Product of Africa

 

One of the most shameful aspects of “Western” civilization is the degree to which indigenous peoples have been exploited, subjugated, or subjected to cultural, and often literal, genocide. Native Americans and Hawaiians are The United States contribution to this practice, and the Spanish and Portuguese are the major villains in South America. However, the exploitation of Africa was, and in many cases  still is, the worst blot in the annals of many of the European countries that consider themselves bastions of individual rights and liberties. The fact that corrupt governments in so many African countries are now willing partners in the continuing plunder changes nothing.

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The figure is a stylized carving called a Kigengo, used as a resting place for a troubled spirit after its death. In this case it is the body of Africa, its lifeblood draining away into the immense machinery of our modern industrial economy.

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