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On Negroes in Negroland

Posted on the 27 February 2015 by Calvinthedog

alan2102 writes: Negroes in Negroland is a probably-silly tract from the mid-19th century written by a racist crackpot anxious to “prove” the inferiority of blacks and rationalize his desire to have them all removed (or perhaps Kevorked en masse). I doubt if a single credible historian could be found who takes it seriously or as reflective of anything but the author’s extreme prejudice.

Put it in the general category of proto-Nazi bilge: L Stoddard (“Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy”), H S Chamberlain, C Gobineau, M Grant, and many others.

M.U.S.T. P.R.O.V.E. B.L.A.C.K.S. I.N.F.E.R.I.O.R.

Nooooo. The author has gathered up what seems to be a very large number of accounts from the earliest White explorers to Africa. He lists the explorer’s name, the name of the account that he wrote, and then he quotes from the account. These are accounts of what the first White explorers in Africa saw. Accounts are listed from dozens to scores of explorers.

The book was written around 1850. Around that time, Black inferiority was regarded as a given by just about everyone, including Abraham Lincoln himself. There was almost nobody arguing that they were equal to Whites.

There was no need to write a tract on Black inferiority as it was just taken as a given. Also it was written around 1850, and there was no movement to ship them back to Africa at that point that I am aware of.

If you say the book is not credible, do you realize that you are dismissing the accounts of scores of the earliest White explorers to Africa? Are you saying that all these explorers just made this stuff up? Why would they write up those accounts if they were not true. They were basing their accounts on what they directly saw and heard.

At any rate, he is discussing Africa and the way that people were living in Africa at the time. Blacks in the Caribbean and the US were not necessarily living the same way as these Africans at all. In fact, New World Blacks were already behaving very differently from African Blacks.

I think the author makes a good case for the primitive, short, nasty and brutish lives that most Africans were living pre-contact. Further, looking at Africa today and comparing it to the utterly debased savagery depicted in that book, one is forced to say that African Blacks have made tremendous progress and are much more civilized than their ancestors of only 200 years ago. Modern African Blacks are dramatically less savage, primitive, debased and degraded. They have made a major cultural upgrade. We need to cheer their progress on.

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