How Western Anti-Racism Harms Africa and How We Can Do Better

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According to this collection of essays, when secular Westerners try to avoid being racist, they end up ignoring cultural complexity. “To be not-racist is to solve the problems of America be transporting them to Africa,” suggests Jim Harries, following 33 years of living as a white person in African community.

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We are still locked into parts of the ideological network of a culture that we think and presume that we have surpassed… The nightmare of the ideologies and categories of racism continue to repeat upon the living.‘   Robert J C Young

The West’s failure to acknowledge cultural differences smothers African truth. The outcome: misguided thinking and policy for the continent. Today’s anti-racism discourages local initiative and instead motivates African people to constantly borrow foreign thinking. The Achilles heel of anti-racism: taking ‘Western secularism’ as its norm, conceals the work of the Gospel… So, what would be a healthier approach?