Week 1 Blog Post

“We must lay aside all thought of reverence and morality – all that we call feeling – if we would rightly comprehend him; there is nothing harmonious with humanity to be found in this type of character,(p. 150)”

Although there were many quotes that stuck out to me from this reading by Hegel, this one stuck out to me the most because it is a summary of the way that Africans and people of the African Diaspora have been viewed by outside cultures especially people of European descent. He also described “negros” as completely wild and untamed and is highly critical of their way of life especially because he believes his christian way of life is the proper way to live. This reminds me of a reading by Horace Miner titled “Body Ritual of the Nacirema” which forces you to read about the American Culture from a anthropology point of view the same way we would analyze and criticize other cultures which exemplifies the way we tend to be biased towards our own culture yet judgemental to others. Ghandi for example is known as an inspirational figure in history yet in many of his readings he had the same views as Hegel yet many tend to overlook that. This also shows that Africans and Black people are a targeted group from all groups of people. This is why I immediately understood the reason Wakanda chose to close themselves off to the rest of the world in the film.

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