By Janice Hamlet
During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which remove darkness from a variety of elements of African American tradition, refracted in the course of the lens of Afrocentric concept. The publication examines: Afrocentric ideology and technique; Afrocentric methods to the dynamics of communique; the Afrocentric effect at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, video clips and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.
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Numerous practices were instituted and intensified with the sole purpose of reinforcing the myth of White supremacy. For example, practices such as the “grandfather” clause as a requirement for Blacks to be able to vote, the intensification of the quasi-slave system known as sharecropping, the Supreme Court declaring in 1883 that the Civil fights Act of 1875 was unconstitutional. Finally, culminating in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision that stated separate but equal was constitutional.
Given the state of knowledge available to Black Studies scholars at this time, a greater emphasis should be placed on generating practical knowledge rather than technical knowledge. Practical knowledge helps to generate new concepts, variables and ultimately Afrocentric theories which are grounded in the attitudes, behavior and historical relationships of the people being studied. Such an endeavor is important in light of the paucity of Afrocentric theories that seek to explain the experiences of people of African descent.
They become firmly entrenched in the practice of the people-so much so that they are transmitted from one generation to the next as the key to survival. If for 293 years the beliefs, attitudes and behavior patterns reflecting White supremacy were the norm, then it is safe to assume that the culture of White supremacy has been institutionalized (see college curriculums, for example). The 38 years of legalized Black equality, of which only 26 have been during any present person’s lifetime, have not nearly been enough to eradicate the effects of the previous 293 years, especially in the practice of White racial superiority.
Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication by Janice Hamlet