Africa is typically thought of as being a continent full of violence and revolution. This concept may have originated from the poor treatment of Africans by the rest of the world through colonization, forced labor in Africa, and the enslaving of Africans in other regions of the world. The danger and violence that stemmed from many countries gaining independence and experiencing political upheaval has been thwarted by peacekeeping efforts from outside agencies, like the United Nations. Africa has had a violent past, but only because of the exploitation by the Europeans, and eventually Americans. Ultimately, their ethnocentrism led to violence and the stereotype of danger in Africa.
(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. Although imperialism brought government stability and education, the long term effects of imperialism in Africa were negative because natives were made slaves, borders were poorly placed, and European religion/education was forced upon them. All in all, British Imperialism hurt Africa much more than it
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.
These ideas based on prejudice on part of Europeans ultimately led to the death of thousands of people across the continent through violence, famine and wars. Countless generations of native Africans were enslaved and entire continents were plundered based on the pure malice, greed and prejudice only. Adding insult to the damage, were the ways in which these theories were presented to justify pure brutality under colonialism. Later these very theories were used by Nazi regime to wreak havoc on the Europe itself persecuting Jews, Roma, and other supposedly non-Aryan races. Even to this day such theories are used to justify wars, violence and other crimes against humanity that are based on pure greed, malice and
Colonization is an action in which one civilization captures and controls another civilization, preferably one which may be considered to be of lower status. This action is performed with the intent of civilizing and guiding another civilization.. However, this is a misconception; the advancement of a civilization is not synonymous with the physical aspects of the citizens found within that specific society. Colonization, in simple terms, is fueled by racism, an idea which assisted in the construction of the concept of white supremacy. White supremacy, or the delusion that the White race is the most superior race of all, was the powerful drive which allowed for brutal attacks to happen against people of color for thousands of years.
Xunzi, in Chapter 23 of his book, stresses on the regulation of natural human feelings to bring about virtue or man would resort to violence. Xunzi claims that people are born with desires and a fondness of profits. Two prominent examples of this nature are the Nazi totalitarian regime and African Slavery. In both these cases, a group of people were discriminated against and exploited for personal gain. The Jews in Europe, and the Africans in the United States, were treated like substandard citizens, and were violently abused and murdered.
As well he reflects the role of the imperialism of the colonials in the exploitation of Africans for their own interests rather than to enlighten the natives ' that they claimed for. It is worth noting to reveal the story of Heart of Darkness before proceeding to the responses of the critics of the novella. Heart of Darkness is a story of a white man travelled to Africa depth of Congo. He narrates what he has seen throughout his journey to the company station where Kurtz is working. Marlow accidently with the help of his aunt finds an opportunity to replace a captain killed as a result of fighting with the local tribes in Congo.
Europe imperialism over Africa resulted in situations where people like King Leopold completely abused and mistreated entire African tribes. But what exactly drove Europe to imperialize Africa? Europeans extended their power over Africa for three reasons: The newly formed economic demand, competition between nations, and the belief in cultural superiority. The European economy was transformed by
He believed imperialism make the Europeans uncivilized and the hostile environment around force them to indulge in violent acts. This belief was aggravated later in this section when Marlowe was seen accusing Africa of doing “something” to a man. May be by saying this he is pacifying himself that he is not responsible for the atrocities committed by the Company to the natives. Or he is justifying that such an uncivilized nation deserve this harsh treatment from the civilized ones. At various points in the novel we see a contrast in Marlow’s personality.
As a malingering cancer, corruption is not limited to any regime but have difference in degree. Corruption has been part and parcel of Nigerian history. During the military regime with incessant coups and counter coups that followed it, every new government accuses its predecessor of encouraging corruption only to fall victim to the same web of corruption. Economic Development does not thrive in societies or nations bedeviled with corruption as it saps all the ingredients that helps in reducing poverty, unemployment, inequality and child and maternal mortality. To achieve economic development in America, the Pendleton Act was enacted in 1883.