[I was pleased to see this doing the rounds among some American friends of mine. Ian Smith who is quoted, below was the leader of the Rhodesian Rebellion when I was a kid. Everything he says about colonialism is true. The quote from Dixon is interesting. I don't know about Dixon. What I have seen, is that books written over 120+ years ago, by Whites travelling in Africa, was that they thought the Blacks would never survive contact with the West. They did not see these people are being capable of much. When I was kid, they said that we were 10,000 years ahead of the Blacks. Now that I know what modern science has discovered, especially about European history, I would say this is definitely true. The Whites definitely brought massive change and development to Africa in a very short time. This part of Dixon's quote is especially true, even now: "Since
the dawn of history the negro has owned the continent of
Africa–rich beyond the dream of poet’s fancy …." – This is so true. Its truer than you can imagine. I keep telling people that Africa is the richest continent on Earth beyond all imagination. Lebensraum!!! Jan]
These have been around before. They are worth repeating.
“To those who say derogatory things about colonialism, I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing.”
–Ian Smith, 1997
“Since the dawn of history the negro has owned the continent of Africa–rich beyond the dream of poet’s fancy, crunching acres of diamonds beneath his bare black feet. Yet he never picked one up from the dust until a white man showed to him its glittering light. His land swarmed with powerful and docile animals, yet he never dreamed a harness, cart, or sled. A hunter by necessity, he never made an axe, spear, or arrowhead worth preserving beyond the moment of its use. He lived as an ox, content to graze for an hour. In a land of stone and timber he never sawed a foot of lumber, carved a block, or built a house save of broken sticks and mud. With league on league of ocean strand and miles of inland seas, for four thousand years he watched their surface ripple under the wind, heard the thunder of the surf on his beach, the howl of the storm over his head, gazed on the dim blue horizon calling him to worlds that lie beyond, and yet he never dreamed a sail! He lived as his fathers lived–stole his food, worked his wife, sold his children, ate his brother, content to drink, sing, dance, and sport as the ape!”
–Thomas F. Dixon Jr., 1905