Colonialism in the nursery | Velociriot!

In short, the entire racial order in South Africa which sadly remained wholly intact until 1994 was predicated on this vision of significant parts of Africa within which indigenous populations were supposedly absent or minimal. From that idea of what Africa was like, the White population largely of British origin justified a number of misdeeds and atrocities.For one, that the eradication of Khoi, !Xun, and other non-Bantu ethnic groups in the area was something that they had little to no involvement in – which erases the history behind Saartjie Baartman and other people from such groups were removed by Europeans and treated like captive and curious animals. This idea of a sparsely populated South Africa was used to explain away the role Britain and other European powers played in removing many indigenous populations.What’s more, it became a pretext for various White settlers to claim lands far into the interior of Africa, well beyond the political boundaries of modern South Africa. The histories of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia are similar to South Africa in that White settler populations continue, in many cases to this day, to have disproportionate economic and political power. Ultimately that social structure formed the backbone of colonial rule throughout the region, with White settlers cast as what Marks called “the firm hand” to maintain order between various indigenous populations during times of shortages and dislocation, provoked by White seizures of their land and resources.

 

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