African Nationalism

African Nationalism

African Nationalism

African Nationalism

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The average white man in Africa is scared almost out of his senses by the rapidly emerging African nationalism. An African nationalist is regarded not only as potential but as real danger to the present status of the white man in Africa. The question has been often asked: What is it that has brought about this strong nationalistic feeling among the otherwise docile peoples of Africa who had, to all appearance, acquiesced in white domination?

It would be idle to single out one factor as causative of this new vigorous African nationalism sweeping the length and breadth of the vast continent of Africa, the home of approximately 140,000,000 blacks, 65,000,000 Arabs, and 5,000,000 whites. Like all movements, African nationalism roots back into history, and without this historical foundation, the seemingly sudden African nationalism becomes inexplicable. There are chain causes which may be traced back to pre-European days of Africa. In our examination of the factors that have given rise to this much-talked-about African nationalism, it is well to bear in mind that all movements of consequence are preceded by ideas.

World War II, as many people have frequently noted, has had a great deal to do with the awakening of the peoples of Africa. During the war the African came in contact with practically all the peoples of the earth. He met them on a life-anddeath-struggle basis. He saw the so-called civilized and peaceful and orderly white people mercilessly butchering one another just as his so-called savage ancestors had done in tribal wars. He saw no difference between the primitive and the civilized man. In short, he saw through European pretensions that only Africans were savages. This had a revolutionizing psychological impact on the African.

But more than this, World War II taught the African most powerful ideas. During the war the Allied Powers taught the . . .

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