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In the following pages I have endeavored to describe all that appeared to me most important and interesting among the events and the scenes that came under my notice during my sojourn in the interior of Africa. If my account should not entirely harmonize with preconceived notions as to primitive races, I cannot help it. I profess accurately to describe naked Africa – Africa in those places where it has not received the slightest impulse, whether for good or for evil, from European civilization.

If the picture be a dark one, we should, when contemplating these sons of Noah, try and carry our mind back to that time when our poor elder brother Ham was cursed by his father, and condemned to be the slave of both Shem and Japheth; for as they were then, so they appear to be now – a strikingly existing proof of the Holy Scriptures. But one thing must be remembered: While the people of Europe and Asia were blessed by communion with God through the medium of His prophets, and obtained divine laws to regulate their ways and keep them in mind of Him who made them, the Africans were excluded from this dispensation, and consequently have no idea of an overruling Providence or a future state; they therefore trust to luck and to charms, and think only of self-preservation in this world.


Hvad der er mest primitivt, pragmatisme eller spriritisme, kan vel diskuteres, men her kommer udviklingstanken os til hjælp. ”Am I not a man and a brother?” spurgte abolitionistens og illusionistens sorte bugtalerdukke, og hans befrier Abraham Lincoln måtte klare begreberne.

I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races; that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say, in addition to this, that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and interior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.

Det var op til de progressive humanisters skytshelgen Albert Schweitzer at levere columbusægget: ”With regard to the negroes, I have coined the formula: I am your brother, it is true, but your elder brother.” Den benyttes stadig af Critical Race Theory.

Den hvide mand er individualist, tror på en objektiv sandhed og kan læse. The black man don’t want none of that shit, man – i det mindste på MTV.

Så Gud hjælpe den neger, der forlader ghettoen eller plantagen! Don’t you get uppity with me, boy!

Det er pænt med afrikanske masker – vi har dem selv hjemme på vores væg. Men afrikansk religion?

Det er da noget med grøn omstilling, er det ikke? Well, not quite.

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