Today he is seen as a controversial figure not because of that mistake, but because of the largely negative actions he took when he reached the Americas. His treatment of the natives and brutal tactics he used have rather recently began to loom over his accomplishments in the history books. It does however remain undeniable that he did allow Europeans to become aware of the presence of the Americas. That one voyage inspired the immigration of countless people of a variety of different backgrounds to North, South, and Central America. Consequently, an extreme exchange of agriculture, medicines, goods, religions, ideas, and unfortunately diseases occurred, which produced negative and positive effects on the land.
Johnson in 1898, she states “Johnson maintained European ascendancy in Africa ominously signaled that whites would soon subjugate blacks across the continent” (Mitchelle 2). And demonstrated in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness by the character Kurtz, whose documents contained a message “Exterminate all the brutes” (Conrad 63). Which supports the killing of Congolese who tried to resist the highhandedness of the Imperial company. Also, Harrison’s poem alluded to the construction of the kings and chiefs in Africa as subjects to the European dictates and whose powers are no more binding to his people but to the imperial power superimposed on them all because of the Eurocentric perception of having a burden to make the ‘other’ be like or defined to the standard set. This is a process of othering which supports the idea of subjugation and mastering of the inferior.
What is now seen today as blatant racism was common though during the late 19th century. Much of the obvious segregation was due to the boom in scientific discoveries, which gave white Europeans supposed evidence to discriminate against other races, typically groups of people they were already biased against. Specifically, Darwinism and the term “survival of the fittest” gave rise to detrimental ideas of differences between races. The new discoveries in the field of genetics led the population into a world of misguided superiority. These scientific revelations paved the road to racism, which can easily be seen in works of the time, such as Joseph Conrad’s questionable novel, Heart of Darkness.
South Africa also has white privilege problems just like we have in America, which are shown in Savo Heleta’s article “White privilege and hypocrisy in South Africa”. Heleta visited South Africa as a study abroad student and noticed that the quality of life of for the black citizens was way worse than the posh spaces that were reserved for whites. I have also personally discussed with those who are originally from the UK, and they claim that there is white privilege similar to the kind they receive here in America. So obviously the invisible knapsack is quite visibly a problem elsewhere and not just America. To conclude there is clear evidence that the invisible knapsack is real and I have experienced the privileges firsthand.
The people of India were being held back by the mistakes being made in Britain. These mistakes were only making this nation suffer. India was at suffrage for such an extensive period of time that things that we would call hard living was actually better for them “Send us to prison and we will live there is paradise” (Applebee 377). Gandhi only wanted a voice for his country to end the suffering of others
Over time, because the minorities are so different from their own, the dominant culture of the imperialist empires begins to fear and hate the minorities, just for being what they are. The first example of this use of race is that, over time, the dominant culture begins to fear betrayal and warfare if it grants access to the minority races. In this case, the United states, from the perspective of “the whites; [fears that] the Indians [,] being led on by the negro [,] who is better acquainted with the customs, language, and manners of the whites, than the Indian, these savages would become much more formidable than they otherwise would, and long and bloody wars would be the fruits of the comingling of the races.” (Limerick 278) The dominant culture, over time, begins to fear that the races will, if given the chance to assimilate and learn from the dominant race, will unite together and betray the dominant race, so it is better to keep them separated from each other and the dominant culture. Essentially, comingling will also produce future wars, if not with the dominant culture than between the minorities as a result. Paraphrase: let one in to American society, the rest will follow.
Heart of darkness was a novel authored by Joseph Conrad in 1899. It was established on Imperialism that was the invading of a poorer state by a state of power. The novel is concerning the excursion of White imperialism that took place in the Belgian Congo, it displays the intense paining of the Africans who were ill-treated by their colonisers. The novel conveys Conrad’s impression of the Whites who utilized power above natives, about what he saw, did, and felt in the Congo. The label mentions to the bad things that transpired in Africa and how people modified and the evil deeds that they seized portion in, denoting to the Europeans who were corrupt and money pursuing to the extent that they should do whatever just to make money.
The book The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson, shows the reader the fault of European history and culture study that lack the acknowledgement of African American history. The educational system misinforms African American students, as well as society neglect to prepare African American to be successful in a system they live in. In the book Woodson states “the so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples” (Woodson,1933, p.3). Woodson's statement means the education system benefits other races except African American, based on that it benefits mainly whites because they were slave owner and view their race as superior. Woodson includes
Selfishness is caring more about yourself and getting ahead in your life than caring for others in life. The twentieth century in England was a very dark time, and the literature was a great representation of that. Inherent selfishness and greed are basic human traits that are prominently shown through the thoughts, actions, and words of those in twentieth century literature such as Heart of Darkness, “The Hollow Men”, and “The Soldier”. In Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness, Marlow, the main character, travels to the Congo to do what at first seems like a good deed. He was going to work for a company that claimed they were making the area more civilized, but in reality, they were selfishly taking over the land while overworking the natives.
For example, the Romans had participated in enslaving the Greeks. Racism took root after extensive interaction with Africans. With their multiple explorations, Europeans realized that they owned better technology than other nations and races. Additionally, they saw Africans as barbaric creatures who needed to be regulated. With more interaction, they started seeing themselves as superior to the other