It sought not only to bring in a set of religion in opposition to indigenous forms of religious life, but also “it sought to bring labor, gender, and sexual relations into conformity with a particular European pattern”. It seems as if, their efforts to change the minds and hearts of natives were not limited to the act of persuasion. Nonconformist Christian missionaries often possessed a sense of moral self-righteousness that led them to act unjustly and make uninformed judgments on the indigenous norms and values of the Tswana people and the southern African region as well. An incredibly important point to note is that the image of missionary Christianity identified itself with colonialism. “Because colonialism was seen as unjust, oppressive and repressive, Christianity was as well perceived as an ally or collaborator in a system of unwarranted economic, cultural and political exploitation”.
Linguicide The intense feeling and passion that permeates the book does not in any way blind the argument about the colonization of the mind which is laid with clarity and cogency. The work also mentions how the colonizer came armed with Bible and the gun. The speakers of local languages were made to feel ashamed of their own languages. However, to do this, they themselves became masters of African languages, reducing them to writing and authoring the first ever dictionaries and grammars in these languages. They talked to the colonies being oral culture and yet put the Christian Bible in unlimited quantities in even the tiniest African language.
Here is where the Igbo and Christian religions differ. The Ibo believed in multiple of gods, whereas the Christians focus on one. They also disagree on the feelings towards their creator. Later into their conversation Mr. Brown says to Akunna, “You are afraid of Chukwu. In my religion Chukwu is a loving father and need not be feared by those who do his will” (Achebe 110).
James Chukwum Okoye is the author of chapter 5 of the book, From Every People Nation. He states that there are many African religions, however, in the modern context, “Christianity should be in creative interaction with traditional African religions.” 116. This appears to be an argument without any proof of what the claim is. In other words, I would argue saying Okoye does not provide any or necessary information for the readers to investigate further why and how the claim is true or valid. On a personal level, this Okoye’s claim appears unfair.
They genuinely thought they were doing good and helping Africa, but they were actually just hurting it in the long run. “How can [the white man understand] when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have taken up his religion also say that our customs are bad. How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? (Achebe 129)” Chenowa Achebe speaks his thoughts on imperialism here by saying that even though the white imperialists thought they were doing good, they didn’t bother to even try to understand the natives’ feelings towards them.
Furthermore stating that “the Black man can be himself, with his own church and his own Bible” Watt.P. The division of races was a conscious act of god and therefore it necessary to follow
Furthermore, Malcolm X did not see African Americans living under one constitution with the other races, especially those of lighter complexion. He preached for complete segregation, which Malcolm X coined and popularized the term separation, and in attempts to form a black society. Joining the Nation of Islam gave him the means to preach to African Americans who believed they did not have any other choices in fighting discrimination. Malcolm X was considered a radical due to his methods with the NOI, since violence was not out of the question. This contradicts Martin Luther 's view of multiracial, nonviolent approach.
The family, whether they realized it or not, were contributing to the ignorant ideals of the white man 's burden. They had originally came to the Congo to Christianize the African villagers, which overall was a political and social tactic to control the continent through imperialism. In this book, the author includes many different perspectives of this concept, including points of view from the common villagers, Nathan, the daughters, and even figures such as the Kilanga chief, Tata Ndu. Although Kingsolver doesn 't write chapters from these people 's points of view, their opinions and attitudes towards the Price family and the notion of the “white man’s burden” are presented clear enough for the reader to understand the effects of imperialism. All of family members have different opinions on what they see in the Congo, therefore they are all contributing to the White Man’s Burden in differing
African cultural morals are not written but are passed on from one generation to another. In general, people do everything possible to follow traditional laws and find it much easier to ignore biblical laws even when they are Christians. From the tribe of the researcher, the Lenje speaking people is a requirement that the dead body