Afrocentrism

Is this an accurate definition of Afrocentrism?

Afrocentrism can broadly be defined as an ideology that regards African or black culture as pre-eminent. Over the last half of the 20th Century, its influence became increasingly widespread in the United States, particularly in academia and in popular music culture.

Robert T Carroll, author of “The Skeptic’s dictionary” describes it in its simplest terms as “A pseudohistorical movement that erroneously claims that African–Americans should trace their roots back to ancient Egypt because it was dominated by a race of black Africans.”
Its other main contentions are that Black Africans dominated Egyptian culture; Ancient Greeks plundered Ancient Egyptian works; many notable historical figures including Jesus, Cleopatra and Socrates were Black; Jews were responsible for creating a Black slave trade.

In some ways Afrocentrism can be seen as an understandable reaction to the deep injustices of racism, and the subjugation of Black people in America for much of its history, particularly under the notorious Jim Crow Law which effectively operated as a racial caste system in the Southern and Border States, from the 1870s until the mid 1960s.

However, at its most extreme, Afrocentrism is essentially racist; and its thinking flawed. Ironically, its inherent racism has been allowed to go unchallenged in many quarters through fear of any criticism being deemed racist. The claims made by some extreme proponents have taken academic points out of context to promote their own ideological beliefs and perpetuate and promote racial tensions.

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2 Responses to Afrocentrism

  1. What's the source for that, Mel?

    I think it's a fair assessment. Maybe there are different interpretations of what Afrocentrism means, but I think the above description is true of some Afrocentrists at least.

    To give Afrocentrism its due, however, it has a valuable lesson to offer; that some of our assumptions about history should not just be blindly accepted, as the historical sciences are all filtered to some degree through a Eurocentric lens.

  2. Mel says:

    The source is UKskeptics..not to be confused with the American one. http://www.ukskeptics.com/article.php?dir=articles&article=afrocentrism.php

    I agree that thanks to Afrocentrism, there is some dialogue going on about what has been taught for so long in schools.

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