By Yekutiel Gershoni
Between the tip of the 19th century and the outbreak of worldwide battle 2, Africans displaced by means of colonial rule created an African-American delusion - a delusion which aggrandized the lifestyles and attainments of African americans regardless of complete wisdom of the discrimination to which they have been subjected. the parable supplied Africans in all components of the continent with a lot wanted succour and underpinned a variety of non secular, academic, political and social types in keeping with the adventure of African americans wherein Africans sought to higher their very own lives.
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It did, however, provide Africans with a promise of a brighter future, in which they would rise above their present downtrodden condition to heights commensurate with their innate nobility. It is this promise that the African-American myth held out and that Aggrey, as its embodiment, exemplified. DIFFERENT PLACES, DIFFERENT FORMULATIONS OF THE MYTH By their very being, African-Americans disproved the racist theories that placed blacks on the lower rungs of the evolutionary ladder. For in America there were blacks who were able to interact freely and on equal terms with whites and who occupied high positions in fields such as literature, education, economics and politics.
161 West Africans expected Aggrey to create an educational system which would bring them Shaping the African-American Myth 39 up to the same level as whites. ' 162 In East-Central and most of Southern Africa, the myth prevailed largely among the traditional rural Africans, who had no direct contact with American blacks, little accurate information, and little ability to comprehend the bits and pieces of fact, fiction and rumor that reached them. In these parts of. the continent there were fewer western-educated Africans and those few were less familiar with western life.
African boys, Boone wrote disparagingly in his autobiography, 'have no standard of right or wrong. The smart boy is the one that can tell a lie and get out of it. ' 103 Africans' gratitude for black missionaries can certainly be appreciated against this suspicion and denigration. African-American churches did not differ in their aims from other churches and missions. The ultimate goal of all Christian denominations operating in Africa was to spread the Gospel among the heathen. ' 104 But, in addition to the Gospel, the black American churches and missionaries brought a unique message: that the black man was capable and able.
Africans on African-Americans: The Creation and Uses of an African-American Myth by Yekutiel Gershoni