Behind the Eurocentric Veils: The Search for African Realities

Behind the Eurocentric Veils: The Search for African Realities

Behind the Eurocentric Veils: The Search for African Realities

Behind the Eurocentric Veils: The Search for African Realities

Synopsis

A contribution to the rapidly developing field of Afrocentric studies, this book is a thoughtful critique of Eurocentric traditions of social and historical analysis--principally Marxist and liberal orientations--and an argument in favor of studying African history and culture from a specifically Afrocentric point of view. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Excerpt

As America approaches the end of the millennium, it finds itself at the critical, historical crossroads in black/ white relations. the validity of the proposition that this nation has reached a "post-civil-rights" period of equality and good will can be and, in fact, is being questioned. Explanations for the continuing social, economic, and educational gaps between blacks and whites are being debated in scholarly, political, and civic arenas. What can no longer be questioned -- and this is what I mean when I say that America is at the critical racial crossroads of its history -- is that race relations in our society, which have previously gone unreconciled, now must be resolved.

We have yet to achieve the "beloved community" envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He claimed that for the nation to move forward in a state of health, it had to seek and finally achieve racial reconciliation based on social justice. This just resolution will not be possible, however, as long as the development of American society and the experiences of blacks both inside and outside that society are viewed from "behind Eurocentric veils" imposed by the Western intellectual tradition.

Part of the reason Americans have not yet come to racial reconciliation is because our country's political and social institutions . . .

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