ALL ABOUT AFRICA
In one word, Colonialism
We must take a quick trip back in history to find out what happened.
What exactly is Colonialism?
Colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colony in one territory by a political power from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony and often between the colonists and the indigenous population.
In other words;
A much powerful nation sets up shop in a weaker nation by force and robs the resources and makes the natives work as slaves for little or no pay while grossly benefiting from unequal trade activities while depositing profits to it's own mother country. By doing this, Europe became stronger and Africa weaker.
Pre-colonial African tribal/kingdom communities were different as night and day to each other. Each group spoke their own language and had their own distint culture. If disagreements arose within the community, they were free to pack up and move to another area. The land could not be bought or sold; it belonged to everyone. Cattle could be owned individually. This was their way of life and was a form of government they all loved and understood.
There were thousands of these African tribal communities living under this form of self-government before the Europeans arrived. There was no national pride as we know today. These people didn't consider themselves Africans, but by the tribe or kingdom, they belonged.
At the beginning of *Japheth's colonial conquest whiched spanned 400 years, European nations dared venture inland from the coast; those that did, like the Portuguese, often met defeats and had to retreat to the coast.
But in time, several technological innovations helped to overcome this 400-year pattern. One was the development of repeating rifles, which were easier and quicker to load than muskets, and the prevention of malaria and other deadly diseases with the aid of quinine and other medical innovations. This helped to make conquest and colonization in Africa possible.
Europeans understood it wouldn't appear righteous to just invade these tribe/kingdoms of Africa without good cause, so they used Christian missionaries to allegedly spread the gospel. They also made false claims of teaching the natives the wonders and advantages of civilization, through education.
Whites believed they were from God and on a mission to help humanity. This was called "The White Man's Burden." They felt it was their duty to lift the primitive and backward African race from barbarism, disease, and darkness. But it didn't quite work out that way. Europe grew richer and Africa poorer.
Just as foretold to occur, Japheth (white man) had became enlarged.
In history, the Asians aided humanity with their great four inventions which included gunpowder, papermaking, printing and the compass. Muslims instituted the study of algebra, and also created the first university in the world, and no doubt other cultures helped humanity in higher learning.
So it's not that whites were necessarily smarter than other groups but apparently had other gifts because they would collectively go on to ultimately conquer and dominate Africa and others at will. In 1870, only 10% of Africa was under European control; by 1914 it had increased to 90% of the continent. Ethiopia and Liberia were the only two African nations to remain independent.
This mad dash for greed was called The Scramble for Africa.
Ethiopians victoriouly defending an Italian attack at the Battle of Adwa
How did Japheth achieve this position of authority over others?
As mentioned earlier, by the late 1800s, there was a major Scramble for Africa by greedy and power hungry Europeans.
False scientific teachings of that day taught the theory of white superiority as fact. This foolish belief gave them the authority to do as they pleased. Whites felt they were Savior of the world to help humanity and at the same time line their pockets with ill-gotten gain.
Various white countries became meticulous in their pillaging of vulnerable people. They even set up an organization to guide them so they wouldn't step on each other's feet. They re-mapped and re-named Africa so they wouldn't get in each other's way.
This group was called the Berlin Conference which set rules and guidelines for their horrific atrocities against humanity.
As colonialism took hold, the Europeans devised a strategy of divide and rule among the different ethnic groups of Africa giving one more prestige and power over the other which resulted in much animosity between the tribes. Many Africans were tricked and didn't realize whites were behind these injustices and would express their anger against their own black race.
Today, Japheth would love to forget the role he played in shaping present day Africa without acknowledging responsibility. But many people around the world haven't forgotten and are aware of his folly of self-righteousness and tricks.
To his credit, Franklin D. Roosevelt who was the 32nd President of the United States attempted to eradicate colonialism after WWII but found resistance with the Brittish who profited immensely from this inhumane behavior. England was the king of colonialism. Roosevelt once commented on a trip he made to Brittish Gambia:
"I think there are about three million inhabitants, of whom one hundred and fifty are white. And it's the most horrible thing I have ever seen in my life. I was there twice. The natives are five thousand years back of us. The disease is rampant. It's a terrible place for disease. And I looked it up, with a little study, and I got to the point of view that for every dollar that the British, who have been there for two hundred years, have put into Gambia, they have taken out ten. It's just plain exploitation of those people. There is no education whatsoever."|
This film is in sharp contrast with FDR statements. Shame on you Japheth!
Saviour of the world, yeah right!
Sadly, the effects of colonialism are still felt today throughout most of Africa.
With an opportunity to shine as illuminators for humanity, white countries used their knowledge as tools for hate and selfish greed. They did not uplift the world community to civilization and education as they promised. When the Europeans had finally given up control, the damage both physically and mentally was already done to most countries in Africa.
Now the process of decolonization would begin, and this would become more disastrous for the African continent than colonialism because when white countries left the continent in ruins, it resulted in a power vacuum. This allowed ruthless African leaders who craved power and greed to fill the void. Of course, we all know the result was the countless civil wars that continue to our day.
In Postcolonialism, Africans became a people who didn't understand who they were. They couldn't go back to the Pre-colonial days of living with their self-government system. This totally zapped their confidence as a people. They were lost. They would have to find themselves again. Thanks a lot Japheth.
Countless civil wars would result after the Europeans left the African continent in ruins.
The following is a listing of Europeans nations who selfishly dominated over a weaker people.
British colonies and protectorates:
Aden, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, Ascension Island, Australia, Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Norfolk Island, Bahamas, Basutoland, Bechuanaland, British Antarctic, Territory, British East Africa, British Guiana, British Honduras, British Hong Kong, British Malaya, British Somaliland, Brunei, Burma, Canada, Ceylon, Cyprus (including Akrotiri and Dhekelia), Egypt , Falkland Islands, Fiji Islands, Gambia, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Gibraltar, Gold Coast, India (including what is today Pakistan and Bangladesh),
Jamaica, Kenya, Malta, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Niue, Ross Dependency, Tokelau, Nigeria, North Borneo, Northern Rhodesia, Oman, Sarawak, Sierra Leone, Southern Rhodesia, St. Helena, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, South Africa.
Algeria, Clipperton Island, Comoros Islands (including Mayotte), French Guiana,
French Equatorial Africa, Chad, Oubangui-Chari, French Congo, Gabon, French India (Pondichéry, Chandernagor, Karikal, Mahé, and Yangon), French Indochina, Annam, Cochinchina, Laos, Tonkin, French Polynesia, French Somaliland, French Southern and Antarctic Lands,
French West Africa, Benin, Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta, Guadeloupe,
Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, La Réunion, Madagascar, Martinique, French sMorocco, New Caledonia,
Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Shanghai French Concession (similar concessions in Kouang-Tchéou-Wan, Tientsin, Hankéou),
Tunisia, Vanuatu, Wallis-et-Futuna
Depiction of the 1895 French war in Madagascar
Russian colonies and protectorates:
Åland Islands, Baltic provinces, Bessarabia, Grand Principality of Finland, Chechnya, Chuvashia, Dagestan, Dnieper Ukraine, East Karelia,
Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Kalmykia, Karachay–Cherkessia, Komi, Mordovia, Russian Poland, Tatarstan, Udmurtia, Asiatic Russia,
Adygea, Altai, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bashkortostan, Buryatia, Emirate of Bukhara, Georgia (including Mingrelia), Khakassia, Khanate of Khiva, Ossetia, Outer Manchuria, Russian Turkestan, Tannu Uriankhai, Yakutia, Yamalia
Cameroon, the Caroline Islands German New Guinea, German East Africa, German South West Africa, Gilbert Islands,
Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Togo
Italian Eritrea, Italian Aegean Islands Italian Somaliland, Italian Concession of Tientsin, Italian Libya, Italian East Africa
Dutch West India Company, Curaçao and Dependencies, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Eustatius and Dependencies,
Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Dutch Virgin Islands, New Netherland, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Dutch Brazil,
Dutch Guiana, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana, Dutch Gold Coast, Dutch East India Company, South Africa, Ceylon, Colombo,
Taiwan, Mauritius, Dutch East Indies, Dutch New Guinea, Dutch India, Cranganore, Nagappattinam, Cochin, Malaysia, Malacca,
Japan, Dejima, Hirado, (Spanish Empire(Habsburg Netherlands)/the United Kingdom of the Netherlands),
(Belgium; during the Spanish Empire. And during the United Kingdom of the Netherlands 1815–1830.),
(Luxembourg; during the Spanish Empire. And during the United Kingdom of the Netherlands 1815–1890.), (France),
(French Flanders; during the Spanish Empire.)
Azores, Portuguese Africa, Cabinda, Madeira, Portuguese Angola, Portuguese Cape Verde, Portuguese Congo, Portuguese Guinea,
Portuguese Mozambique, Portuguese São Tomé and Príncipe, Fort of São João Baptista de Ajudá, Portuguese Asia,
Portuguese India, Goa, Daman, Diu, Portuguese Macau, Portuguese Oceania, Portuguese Timor
Cape Juby, Fernando Pó, Ifni, Rio de Oro, Rio Muni, Saguia el-Hamra, Spanish Morocco
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tianjin
Danish Virgin Islands, Faroe islands, Greenland, Iceland
Belgian Congo, Tianjin
Colonial rule in the Belgian Congo began in the late 19th century under King Leopold II
Of Belgium. Leopold exploited the Congo for its natural resources, first ivory and later
Rubber which was becoming a valuable commodity. The regime in the Congo was
responsible for using forced labor, murder and mutilation to force indigenous Congolese
who did not fulfill quotas for rubber collections. It's estimated millions of Congolese
died during this time.
Mutilated Congolese children and adults.
Was the study of science the beginning
of the end for the African continent?
The beginning of the Africans troubles began with the study of science which made its debut on the world scene long before Christianity. Early on it wasn't called science, it was called Natural Philosophy. Japheth (whites) studied, compared and recorded their results of just about everything in nature and humans.
Can you imagine how this study of science had to elevate Japheth's ego and self-worth with each discovery of nature and human beings?
Over the centuries many scientists began to doubt the existence of God and proclaimed themselves as god. They ignored the fact that God is mathematically correct in his creations, so in reality, the equations and answers to the universe already exist and are known by him. Simply put, scientist or nature did not create them, God did.
Africans who had been trapped in time were not as intelligent as the Europeans. Most were illiterate and in many cases relied on passing information through griots which were African storytellers and holders of knowledge. Many African tribes/kingdoms had adamant religious beliefs which included fetishism, eating blood, human sacrifices, genital mutilations, cannibalism, etc.
The Sahara Desert wasn't always a desert but slowly grew to be one. This made it tough for Africans to travel and share in the scientific discoveries the rest of the world was experiencing. Africans became a people trapped in the past.
In time, social science would become a branch of science. Social scientist would study the Africans and being so far behind in human development would proudly proclaim whites as superior beings. They wrote many books about their perceived white superiority and broadcasted vicious theories that blacks were half human and beast and couldn't be counted as a legitimate member of the human race.
Of course, these beliefs made it much easier for them to plunder Africa along with other atrocities. Why? Because these beliefs didn't require a moral conscience. Science would soon aid in the deaths of many innocent people. Europeans perpetrated these acts as a united group.
It should be pointed out that it's possible that many of these scientists were decent people just searching for honest answers. They didn't have the information we have today, so if taken in that context, it wasn't that much out of the question about some of their theories.
Let's face it, many of the Africans of those days were in bad shape and practicing unthinkable acts. This was even documented by black explorers such as (George Washington Williams) to be true. But what makes these scientists wrong over the centuries is they haven't collectively stood together to admit they were wrong. Even to this day, blacks are associated with wild beast and every other vile thing imaginable.
The following is just one small example social science taught about black women.
Travelogues that circulated in Europe would describe Africa as being "uncivilized" and lacking regard for religious virtue. Biologists, naturalists, anthropologists, and ethnologists of the 19th century were focused on the study of colonized indigenous women, as in the case of Georges Cuvier's study of Sarah Baartman. Such cases embraced a natural superiority and inferiority relationship between the races based on European naturalists' observations; they gave rise to the perception that African women's anatomy, and especially genitalia, resembled those of mandrills, baboons, and monkeys, thus differentiating colonized Africans from what were viewed as the features of the evolutionarily superior, and thus rightfully authoritarian, European woman.|
The black African male didn't fare much better in regards to science. He was examined and studied from the top of his head to the jam in his toenails and found to lack as a human being, and more associated with the apes and monkeys of the jungle, in other words, a savage beast incapable of learning.
(It's interesting to note that today, these same Sub-Saharan Africans out-perform all races academically in America's colleges when arriving as immigrants. Google "African immigrants in college").
In time, most whites around the world believed these false theories as fact and as a result, millions of Africans died because of violence perpetrated against them. We say most whites because few spoke up to condemn these terrible acts against humanity. Their silence was a yes vote.
This erroneous belief in white superiority became a global consensus among white people, whether it was spoken or unspoken. Black people and especially black males became a target of hate over the world, but especially in America. So in todays world, social science of yesteryear not only hurt dark skinned people, but it has also ruined Japheth because he still believes in something he's not and now everyone knows it.
Will Africa ever rebound?
Africans were badly splintered and unprepared before the Europeans arrival. This is the main reason they were so easily dominated. Apparently this refusing to unite together to protect themselves and their families is a curse passed on to African-Americans.
Today, blacks in America refuse to unite honorably and peacefully to help our own. Similar to our ancestors, we simply don't like or trust each other. We continually fail to look at our race as Us/We which would make us stronger but are more likely to view ourselves as Me/I. This makes us a weak people.
Couldn't blacks unite under ONE BANNER, ONE CAUSE to do a world of good? Our young black males especially need our help so they could eventually go on to lead. Why don't we set up schools just for them to teach how to cope with the American standard of living, instead of the old Negro ghetto standard that serves them no purpose. It's obvious they're struggling, and we turn a blind eye and shake our heads.
If we reflect on our rich African-American heritage and consider how far we've come as Americans, it almost seems like we owe it to our amazing ancestors who blazed a path for our success in this world to help our weak by lifting them up.
I mean let's face it, that's what they did for us.
Our ancestors were dominated unmercifully during colonialism, only because they were less intelligent and got played by the whites. But because African-Americans are from the greatest country in the world we should now be setting a positive example not only for fellow Americans but other dark skinned people around the globe in always stressing the critical importance of uniting and education for our population.
So we will be slave no more to anyone.
All humans on earth are descended from Noah's family.The three sons of Noah would each represent future families (races) in what's called "The Table of Nations."
Shem - (meaning; named, prosperity or renown) too many to mention here, but some of the sons of Shem are Assyrians, Northern Iraqis, Hebrews, Israelis, Jews, Arabians, Bedouins, Syrians, Lebanese etc.
Ham - (meaning; hot, warm, burnt or dark) too many to mention here, but some of the sons of Ham are Canaanites, Chinese, Japanese, Asians, Malaysians, American Indians, Eskimos, Polynesians, Pacific Islanders, Ethiopians, Sudanese, Ghanaians, Somalians, North Africans etc.
Japheth - (meaning; opened, enlarged, fair or light) too many to mention here, but some of the sons of Japheth are Russian, Scandinavians, Armenians, Germans, Belgians, Dutch, Swiss, Britons, English, Irish, French, Yugoslavians, Croatians, Bosnians, Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese etc.