A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people
who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and
wished themselves away.

They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight
zone where there is an America without black people.

At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they said No
more crime, drugs, violence and welfare. All of the blacks have gone! Then
suddenly, reality set in. The "NEW AMERICA" is not America at all-only a
barren land.

1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was
built on a slave-supported system.

2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black
man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty
reaching higher floors.

3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man,
invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented the
Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A.
Morgan, a black man, invented the traffic signals.

4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its
procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man,
Albert R. Robinson.

5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could
operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American,
Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper.

6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John
Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain
pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine W. A. Love
invented the Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it,

7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they
would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented
the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys invented the
Hand Stamp and Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.

8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the
Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the Lawn Mower.

9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly ventilated
and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner
and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace.

Their homes were also dim. But of course, Lewis Lattimer later invented the
Electric Lamp, Michael Harvey invented the lantern and Granville T.
Woods invented the Automatic Cut off Switch.

Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W. Steward invented the Mop
and Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.

10. Their children met them at the door-barefoot ed, shabby, motley and
unkempt. But what could one expect?

Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons
invented the Comb, Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board and George T.
Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.

11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this
turmoil. But here again, the food had spoiled because another Black Man,
John Standard invented the refrigerator.

Now, isn't that something? What would this country be like without the
contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans? Martin Luther King, Jr.said,
"by the time we leave for work, Americans have depended on the
inventions from the minds of Blacks." Black history includes more than just
slavery,Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and
Marcus Garvey & W.E.B. Dubois.