Pan-Africanism and Its Detractors: A Response to Harvard's Race-Effacing Universalists

Pan-Africanism and Its Detractors: A Response to Harvard's Race-Effacing Universalists

By: Opoku Agyeman (author)Hardback

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In the 1990s Pan-Africanism has been a target of attacks by its detractors. One such wave of attacks, unleashed from Harvard University's Department of Afro-American studies, variously belitle the salience of race, deny the reality of race altogether, and trivialize or repudiate African history. This text provides comprehensive intellectual rebuttals to these attacks. It examines the role of Pan-Africanism in: providing the organizational catalyst to the efforts and achievements of Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association; its role in African-Diasporan linkages; attacks on the ideology over the years by various systems; current arguments and attacks; and rebuttals to those attacks.


The political essence of Afrocentricity; assaults on pan-Africanism - old and new; preliminary observations on "universalism"; curiosities surrounding the new attacks on pan-Africanism; the belittling of the salience of race; the outright disavowing of race; the repudiating of African history; the delinking of Africa from its diaspora; the rationalizations for dissociating Africa from its diaspora; the specious argument of different Africa-diaspora subjugational experiences; Appiah's "philosophical" illogicalities; pan-Africanism versus united front of victims universal; universalism versus redemptory nationalism - the Chinese case.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773484320
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 140
  • ID: 9780773484320
  • ISBN10: 0773484329

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