location for some duration of time. One tine of reconfiguration involves a recent Black History Bowl; Ann Arbor, Michigan's first Black History Bowl in which Black students experience successes greater than what as a group is achieved by the Black students in non-black history academic endeavors, that is: the bowl helps to close the achievement gap better than other strategies. A completely closed gap, however, might seal (on some scale in some location for some duration of time) those closing the gap in that filled space. Bowl questions, according to the article published in the Ann Arbor News (a paper configured primarily in a print form for the last time in summer 2009), were about the achievements of African Americans, significant achievements that render discussions of an achievement gap (not a GPA gap) moot.
What is not clear from the article is whether or not the Black History Bowl was configured by the school board or by a community group or a parent-teacher-family organization, or a national organization,
so, within an unclear configuration system, it is also unclear what the source of certain configurations of black achievement facts is/was, Henry Sampson as inventor of the cell phone, for instance. Likewise, it is difficult to pinpoint the source of the same information that is configured into Henry Sampson's wikipedia entry (until someone amends it).
The wikipedia entry includes a link to Sampson's IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) listing
which states: "On 6 July 1971, Dr. Sampson invented the "gamma-electric cell," which pertains to Nuclear Reactor use. This invention produces stable high-voltage output and current to detect radiation in the ground. The gamma-electric cell made it possible to send and receive audio signals via radio waves without wires; therefore, Henry Sampson has also been credited as the inventor of a cell phone, which became available in 1983."
Though the IEEE listing links Sampson to the cell phone (configurations of cell are root tine systems and bifurcations of subsequent configurations), Sampson's listing at the Physicists of the African Diaspora site explains the gamma electric cell differently and includes a link to the patent and related abstract. As stated in the Physicists of the African Diaspora entry: "Dr. Sampson co-invented the Gamma-Electric cell which received the patent # 3,591,860 (abstract) on july 6, 1971. According to the book "Black futurists in the information age"(1997) PP.90-91, KMT Publications (submitted to copyright), "His Gamma-Electric cell device converts nuclear radiation from reactors or isotopes, directly into electricity without going through a heat cycle. In the nuclear fusion process, which involves the splitting of atoms, radioactive materials emit ionizing radiation that can cause serious damage to living tissues. Constructive methods to convert these powerfull radiating energies into practical and safe energy sources, is the fundamental philosophy behind the developpment of Sampson's Gamma-Electric Cell."
Above: Sampson patent #3,591,860
Below: patent abstract
The Physicists of the African Diaspora entry on Sampson concludes with this emboldened statement:
"Note that Henry T. Sampson is mistakenly considered the inventor of the cellular phone."
Quote from the Ann Arbor News article Ann Arbor Schools holds first Black History Bowl
by Special Writer Grace Aduroja on 30 March 2009:
Where in Africa was the world's first known university established? Answer: Timbuktu. Where was the art of writing invented? Answer: Egypt. Who invented the cell phone? Answer: Henry Sampson.
Online responses to the article of course appear in a range of configurations (as do responses to Sampson as cell phone inventor in other online locations), some questioning the significance of the racial tine (or tines) in a complex identity of the inventor of anything; does/should the race of an inventor frame/configure/endow anyone/everyone connected to (on some scale, in some location for some duration of time) that race with a configuration of credit for the invention?
At the Black Invention Myths site, which attempts to reconfigure Black History reconfigurations, there are links to locations configuring Martin Cooper as the inventor of the cell phone, including this link to a picture of Cooper with his phone.
You can conduct your own search right here (and can make/configure/invent something on the left —just by moving the cursor —something is there [to assist in the configuration of what you make using a cursor tine] something is everywhere connecting everything, at the moment the idea itself does some limited holding.)