To some, the continent is a depressing place whose people are bereft of the will to cope with political, economic and moral decline. Others are of the impression that the continent sits on superstition, resentment and xenophobia. According to Harris (1996), the rest of the world treat the African continent as a pet and view them with fear and loathing.Contrary to this uncouth mislabelling, the opinion of Parker et al (2001)is that the problem for historians is how to reconstruct the lived experience of individual Africans within narratives of social change, economic transformation and imperial conquest. Inwhat appears like a defence of Africa, according to his review of Darkest England, Harris (1996) reveals that Christopher Hope is not content with detailing the unwholesome diet and odd sexual practices of the English; he also finds even their impulses to do good sinister. According to him, once set upon that path, the English are merciless.
Europeans and Africans were close neighbors and allies, until the Europeans got lazy and greedy and jumped to the conclusion that if they to their loyal neighbors into slavery then all of their problems would be solved. In the mid- 15th century the Africans and Europeans broke their alliance as the Africans had been betrayed for money and labor. The Europeans got very greedy and sold their neighbors for a large amount of money, or used them for personal labor. During the middle passage the Africans were beaten and starved to death. The journey through the middle passage and the slave trade experience caused physical,emotional, and social pain among the captured Africans who were separated from family, treated with mounds of disrespect, and forced to make life changing delicious that could lead to brutal punishments.
Due to this, Africans were considered as uncivilized societies that had already psychologically and morally marginalized the people. Not only this, they were also interrupted from the ancient African civilizations and generally ignored the contributions of the continent for world development. Rather Africans have been considered as burden of world development and even after the independence of the continent from the colonization, the condition couldn’t be changed. This has provided the continent for trusteeship program and the Aid seekers since Africans have been considered as backward
They argue that Europeans saw African Americans like themselves and not like Africans form Africa. The fourth essay was written by David Eltis its titled “The Cultural Roots of African Slavery”. He argues that Africans were not just enslaved for economic purposes but he also argues that it would have been cheaper to enslave Europeans and bring them in New World. Lastly, the most likely explanation of why were Africans enslaved was David Eltis’s argument. That stated Africans were not just enslaved for economic purposes but he also argues that it would have been cheaper to enslave Europeans and bring them in New World.
Africa is the second largest and populous continent in the world. It is considered as the developing continent and 80% of it is in below the line of developed community. From the time of colonization Africans started facing a lot of problems such as: political instabilities caused by African leaders practicing a lot of corruption, coup d’états and much more. In the economy of the continent the number of GDP per capita is still low compared to the rest of the world and there are many arable places which have not been used. Insecurity in Africa is still also a big challenge where we still see many terrorist groups on the coast which contributes much to the downfall of the continent and also other different civil wars which are happening, we can talk about civil war in Central Africa republic, in Republic of Burundi and also we can’t forget
Little by little European cultures started to occupy the tradition of Africa. It was clearly exposed in the novel “A Bend in the River” that politics was the main reason for the changes. The use of French in many official places, the creation of ‘New Domain’ and the new education system were all the signs of European culture. Even the President of Africa, the lover of his native language used French words in his speeches. All this changes caused the feuds and violence.
They are equal to us as we are to each other and thousands and thousands are being ripped from their own land. If we do not stop this now all of Africa will go down in history as the continent destroyed by the British. First of all the argument many make to support the slave trade is that Whites are superior to Africans and they have more skills and intelligence that they desperately need. I would like to destroy this argument from the start in saying that this is completely wrong. There is absolutely no proof that Africans are less talented or less intelligent than Whites.
The Europeans ignorant ideals of what Africa is and how the people of Africa are. Their ignorant thinking of Africans supposed barbarism and savagery, their superiority complex that lead them into thinking that they would be better suited to rule over these unruly, undeserving and unequipped to handle the rich resources that Africa had to offer. This ignorant mind set is ever so present in Kurtz. This point is made ever so clear in Chinua Achebe’s “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Hear of Darkness”. In it Achebe points out: “Students of Heart of Darkness will often tell you that Conrad is concerned not so much of Africa as with the deterioration of one European mind caused by solitude and sickness … that the point of the story is to ridicule Europe’s civilising mission of Africa.” In this statement Achebe’s is referring to Kurtz.
Since then the segregation escalated due to events which caused hatred between the two races. Apartheid began because the two races had very different views on living; Afrikaners began to believe that they were superior to the black people in South Africa. Due to the Afrikaans perspective, Afrikaans nationalism was enhanced because they thoroughly believed that the segregation had to take place because God wanted to set the Boer Nation apart. Afrikaners even believed that they were direct decedents of the Israeli Nation, in other words “the chosen nation of God”. The Afrikaans nation had faced a brutal war in the late 1800s against a British regime who were interested in South Africa because the country was rich in diamonds.
The fate of Africa was in the European hands! As a result, Africans had a wide range of actions and reactions towards European imperialism. Some Africans tried to resist by using diplomacy that aimed to maintain peace with the Europeans. In other cases, some fled the European imperialism and others decided to fight back in a violent way. To begin with, many Africans did not want to engage in violence with Europeans instead they used diplomacy.