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?
Give Me Liberty
Part I: False Greatness
Part II: Cast Down Your Soul
Part III: The Carternick Compromise
Man vs. Nature
Booker T. Washington vs. W. E. B. Du Bois
Jay-Z vs. Colin Kapernick
I. False Greatness
MYLo, forbear to call him bless'd
That only boasts a large estate,
Should all the treasures of the west
Meet, and conspire to make him great:
I know thy better thoughts, I know
Thy reason can't descend so low:
Let a broad stream, with golden sands,
Through all his meadows roll,
He's but a wretch, with all his lands,
That wears a narrow soul.
Black Research Central
When Negritude Meets Pettitude.