Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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WakandaMan

In Reply To
Loren

Subj: Re: This is actually a common failing for non-Africans of all ethnicities...
Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 at 09:08:19 pm EDT (Viewed 6 times)
Reply Subj: Re: This is actually a common failing for non-Africans of all ethnicities...
Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 at 11:05:53 am EDT (Viewed 6 times)

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> Since -- thanks mainly* to Conrad -- the Belgian Congo is for many people the emblem of the colonization of Africa, I felt safe in my presumption that he made Klaw Belgian rather than the potentially more clever Dutch because the Belgian colonization is canonized as the worst in a certain sense.**

Oh, I'm sure you're right about his intent. It's just that his decision doesn't, in any way, sync up with the actual history of South Africa. He chose to give the Klaw family a new history in African colonization, he chose to set great-granddaddy Klaw in South Africa instead of some other part of the continent (I think Wakanda was traditionally closer to central Africa), and in his introduction in the tpb, he outright stated that great-granddaddy Klaw was a Boer.

And as you point out, that doesn't work. The Belgians weren't Boers, and even if they were, the Boers weren't oppressive colonizers. Heck, the whole thing would've worked better if he'd set it in the Congo, but he didn't. If he did any research at all, it was really shoddy.

You are correct (as usual) Loren, traditionally Wakanda is located in central africa, around the Congo area. It's always been somewhat vague though.

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> Oh, I'm sure you're right about his intent. It's just that his decision doesn't, in any way, sync up with the actual history of South Africa. He chose to give the Klaw family a new history in African colonization, he chose to set great-granddaddy Klaw in South Africa instead of some other part of the continent (I think Wakanda was traditionally closer to central Africa), and in his introduction in the tpb, he outright stated that great-granddaddy Klaw was a Boer.
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> And as you point out, that doesn't work. The Belgians weren't Boers, and even if they were, the Boers weren't oppressive colonizers. Heck, the whole thing would've worked better if he'd set it in the Congo, but he didn't. If he did any research at all, it was really shoddy.


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