Afrocentric America and Prejudice

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Emphasis on African cultural retention was necessary to highlight the grassroots long silenced by Western ideology. With this notion, W.E.B Du Bois addressed the many philosophical and ideological pronouncements that meet with an effective praxis. Du Bois developed a philosophy of culture, history, and national identity rooted in an Africa-centered perspective. This emerging perspective seen in his novel Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, developed a critical viewpoint on the ideals and benefits of Afrocentrism in the world. The concepts of Afrocentrism are significantly stressed in chapter three of this novel, titled “The Hands of Ethiopia”. He goes great lengths by exposing the subversion of power, authority, and hierarchy in society, abused dogmatic values, and the after-effects of post-colonial decay in Africa. These notions thus question why is it that being white is the ultimate goal to achieve? Is it to progress further in the world? How did race issue even come about? This paper will argue that the adoption of African culture into society will combat the depreciative connotation associated with the concept of an Afrocentric America therefore alleviating the current stronghold of white hegemony. Recent occurrences of cultural conflict within the United States are a part of a single, historically distinctive trend likely to intensify if not carefully analyzed. These upspringings of cultural conflict are partially due to growing competition for cultural capital between dominant and subordinate racial groups in the United States. Race is usually used as a means to divide groups of unequal economic status and degree of hierarchy in social and political institutions. White identity poses completely unique problems for an ... ... middle of paper ... ...s not managed to escape the racism that permeates the American way of living. Present efforts at using the law as an implement of social change in order to discharge this victimization are hindered by the lack of resources, policy, and personnel, and lastly black direction supposedly organized to battle racism. The legal system’s tyrannical structure and the powerlessness of American blacks in the face of white hegemony of major legal institutions both public and private has been established to attempt to eradicate white racism, but both must be answered by the reassertion of the black bar and the black community. If leadership of this character begins to speak for black priorities from the perspective of the community centrally affected, then all willing elements of the society can contribute usefully to the attainment of the goals of freedom with dignity for all.
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