The Bantus: Past and Present

Here.

Looks like a cool book. Apparently written some time around 1915-1920. Focus is apparently on the Bantus of South Africa. It is written by a Bantu himself, so it is probably quite accurate. This old ethnography stuff is probably better than the modern stuff because the old stuff probably told the truth about the people, warts and all, whereas the more modern stuff is probably whitewashed to Hell and back.

I know the idiot Cultural Left screams about these early books saying that the authors were racist, so they lied about those poor wonderful African Black people, but I doubt there was much of that going on. Anyway, they generally reported whatever they saw or whatever Africans told them was true. Most of it is probably quite solid stuff. Once you start getting multiple reports all saying the same thing, then the data gets better and better. Then you have to argue that all these evil White ethnographers somehow got together and made up the exact same lies about this particular group or that. It’s pretty implausible, but the Cultural Left is all about implausibility.

I was thinking Phil or jm8 in particular might like this stuff.

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9 responses to “The Bantus: Past and Present

  1. Tulio

    But this stuff is colored through the lens of white colonialist who viewed themselves as a higher form of life. I mean imagine if extraterrestrials landed on earth as colonists. Colonists that viewed us as barbarians and they wrote books about humans. We would likely see them as biased.

    • Jason Y

      This needs to be taken up with Phil who thinks books written by early European colonists are the best ones to read about Africa.

      • Tulio

        Me and Phil certainly don’t agree on everything. What if we sent Farrakhan to write the history of Europe. What would that look like?

        • Jason Y

          That would be quite comical.😆

        • Jason Y

          Some ideas Phil doesn’t understand: Ethnocentric Thinking, unless he is accusing NAMS of it. Basically he’s backing Euro Ethonocentric thinking, while condemning anyone else who does it.

        • Tulio

          Phil is a VERY intelligent guy, but on some levels I think he suffers from self hatred. It may not even be something he is aware of.

        • “Me and Phil certainly don’t agree on everything. What if we sent Farrakhan to write the history of Europe. What would that look like?”

          That’s actually not completely true. As I said tribes were varied on attributes, so that tells me that some objectivity goes into their documentation.

          Also, lets be honest as given the facts regarding Sub Saharans by and large in terms of characteristics in modern times how far off would reading the same being witnessed in the past?

          If you think “Negros in Negroland” is a typical read then your are quite wrong in regards to analyzing typical work.

          I suggest “Among the Ibos” by G.T Badsen or works by Harry Hamilton Johnston.

        • “Some ideas Phil doesn’t understand: Ethnocentric Thinking, unless he is accusing NAMS of it. Basically he’s backing Euro Ethonocentric thinking, while condemning anyone else who does it.”

          When have I ever promoted specifically Eurocentric thinking? If you remember my articles on the “morals” of my work you would recall I don’t support that view.

          The reason why I use such work is because THEY WERE THERE for one and I have read a decent amount from that area that was indeed quite balanced.

          See the titles I’ve quoted from the past.

        • Depends on how you define self hate. Am I cynical, yes. Depressed, yes. But am I ashamed and advertise such shame to others? No.

          Dealing with the facts will lead to certain developed traits regardless but I have my limits as hard as it is to believe.

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