Contemporary postcard of the “Amazons of Dahomey”
(Source: Köln Postkolonial - Postcolonial Cologne)
You may have seen images of African women in memes claiming "these are the Amazons of Dahomey..."
You may have seen them and thought..."What a powerful representation of the strength of Black women everywhere. What a resilient people we are." But what if I told you that the photos you are looking at are fakes? And that each one is a distortion of the truth?
The Miseducation of the AFrican Negro
Queen Elizabeth II, the "Queen Mother of Rhodesia", inspects the Guard of Honor provided by the Kings African Rifles at Matopos in Southern Rhodesia, 1957
(Credit: Steve Bennett)
This is a photo of one of the native police forces employed by the European colonial powers in Africa.
Without these men, it would not have been possible for them to control the land and resources of the continent during the colonial era.
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When Negritude Meets Pettitude.