By Janice Hamlet
During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which light up quite a few points of African American tradition, refracted throughout the lens of Afrocentric inspiration. The publication examines: Afrocentric ideology and method; Afrocentric ways to the dynamics of communique; the Afrocentric impression at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, video clips and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.
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If one takes a look at the years of legalized White supremacy and compares it with the years of legalized Black equality, one is struck by the overwhelming 32 THE AFROCENTRIC PERSPECTIVE years of legalized White supremacy to the underwhelming years of legalized Black equality. Legalized White supremacy was the theory and the practice of colonial America and postcolonial America for 293 years, while legalized Black equality has been the theory and “practice” for 38 years. The quotation marks around practice are used because of the difference between de facto and de jure segregation.
A new or better job, more income, a car, an outfit, etc. are all assumed to carry intrinsic meaning that will at the level of consciousness create a new person. As long as a Eurocentric ontology of individualism obtains in the African American community, one may expect casual and justified inhumanity. A Black brother might say, “After all, if it’s good for me, it’s good for me. ” The gangster image of the individualistic African American just described is, if you will, the whiter side of an all-White philosophical phenomenon that is not derived from the Black World experience.
It is through the vote that leaders can be held accountable for their actions. With the passage of the Voting Rights Act the interests of all Americans who were disenfranchised were served. The voting rights of Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans were protected as a result of this act. These confrontations and ending results forced most Americans to deal with the contradiction between the American creed and racism. Americans had to make hard decisions about what America was going to be.
Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication by Janice Hamlet