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The most essential requirement of a Pan-Africanist history, like an Aryanist or Pan-Germanic history, is a moment of pure origin from which all subsequent developments derive their character, whether as triumph or decline. Diop turned Negritude and older Pan-Africanist elements into a complete theory of civilization, with the diffusion of a vital and superior black culture to the rest of the world. Diop divided humanity into two types: southerners (Negro-Africans) and “Aryans,” which included Semitic peoples, Mongoloids, and American Indians. Aryans formed patriarchal societies, characterized by the political suppression of women and a lust for warfare. They celebrated materialism, individualism, and pessimism. Southerners, by contrast, were matriarchal, creating a unified community of free and equal people who were creative and idealistic and who lived by the rules of social collectivism instead of competitive capitalism. In every aspect
Arthur Herman (The Idea of Decline in Western History)
And here we come to the old adage, the third slavery fact we learned in school
and offered to us again by Geldof and so many others: 'Africans sold their own
people’. There are a number of obvious problems with the ‘Africans sold their
own people’ cliche, but that still does not seem to have stopped people offering it
as an ‘argument’. First and foremost, does the fact that Britain had ‘African’
accomplices rid it of any and all wrongdoing? According to many, it does.
Second, there was no continental ‘African’ identity before industrial technology,
the Scramble for Africa, the redrawing of borders and the modern pan-Africanist
movement created it in the twentieth century, and that African identity is still
fraught with contradictions and conflicts. Between the sixteenth and nineteenth
centuries, Africa was not a paradise where all humans sat together around the
campfire in their loincloths singing ‘Kumbaya’ in one huge - but obviously
primitive - black kingdom covering the entire continent and littered with quaint
looking mud huts, any more than all of Europe or Asia was one big happy
family. Africa had and has ethnic, cultural, class and imperial rivalries that every
scholar of the period acknowledges are the very divisions that colonisers and
slave traders played on. In fact, as the award-winning historian Sylviane A.
Diouf notes, in none of the slave narratives that have survived do the formerly
enslaved talk about being sold by other ‘Africans’, or by ‘their own people’ and
only Sancho - who lived in England - even mentions the ‘blackness’ of those
that sold him. The victims of the transatlantic traffic did not think that they
were being sold out by their ‘black brothers and sisters’ any more than the Irish
thought that their ‘white brothers and sisters’ from England were deliberately
starving them to death during the famine.
Akala (Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire)
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is the epitome of a Pan-Africanist who can praise any world leader who likes his leadership and is known for threatening Western leaders whenever his strong-man mentality comes under attack.
Duop Chak Wuol