The story of Togo, the German colony gifted to Britain and France

The French-speaking West African nation of Togo was pivotal during the transatlantic slave trade as Portuguese slave traders sought the human merchandise at the small fort of Porto Seguro, in the town currently known as Agbodrafo and lying between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Togo. During the infamous Scramble for Africa in 1884, Germany tookPoursuivre la lecture de « The story of Togo, the German colony gifted to Britain and France »

The African matriarcal tradition

We grow up in countries within the continent and almost everywhere we see women regularly beaten. Their word is devalued, their opinions are belittled. They are constantly judged, tirelessly defined – regardless of their success in society – by the fact to be married or not. They do not receive inheritance and are most likelyPoursuivre la lecture de « The African matriarcal tradition »

The ‘positive role’ of colonization : deconstructing a lie

‘The colonizers usually say that it was they who brought us into history. Today we will show that this is not so. They made us leave history, our history, to follow them in their train, right at the back, in the train of their history’ Amilcar Cabral (1924-1973), father of the independence of Guinea Bissau andPoursuivre la lecture de « The ‘positive role’ of colonization : deconstructing a lie »

The business of racism. The complicated ethics of being a dermatologist in a country where many people want whiter skin

“It starts when children are young. The moment a child is born, relatives start comparing siblings’ skin color. It starts in your own family. But people don’t want to talk about it openly.” Kavitha Emmanuel is the founder of Women of Worth, an Indian NGO that is standing up to an ingrained bias toward lighterPoursuivre la lecture de « The business of racism. The complicated ethics of being a dermatologist in a country where many people want whiter skin »

10 Black Scholars Who Debunked Eurocentric Propaganda

Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop Senegalese-born Cheikh Anta Diop (1923–1986) received his doctorate degree from the University of Paris and was a brilliant historian, anthropologist, physicist and politician and one of the most prominent and proficient Black scholars in the history of African civilization. Contrary to the long-standing European myth of a Caucasian Egypt, Diop’s studies into originsPoursuivre la lecture de « 10 Black Scholars Who Debunked Eurocentric Propaganda »

Dr Boyce Watkins: The 8 Rules of Economic Self-Defense

In case you’ve never noticed, black people are vulnerable. Much of this vulnerability is linked to our financial condition. Many of us work for people we hate, do things we don’t want to do, and feel stuck because we are not where we want to be economically. I’ve been a finance professor for the lastPoursuivre la lecture de « Dr Boyce Watkins: The 8 Rules of Economic Self-Defense »

How Cecil Rhodes Killed Million Of Southern Africans For Diamonds And Lands

During the brutal scramble for Africa and Africa’s resources, at least two million Africans were killed in the scramble for ivory tusks for piano keys and billiard balls. At the time, the center of the ivory trade was Connecticut. 80% of the Nama and Herero peoples of Namibia were murdered in cold blood by thePoursuivre la lecture de « How Cecil Rhodes Killed Million Of Southern Africans For Diamonds And Lands »

What Is Racism?

What is racism, really? Today, the word is thrown around all the time by people of color and whites alike. Use of the term “racism” has become so popular that it’s spun off related terms such as “reverse racism,” “horizontal racism” and “internalized racism.” Defining Racism Let’s start by examining the most basic definition of racism—the dictionary meaning.Poursuivre la lecture de « What Is Racism? »

Statistically speaking, black people in Germany don’t exist

Thanks to the refugee crisis, race and immigration have played prominently in Germany’s upcoming election. Immigration is the top issue for Germans voting in the federal race on Sept. 24. Germany’s interior minister has a 10-point proposal for defining national identity, including that “we don’t do burqa.” The far right’s campaign posters boast headlines like: “Burqas? We like bikinis,”; “New Germans?Poursuivre la lecture de « Statistically speaking, black people in Germany don’t exist »