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zvelf

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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nigma

Member Since: Sun Nov 26, 2017
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Subj: Re: Wow
Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 at 08:23:51 pm EST (Viewed 428 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Wow
Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 at 06:05:33 pm EST (Viewed 426 times)



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    Toe,
    I DO understand what you're saying, you're just wording it poorly. Using the word inferior is too loaded a term, and is commonly used by racists to dehumanize their future victims. But, I do agree with your larger point. It's a grotesque oversimplification to claim that Africa's problems are the result of European Imperialism. And laugh-out-loud ridiculous to pontificate on how Wakanda is what Africa would have been like had it not been for Europe.


He said, "the average black is inferior." That's not poor wording for imperialism didn't cause all of Africa's problems. If you believe a race of people are inherently inferior, you're a racist.


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    Imperialism made a mess of Africa (and everywhere else), but how was that possible in the first place? Because Europeans had more advanced education, social organization, economic sophistication and technological development. While the world's tribal cultures remained stagnant. North American tribes hadn't even invented the wheel yet. To this day, there are tribes in South America that have never come into contact with Europeans. And how do they live? They wear loin cloth, carry spears and pierce their noses with bones and sticks. Tribal. Forever. Parts of Africa are the same. Pictures of both can be found on the internet. Some cultures simply do not advance much at all. That's why it's ridiculous to claim that Africa's mess is the sole fault of the white man.


No, it's not the sole fault of the white man, but it's not because blacks are inferior either. I suggest you read Jared Diamond's Pulitzer-winning "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" which provides good explanations for how different cultures progressed, none of which has to do with inherent superiority or inferiority of races. Rather, it has to do with the ability to transition into an agrarian society, grain available in your native geographic region, climate that allows long-term food storage, the availability of pack animals that can be domesticated (horses can be tamed, zebras can't), and other environmental advantages/disadvantages (Europe lacks a desert). Wikipedia gives a decent synopsis:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns%2C_Germs%2C_and_Steel




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