(Gibson 72) An extremely Christianized view of the natives was formed which viewed them as ignorant pagans. Some accounts reported that, “The natives were so savage and stupid as to be beyond belief. For the say, these early tribes were bestial, and that many ate human flesh; others taking their mothers and daughters for their wives, besides committing other great sins, having much intercourse with the devil, who they served and held in high esteem”(Hanson 29). This extremely biased thinking was common in the era of colonization among settled Europeans and sparked a crusade of Christianity on the aboriginal tribes to “westernize” their civilizations. The Europeans felt free to do this because they “found no native tradition worth preserving and where the Indian element was absorbed almost imperceptibly into the alien” (Salas 42).
Apes asks his predominately white, Christian audience to reexamine their own prejudices and concludes his essay pleading "pray you not stop till this tree of distinction shall be leveled to the earth, and the mantle of prejudice torn from every American heart--then peace shall pervade the Union." Apes accurately portrays the racism that Native Americans suffer. Racism exists in both the individual and within politics. During the late 1800's, when this article was written, it was illegal in Massachusetts for whites and Indians to intermarry. He labels this as a clear infringement on individuals to make their own decisions.
Discrimination against Christians has always bee... ... middle of paper ... ...ationalities. She opposes the idea of marrying anyone of a different nationality than hers and even though her witty comments were designed to provide comedy, they were insulting to the other countries. Making an assumption that a person is to be a certain way due to the place that they are from allows people to judge others before they know them and often, the judgements are wrong. (transition) Prejudice is a hurtful weapon that, when used in a battle, leaves both sides defeated. “The biggest problem throughout the history of man is the fact that racism is anything but an anomaly.” -Erik Hansen.
It seems probable that Fernao Gomes, a Portuguese 'merchant adventurer' discovered the kingdom of Benin in 1474 (Wood, K. 2008, p. 8), seeking trading opportunities and looking for gold. The... ... middle of paper ... ...best case for the retention of the British Benin sculptures is to accord them the unique status they deserve as exceptional artworks and exhibit them appropriately in a prestigious national art gallery, for everyone to appreciate fully. Works Cited Flinders, P. and Holman, K. and others, (2012) AA100 'Tutorial Forum Book 3, Weeks, 1 and 2' – Benin , online at http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=900850, accessed between 4 and 17 February, 2015. Loftus, D. and Wood, P. (2008), 'The Art of Benin: Changing Relations Between Europe and Africa II' in Brown, R. D. (ed.)
The Akan, the Ga, the Ga- Adangbe, and the Ewe are the major ethnic groups, classified under the Niger- Congo family group. Each group can be fu... ... middle of paper ... ...ture, sanitation, and medicine (Scott). Works Cited http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/slavery/ghana.htm http://irenekodotei.org/content/biography McCaskie, T. C. "The life and afterlife of Yaa Asantewaa." AFRICA-LONDON-INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN INSTITUTE- 77.2 (2007): 151. - http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/tribes/ http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/tribes/languages.php http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/photo.day.php?ID=76637 http://irenekodotei.org/content/history-ghana http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/about-ghana/ghana-at-a-glance/455-pre-colonial-ghana http://www.thenagain.info/webchron/africa/ghana.html http://sharenews.com/nana-yaa-asantewaa-rallied-her-people-against-the-british/ Scott, Catherine V. "Ghana Gains Independence From The United Kingdom."
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(The World Fact Book, 2014) The great kingdom of Dahomey once resided where Benin is today. Dahomey’s origins can be traced back to the 1600s, during which two groups of people named the Aja and the Fon occupied Dahomey, (The World Fact Book, 2014). The Fon people practiced the religion of Voodoo and believed that god was Vodo. During their occupation, the Fon and Aja people established two major cities, Abomey and Ouidah. Ouidah soon became a major trading port, especially for slaves, (The Africa Guide, n.d.).
In the past, when the Negroes were uneducated and didn’t know any better they had no perspective and were easily fooled thinking everything was the way it was supposed to be. For instance the white man took the Africans and had them believing in the Christianity religion. This was brainwashing the Africans to believe god has made them inferior to the white man. By having no perspective of there own they believed this perspective and remained a slave, thinking they was doing the right thing. Now having a clear thought, we don’t let harmful things get passed us without attempting to make correction for the better.
These traditions are unique to Umuofia and are an integral part of African culture. However, this unchanging and pe... ... middle of paper ... ... only used by Achebe to further enrich the common theme of clash of opposing cultures, but they also are what make Things Fall Apart a universal human experience that is common to all people. Achebe uses these symbols because all cultures can relate to them: drums are seen as a celebration of culture, locusts are unwanted invaders, and fire is destructive. Things Fall Apart is written from the unique African point of view, and it shows how Europeans have destroyed important parts of African culture. Perhaps Achebe uses universal symbols not only to make it more relevant to all cultures, but also to seek increased humanitarian missions to Africa.
In his essay An Indian’s Looking-Glass for the White Man, William Apess talks about the incompatibility of being a good Christian while still discriminating between races. He argues that this social hypocrisy is not supported by the Biblical text, or by Christian teachings. It is Apess’ belief that if God were to love white people as much as they believe, he wouldn’t have created fifteen colored people for every white one. He goes on to remind his white Christian audience, that it has been the white race the one who has committed the most terrible crimes in the history of mankind. Apess places emphasis on the fact the neither Jesus nor any of his apostles or disciples were white skinned.