A PROTEST AGAINST ETHNIC BIAS: CHINUA ACHEBE’S THINGS FALL APART

Haseeb, Ahmed (2011) A PROTEST AGAINST ETHNIC BIAS: CHINUA ACHEBE’S THINGS FALL APART. Thematics, 2 (2). pp. 14-15. ISSN 0975-8313

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Abstract

During the colonial rule the Europeans, with an air of racial and cultural supremacy, presented themselves as the givers of culture and sophistication to the other parts of the world. They subjected the colonized people to racial arrogance and cultural denigration. They looked down upon the ‘others’ as inferior, backward, cultureless and even sub human. In Africa, they branded African religions, traditions and customs to be unscientific and superstitious. European philosophers like Hume, Kant and Hegel . . . believed that Negroes were next only to apes . . .”1 Hume noted: “I am apt to suspect the Negroes, and in general all other species of men to be naturally inferior to the whites.”2 Kant equates blackness with stupidity. He comments: “but in short, this fellow was quite black from head to food, a clear proof that …he …was stupid.”

Item Type: Article
Subjects: English Language
Divisions: College of Languages and Translation > English Language
Depositing User: Dr Haseeb Ahmed Abdul Majeed
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2017 20:39
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 20:39
URI: http://eprints.kku.edu.sa/id/eprint/1890

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