Wednesday, 5 October 2011
WHAT LORD LUGARD AND MAHATMA GHANDI .THOUGHT ABOUT BLACKS/AFRICANS (oh and Happy Independence day) (Part 1)
In primary it was part of the school curriculum to teach us about great leaders of our past. However as an adult I did some more research on these 'Great Leaders' and what i found out certainly was not part of the school curriculum.
Today I introduce you to articles written about two great figures of history Mahatma Ghandi and Lord Lugard and thought to myself at least they had the balls to have it written down and stored forever for people like myself to find out what *possibly* could be the cause of intolerance, rejection and violent crimes all down to the racial structure of a person.
While many Arabs experience 'it' by being automatcally profiled as a terrorist, Africans experience it in all sorts of ways, the latest being a subliminal attempt to erase 'blackness for more acceptable mixed race' from most mainstream channels..I digress... as thats an argument for another day...Lets starts with Lugard, and continue with Ghandi in the second part.
Enjoy the thoughts and words of Lord Lugard
First a brief history; Frederick John Dealtry Lugard, 1st Baron Lugard GCMG, CB, DSO, PC (22 January 1858 – 11 April 1945), known as Sir Frederick Lugard Governor of the two protectorates. His main mission was to complete the amalgamation into one colony. Although controversial in Lagos, where it was opposed by a large section of the political class and the media, the amalgamation did not arouse passion in the rest of the country. From 1914 to 1919, Lugard was made Governor General of the now combined Colony of Nigeria.
Well one day he woke up, eat his two slice of bread served with english breakfast tea,and while sipping got the inspiration to write the following:
"In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person. Lacking in self control, discipline, and foresight. Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewellery. His thoughts are concentrated on the events and feelings of the moment, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future, or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals’ placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached. Through the ages the African appears to have evolved no organized religious creed, and though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural"
“He lacks the power of organization, and is conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business. He loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility ....he will work hard with a less incentive than most races. He has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct rather than a moral virtue...... In brief, the virtues and defects of this race-type are those of attractive children, whose confidence when it is won is given ungrudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy.......Perhaps the two traits which have impressed me as those most characteristic of the African native are his lack of apprehension and his lack of ability to visualize the future."
Source: Lord Frederick John Dealty Lugard, The Dual Mandate, pg.70 (1926)"
Watch out for part 2