Is Africa Really Free? Essay

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By the end of the 20th century all the countries within Africa had gain their independent, ending centuries of European colonization. Africa, with optimism for the future, was now a free continent. Yet in relation to Africa, free is a very subjective term. Yes it was free politically, but was it free from ignorant perspectives and opinion, free from denigration and stereotypes from the rest of the world. Africa is not even able to lay claim to its own history and how can a continent be free if its own history is denied.Through two videos; "Different But Equal"-Basil Davidson and "Africa: A History Denied"- David Dugan, the distortion is made clear, thus in the process presenting the accurate history. "Different But Equal" describes how the some of the world's greatest early civilizations had their origins in the heart of black Africa and discusses some of their artistic, technical and scientific achievements. "Africa: A History Denied" explores the African kingdom of Great Zimbabwe and Africa's Beautiful Swahili Coast and how European "experts" supposedly discovered the region with beautiful structures, which they refuse could have been built by primitive Africans and claim was built by their white European descendants.While both films were similar in their overall point, being Africa's historical presence being undermined, they each respectively presented their overall point with unfamiliar argument. These arguments were crucial to the videos success and help to convey the point. "Different But Equal" had the most powerful and meaningful argument and was summed up in its title, "Different But Equal". This is a notion comparing one of the worlds excepted greatest civilization, the Greeks, to Africa and its early civilization. Although the true significance of this argument is not the comparison, but the source of the comparison, and that was from one of Greeks most inquiring historian. The late Herodotus of Halicarnossus in Asia Minor. A well traveled historian, especially in Egypt and many other parts of Africa. He proclaimed many times, attesting to the significance and uniqueness of the African people. Such as "...came from Egypt to Greece...", thus presenting the idea that the beloved Greeks greatest accomplishments may have African influence. Also "for the Greeks of antiquity, the black people were different from themselves, but equal to themselves or even, at times, superior.", establishing the title of the video. Now on analysis on this argument, one can't deny the meaning. This is a straight comparison from the admired and proclaimed greatest early civilization, the Greeks, believing Africans were equal to them, even at times superior. Yet the paradox is that Africa has never been given this sort of acceptance, unfortunately the African historical present not only hasn't been accepted, but rejected. Also an important argument in the "Different But Equal" video, is the explanation of the "Green Sahara" and "Nile River". The suggestion the...

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