Bajan with Afrocentric mission
His main aim is to get the current generation interested in learning about their history and Africanism. For that reason, Ricardo Waldron, 39, has made it a duty of his to write books, based on research, as he seeks to keep history alive.
Over 20 years ago, Waldron left Barbados to live in the United States. Initially he went there to study, majoring in computer studies, but later decided to stay and work.
However, his curiosity about the history of his race and people of African descent led him to join a movement –– the Ausar Auset Society. It is a special type of pan-African religious organization that provides, among other things, Afrocentric-based spiritual training to the African diaspora in general. He was introduced to Africanism; Afrocentrism.
“That is what I got fixated on; understanding that black people, before Caucasian people, had a sense of family, culture, or a distinct definitive group on the planet. We had civilization with doctors, lawyers and that type of thing. And I wanted to know why and how,” said Waldron.
So far, he has written three books: The God Genes Decoded, Volumes I, II and III.
“The first book starts with . . . the foundation and origin of Christianity. The second book is based on the . . . foundations and origins of Islam. The third book was meant to be . . . the origins of Judaism. But when I got to the third book, I decided I wanted to give people in the culture a clear method for using a culture for their survival,” he said, as he sought to give a synopsis of what the books were about.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY during one of his short trips to Barbados from the United States recently, Waldron admitted the third book was not as detailed as he wished, and so his intent was to write a fourth soon. He said he also intended to challenge some forms of scientific methods that were widely used, as well as some historical teachings.
“We have millions of [black] people going to school every year and they are reading history books that are not even accurate, and do not even represent the contribution the people not only made to laying down a foundation of human civilization on the planet but continue [to]. We have a plethora of black inventors in recent history,” he said.
He also wanted to write on issues surrounding myths and fiction to “really help children to dream”. Waldron stressed that it was critical for the current generation to learn about their ancestry “because science and technology are starting to advance so fast, and a lot of black people still don’t believe that their people have ever had the level of understanding that Western academia documentary is showing about science”.
His books are not yet available in Barbados, but may be ordered online. Waldron said their reception had been overwhelming worldwide.
“I remember there was a point when I sold about 600 books in about three or so months; and that was when I was on a talk show one day a week for one hour. Outside of that, if you don’t keep up on marketing, your books don’t [sell]. This was launched after the recession and that is why I am proud of the success.
“Between all three, to date I have sold about 2,500 books personally, and the bulk of that has been Volume I,” said the author.
Waldron’s first book was published five years ago; the second in 2009; and the third in 2012.
“The first book took me nine months to complete, and then another three months to publish. I self-publish.
“I wrote that book and edited probably 90 per cent of it. I did the layout in that book. I put the cover design together . . . and I chose the artwork for that book. So it is a labour of love. I learn to be self-sufficient,” said the Barbadian-born.
“I have sold books to people in Barbados from Amazon.com. I have sold books in Switzerland, Japan, Norway and Italy. I can keep track of my sales because I am the primary person who does it all,” he said.
Adorned with a string of beads around his upper body as he sat on the verandah of his Blackman’s Field, Pine, St Michael residence, Waldron said he did so because it was “royal, military and beautiful”.