Africa: different but equal

In 1831, Friedrich Hegel, a German philosopher declared publicly that: “This is the land where man are children. A land lying beyond the daylight of self conscious history and enveloped in the black colour of night. At this point, let us forget Africa not to mention it again. For Africa is no historical part of the world.”

An English explorer, Richard Bruton, said: “The study of the Negro is the study of man’s rudimental (basic, lowest level) mind. He would appear rather a degeneracy (rot away) from the civilized man than a savage rising to the first step, were it not for his total incapacity (inability) for improvement. He has not the ring of the true mettle (strength). There is no rich nature for education to cultivate. He seems to belong to one of those childish races, never rising to man’s estate (level), who fall like worn-out links from the great chain of animated nature.”

The ‘ignoramus’ European perception that the ‘Black Continent’ was uncivilized, primitive and never had an history of their own, dominated Europeans for centuries. Even European brilliant minds, as Hegel’s, considered Africa as a continent submerged into a sea of darkness and ignorance. Were they right?

This documentary shows otherwise. An almost unprecedented attempt to enlighten the minds of the West, and that should be re-attempted.


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