What if there were no black people in the world? This is very interesting! This is just
amazing!! Here are some FACTS to ponder!!!
This is a story of a little boy named Theo, who woke up one morning and asked God,
“What if there were no Black people in the world? Well, God 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. Get dressed and we will get
started. “Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. But there were no
shoes, and his clothes were all wrinkled. He looked for the iron, but when he reached
for the ironing board, it was no longer there. You see Sarah Boone, a Black woman,
invented the ironing board and Jan E. Matzelinger, a Black man invented the shoe
“Oh well”, God said, “go and do your hair”. Theo ran in his room to comb his hair,
but the comb was not there. You see, Walter Sammons, a Black man, invented the
comb. Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. You see Lydia O.
Newman, a Black female, invented the brush. Well, he was a sight, no shoes,
wrinkled clothes, hair a mess without the hair care inventions of Madam C.J. Walker,
well, you get the picture.
God told Theo, “let’s do the chores around the house and then take a trip to the
grocery store”. Theo’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 this pile of dirt over in the corner and left it
there. He then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. You see, Thomas W.
Stewart, a Black man, invented the mop. Theo thought to himself, “I’m not having
“Well son” God said, “We should wash the clothes and prepare a list for the grocery
store”. When he was finished, Theo went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it was
not there. You see, George T. Samon, a Black man, invented the clothes dryer. Theo
got a pencil and some paper to prepare the list for the market, but noticed that the
pencil lead was broken as well, he was out of luck because John Love, a Black man,
invented the pencil sharpener. He reached for a pen, but it was not there because
William Purvis, a Black man, invented the fountain pen. As a matter of fact, Lee
Burridge invented the type writing machine, and W.A. Lavette, the printing press. So
they decided to head out to the market. Well, when Theo opened the door, he noticed
the grass was as high as he was tall. You see John Burr a Black man invented the
They made their way over to the car and found that it just wouldn’t go. You see,
Robert Spikes, a Black man invented the automatic gearshift and Joseph Gammel
invented the supercharge 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. You see 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 they were about to put away the milk,
eggs and butter they noticed the refrigerator was gone. You see, John Standard, a
Black man invented the refrigerator. So they put the food on the counter.
By this time they noticed it was getting mighty cold. Theo went to turn up the heat
and what do you know, Alice Parket, Black female, 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 Theo’s father to arrive
home. He usually took the bus, but there was no bus because its precursor was the
electric trolley, invented by another Black man, Elbert T. Robinson. He usually took
the elevator from his office on the 20th floor, but there was no elevator because
Alexander Miles, a Black man, invented the elevator. He usually dropped off the
office mail at a nearby mailbox, but it was no longer there because Phillip Downing, a
Black man, invented the postmarking and cancelling machine.
Theo sat at the kitchen table with his head in his hands. When his father arrived he
asked, “Why are you sitting in the dark?” Why? Because Lewis Howard Latimer, a
Black man, invented the filament within the light bulb.
Theo 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 has to have surgery. This would not
have been possible without Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a Black doctor, who performed
the first open-heart surgery. So if you ever wonder, like Theo, where we would be
without Blacks, well it’s pretty plain to see, we could very well still be in the dark.