African Intellectualism and the Purging of European History

The Black Justice League at Princeton University in 2015, successfully campaigned for the removal of a dining-hall mural of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States and university president from 1902 to 1910. Wilson a Democrat, is accused of segregationist policies. Currently being contested at Princeton, is the expurgation of his name from the School of Public and International Affairs. Surprisingly, this anti-Wilson campaign was fashioned after the mainstream media’s much-publicised and violent Rhodes Must Fall protest, at University of Cape Town (UCT) that targeted the statue of Cecil John Rhodes. A British mining magnate and Prime Minister of South Africa’s Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896, Rhodes, a staunch imperialist during Queen Victoria’s reign, established the competitive Rhodes Scholarship, using funds from his estate. According to reports, the goals of the removal of the controversial statue and similar protests that took place at several South African universities, were “decolonisation of education” and “racial transformation” particularly at UCT, which is Africa’s highest-ranked university according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The university’s chancellor Graca Machel is wife of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first post-apartheid president. Ironically, the movement which gained liberal support and admiration worldwide especially in Western cities, has attracted anti-white sentiments. Rhodes Scholar and South African Ntokozo Qwabe, a UCT student leader who took the anti-Rhodes campaign to Oriel College, Oxford in the UK, saw Bristol University demanding the renaming of Wills Memorial. Henry Overton Wills III (1828-1911) who donated £100,000 to the newly established English university in 1909, and was made its first Chancellor, is blamed for profiting from the slave trade. Under the banner of “Royall Must Fall” and “Reclaim Harvard Law,” Harvard University was forced to retire the shield of Isaac Royall Jr, from its law school. Within its place, agitated black students suggested that a woman enslaved by the Royall family Belinda Hall, should take the honor. Son of a slaveholder, Royall Jr bequeathed land to Harvard College, which led to the founding of Harvard Law School in 1817. Also under reconsideration at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and College of William and Mary are statues of Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president. The transcending “triumph of racial identity” is violently sweeping across the West, from notable campuses into the public arena. By comparison, the 1960s and 1970s Students for a Democratic Society and their New Left movement, appear to be ideological minnows. Given The ultra-leftist charters that govern academic institutions in the U.S. ad western Europe, together with the championing media, minority scholars are winning the historical war resoundingly. Meanwhile in autocratic Africa and home of Qwabe, the anti-European revolutionary, African monuments are immune to foreign interference, even for several that are gaining ground in the West. Shaka Zulu, the 19th century South African king who used barbaric and gruesome methods to kill thousands of innocent South Africans including women and children; has been exonerated by Western scholars and historians. Hence, landmark buildings such as King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa, uShaka Marine World in the same city as well as a large statue at Camden Market, in London. Former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, who directed the massacre of 20,000 ethnic Ndebeles during the early 1980s, has been immortalized in several countries. The celebrated dictator who also institutionalized an unprecedented kleptocratic government in modern history, has proudly witnessed Harare International Airport in poverty-stricken Zimbabwe, change its name to Robert Mugabe. A billion-dollar university to honor his legacy, is within the pipeline. Despite this “academic revolution,” former director of Victoria and Albert Museum in London Sir Roy Strong, has defended history as the past, which cannot be rewritten. This followed a similar demand by The Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch, to remove Nelson’s Column.

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