New Internationalist

In Black And White

September 1984

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AFRICA [image, unknown] Images of Africa

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In black and white
Images of Africa - helpless, savage, starving, ridiculous -
have changed hardly at all since Victorian days. And still
they prevent us from seeing Africans as real people.

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Court jesters. Arnin and Bokassa were ridiculous as well as dangerous. But it was Western governments that supported them in thcir excesses, not ordinary Africans.

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Spot the monkey. A British comic from 1912.

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The eyes have it. A 1984 child
sponsorship advertisement.

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Racist pseudo-science from the turn of the century.

Frames from 1980s American
comics Ka-zar the Savage (above)
and Conan the Barbarian.



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