WHY ARE AFRICANS SUCH SAVAGES?

A couple of decades ago, when the civil war in Liberia was raging, I went into a bookstore and opened a high-end literary magazine that reported on that terrible war. The article described how a Liberian rebel fighter cut off the penises of 52 of his enemies and carried them about in a plastic bag.... Continue Reading →

IS EUROPEAN INTERVENTION THE ONLY POSSIBLE REASON FOR AFRICAN UNDERDEVELOPMENT? CAN WE THINK OF OTHERS? (Part 2)

A strong argument could be made that what we call underdevelopment—poverty, undernourishment, high child mortality, low life expectancy, backbreaking struggle to wring sustenance from the earth, constant war and conflict—is the “normal” condition of humankind, its “default” state in a manner of speaking. It could be argued that if we take the long view of... Continue Reading →

WHY THIS BLOG? WHY THIS TOPIC?

This blog is the product of a running conversation, often angry, that I have had over the years with Walter Rodney’s book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. The book has become a classic, and is regarded with unquestioning reverence by many black scholars and laypeople. I read the book as an undergraduate, and began, like many... Continue Reading →

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