1. John Turner John Turner United States says:

    Here is some TRUTH for you Stefan van Westing:


    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 them 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 signal.

    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 and W. A. Love invented the Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it, Black.

    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 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-barefooted, 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 and W.E.B. Dubois.

    Read more at www.snopes.com/.../blackinv.asp

    • Terri Skidmore Terri Skidmore United States says:

      MLK was a commie degenerate, nothing more.  

      So, you're saying that just in the last 50 years or so blacks have devolved that far, that fast?  Wow!

    • Dawn Ewers Dawn Ewers United States says:

      So many to go through.

      You do know you don't need a pencil sharpener to print a magazine or newspaper.  You can thank a white person for that-Johannes Gutenberg.

      There were crops before the white man even got here.  Thanks to the Indians and taught many white people to plant.

      Elisha Otis invented the elevator, hence the Otis mark on every elevator.

      There were standards before there were automatics and they get better gas mileage.  You don't need a Super Charge System to make an engine work. When I look up traffic light inventor I get-J. P. Knight.

      Wow, I keep looking up other things and still not coming up with the names you have.  A lot of the stuff I don't even use.  A

      I do believe, given some time, that there will be a way to claim that blacks built the first airplane and steam liner and who knows what else.

    • Lady Wolf Lady Wolf United States says:

      There has been primitive elevators since 3 century BC.  In 1823, two architects Burton and Hormer built an "ascending room" as they called it, this crude elevator was used to lift paying tourists to a platform for a panorama view of London. In 1835, architects Frost and Stutt built the "Teagle", a belt-driven, counter-weighted, and steam-driven lift was developed in England.   In 1846, Sir William Armstrong introduced the hydraulic crane, and in the early 1870s, hydraulic machines began to replace the steam-powered elevator.  In 1853, American inventor Elisha Otis demonstrated a freight elevator equipped with a safety device to prevent falling in case a supporting cable should break. This increased public confidence in such devices. In 1853, Elisha Otis established a company for manufacturing elevators and patented (1861) a steam elevator. While, Elisha Graves Otis did not actually invent the first elevator, he did invent the brake used in modern elevators, and his brakes made skyscrapers a practical reality.
      In 1857, Elisha Otis and the Otis Elevator Company began manufacturing passenger elevators. A steam-powered passenger elevator was installed by the Otis Brothers in a five-story department store owned by E.W Haughtwhat & Company of Manhattan. It was the first public elevator.  Electric elevators came into to use toward the end of the 19th century. The first one was built by the German inventor Werner von Siemens in 1880.  Then, Alexander Miles patented an electric elevator (U.S. pat#371,207) on October 11, 1887.

      2. The lawn mower was invented in 1830 by Edwin Beard Budding, an engineer from Stroud, Gloucestershire, England.

      3.  On July 17, 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier designed the first modern air-conditioning system.  Frederick Jones was born 1893 so that would make him only 9 yrs old at the time the air conditioner was built.

      4.  Sir Joseph Swann of England and Thomas Edison both invented the first electric incandescent lamps during the 1870s.

      5. September 4, 1849 that the first street sweeper was patented by C.S. Bishop of Easton, Pennsylvania. It was a towed attachment fitted with a rotating brush wheel. The brush swept refuse onto a conveyor that lifted the material into a holding bucket.

      6.  Urban development got a major boost in 1887 when inventor Frank Julian Sprague developed the world's first successful electric street railway system.  

      Maybe you should have read all that was on snopes and realize all those that was said was not true.  Try to do research for once instead.

      • Mike Jones Mike Jones United States says:

        1.) The glider
        2.) The battery (potentially)
        3.)The glass knife (found to be cleaner and less scaring than the metal knives still in use today
        4.)air conditioning unit         Frederick M. Jones      July 12, 1949
        almanac                       Benjamin Banneker       Approx 1791
        auto cut-off switch           Granville T. Woods      January 1, 1839
        auto fishing devise           G. Cook                 May 30, 1899
        automatic gear shift          Richard Spikes          February 28, 1932
        baby buggy                    W.H. Richardson         June 18, 1899
        bicycle frame                 L.R. Johnson            October 10, 1899
        biscuit cutter                A.P. Ashbourne          November 30, 1875
        blood plasma bag              Charles Drew            Approx. 1945
        cellular phone                Henry T. Sampson        July 6, 1971
        chamber commode               T. Elkins               January 3, 1897
        clothes dryer                 G. T. Sampson           June 6, 1862
        curtain rod                   S. R. Scratton          November 30, 1889
        curtain rod support           William S. Grant        August 4, 1896
        door knob                     O. Dorsey               December 10, 1878
        door stop                     O. Dorsey               December 10, 1878
        dust pan                      Lawrence P. Ray         August 3, 1897
        egg beater                    Willie Johnson          February 5, 1884
        electric lampbulb             Lewis Latimer           March 21, 1882
        elevator                      Alexander Miles         October 11, 1867
        eye protector                 P. Johnson              November 2, 1880
        fire escape ladder            J. W. Winters           May 7, 1878
        fire extinguisher             T. Marshall             October 26, 1872
        folding bed                   L. C. Bailey            July 18, 1899
        folding chair                 Brody & Surgwar         June 11, 1889
        fountain pen                  W. B. Purvis            January 7, 1890
        furniture caster              O. A. Fisher            1878
        gas mask                      Garrett Morgan          October 13, 1914
        golf tee                      T. Grant                December 12, 1899
        guitar                        Robert F. Flemming, Jr. March 3, 1886
        hair brush                    Lydia O. Newman         November 15, 18--
        hand stamp                    Walter B. Purvis        February 27 1883
        horse shoe                    J. Ricks                March 30, 1885
        ice cream scooper             A. L. Cralle            February 2, 1897
        improv. sugar making          Norbet Rillieux         December 10, 1846
        insect-destroyer gun          A. C. Richard           February 28, 1899
        ironing board                 Sarah Boone             December 30, 1887
        key chain                     F. J. Loudin            January 9, 1894
        lantern                       Michael C. Harvey       August 19, 1884
        lawn mower                    L. A. Burr              May 19, 1889
        lawn sprinkler                J. W. Smith             May 4, 1897
        lemon squeezer                J. Thomas White         December 8, 1893
        lock                          W. A. Martin            July 23, 18--
        lubricating cup               Ellijah McCoy           November 15, 1895
        lunch pail                    James Robinson          1887
        mail box                      Paul L. Downing         October 27, 1891
        mop                           Thomas W. Stewart       June 11, 1893
        motor                         Frederick M. Jones      June 27, 1939
        peanut butter                 George Washington Carver    1896
        pencil sharpener              J. L. Love              November 23, 1897
        phone transmitter             Granville T. Woods      December 2, 1884
        record player arm             Joseph Hunger Dickenson January 8, 1819
        refrigerator                  J. Standard             June 14, 1891
        riding saddles                W. D. Davis             October 6, 1895
        rolling pin                   John W. Reed            1864
        shampoo headrest              C. O. Bailiff           October 11, 1898
        spark plug                    Edmond Berger           February 2, 1839
        stethoscope                   Imhotep                 Ancient Egypt
        stove                         T. A. Carrington        July 25, 1876
        straightening comb            Madam C. J. Walker      Approx 1905
        street sweeper                Charles B. Brooks       March 17, 1890
        thermostat control            Frederick M. Jones      February 23, 1960
        traffic light                 Garrett Morgan          November 20, 1923
        tricycle                      M. A. Cherry            May 6, 1886
        typewriter                    Burridge & Marshman     April 7, 1885

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